2014 NBA schedules: Nets host Grizzlies, look to get over .500 for 1st time this season

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

The Nets were left for dead earlier in the year, but now they're poised to finally get over the .500 mark.

There are 10 games on the NBA schedule Wednesday night, and although there are no marquee games, there are a few intriguing ones. Let's take a look at the action.

Main course: Memphis Grizzlies at Brooklyn Nets

7:30 p.m. ET

Heading into 2014, the Nets were 10-21 and Jason Kidd looked overwhelmed as a first-time head coach. But 2014 has proven to be a good year in Brooklyn, as the Nets have gone 19-8 and are poised to go over .500 for the first time in the 2013-14 season.

But a formidable foe in the Grizzlies stand in the way. Memphis had their own issues earlier in the year when Marc Gasol was sidelined with a knee injury, but like the Nets, things have turned for the better. The Grizzlies are on the cusp of the Western Conference playoff picture, just a half game behind the Phoenix Suns for the No. 8 seed.

Brooklyn has won three games in a row, including an impressive 16-point win over the streaking Chicago Bulls. This despite Kevin Garnett missing two straight games with back spasms. Garnett is out once again due to the back issues.

The Grizzlies have won two straight games and three of four, bolstered by a surprisingly high-powered offensive attack. Memphis averaged 108.8 points in the last four contests.

Appetizer: Indiana Pacers at Charlotte Bobcats

7 p.m. ET

The Pacers still have the NBA's best record, but they haven't exactly been playing like the league's best team of late. Indiana has been plagued by inconsistent offense since the calendar turned to 2014, and while a five-game winning streak just ended at the hands of Klay Thompson and the Golden State Warriors, most of those wins weren't all that impressive.

The Bobcats wrap up a brutal five-game stretch that also featured games against the Grizzlies, San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat. Charlotte has lost three games in a row, infamously giving up 61 points to LeBron James last time out.

Dessert: Atlanta Hawks at Portland Trail Blazers

10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

The Blazers look to get back to their winning ways after a stunning loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night. Portland had won five games in a row before the defeat, which also ended a run of five straight games holding opponents to under 100 points.

The Hawks, battered by injuries, have gone 1-11 in their last 12 games. Atlanta still has some breathing room as the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference, but the way they're playing, it is not impossible that they miss the playoffs. Paul Millsap remains sidelined with a right knee contusion.

Other games (all times ET)

Houston Rockets at Orlando Magic, 7 p.m.

Utah Jazz at Washington Wizards, 7 p.m.

Golden State Warriors at Boston Celtics, 7:30 p.m.

Chicago Bulls at Detroit Pistons, 7:30 p.m.

Sacramento Kings at Milwaukee Bucks, 8 p.m.

New York Knicks at Minnesota Timberwolves, 8 p.m.

Dallas Mavericks at Denver Nuggets, 8 p.m.

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