Where are Pacers, Grizzlies going?

Paul George has taken a step forward for Indiana while Rudy Gay could be moving on from Memphis. Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports

When the Indiana Pacers and Memphis Grizzlies square off in Monday's annual matinee celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., both teams might feel like they're looking in the mirror. In a league trending toward smaller lineups, the Pacers and Grizzlies feature inside-out offenses built around a pair of quality big men. Those post players also anchor elite defenses.

There's one key difference between the two teams, however, and it's one that could determine Memphis' direction before the trade deadline -- the Grizzlies are stuck in the loaded Western Conference, while Indiana has an easier playoff path in the East.