The Memphis Grizzlies and Orlando Magic will lock horns with each other in an enticing 2020-21 NBA clash on Saturday. In their previous meeting, the Grizzlies beat the Magic 92-75 in a low-scoring game. The Memphis Grizzlies are eighth in the Western Conference and have the second-easiest schedule of any team in the remainder of the season.
Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic are in a rebuilding phase. They are tied for the last spot in the Eastern Conference, and as per lottery odds, they have a 52% chance of getting a top-4 pick in the upcoming draft.
Memphis Grizzlies vs Orlando Magic: Injury Report
The Memphis Grizzlies have had a largely healthy roster lately but have listed Grayson Allen and Jaren Jackson Jr. out of this game against the Orlando Magic. Allen is ruled out due to a hand injury, while Jackson Jr. misses out because of injury management.
Jaren Jackson Jr. has played just four games for the Memphis Grizzlies this season, though.
Markelle Fultz (knee), Jonathan Isaac (knee), Davin Cannady (ankle) and Otto Porter Jr. (foot) are all ruled out for the rest of the season. Michael Carter-Williams is out of the game against the Memphis Grizzlies as well due to an ankle injury and is expected to miss the rest of the campaign.
Terrance Ross did not play in the last game, as he was suffering from back spasms; he is expected to be out of this match as well. Chuma Okeke, who did not play on Friday due to ankle issues, is listed as 'day-to-day' for this game.
Memphis Grizzlies vs Orlando Magic: Predicted Lineups
The Memphis Grizzlies could use the same lineup they used on Friday. Ja Morant and Jonas Valanciunas have continued to impress and lead the team to victories.
Morant and Valanciunas will likely reprise their point guard and center roles, respectively. Desmond Bane should be the shooting guard, while Dillon Brooks could be the small forward. Kyle Anderson should be the power forward.
The rebuilding Orlando Magic have had numerous starting lineups this season. Cole Anthony could be the point guard for this game, and Gary Harris might join him in the backcourt as the two-guard.
James Ennis III is expected to be the small forward again. Moritz Wagner could be the power forward instead of center, as Wendell Carter Jr. will likely take the 5 spot. Albeit in a loss, Mo Bamba was quite impressive off the bench in his last game, so he could likely start this match as well.
Memphis Grizzlies vs Orlando Magic: Predicted Starting 5s
Point Guard - Ja Morant | Shooting Guard - Desmon Bane | Small Forward - Dillon Brooks | Power Forward - Kyle Anderson | Center - Jonas Valanciunas.
Point Guard - Cole Anthony | Shooting Guard - Gary Harris | Small Forward - James Ennis III | Power Forward - Moritz Wagner | Center - Wendell Carter Jr.