Magic (19-43, 9-20 road) at Grizzlies (31-30, 13-17 home)
- Time: 5PM PST – 7PM CST – 8PM EST
- Place: FedExForum, Memphis, TN
- TV: Bally Sports Southeast | Bally Sports Philadelphia | NBA League Pass
The Magic come off of a win in Cleveland that ended a six-game losing streak and now they come into FedEx Forum against a Grizzlies team that is smarting from Wednesday’s loss at Portland.
Memphis is sitting at the 8-seed as of now as the Grizzlies are 1.5 back of the Blazers and 3.5 back of the 6-seed Mavericks.
Orlando is 24-23 lifetime vs. the Grizzlies, but 4-15 in Memphis. The Magic won both of last year’s meetings and have won seven of nine in the series.
The two teams fly back to Orlando after the game for a home-road back-to-back.
- Orlando Magic – Terrence Ross (back) – Day to Day; Michael Carter-Williams (ankle), Chuma Okeke (ankle), Otto Porter (foot) – OUT
- Memphis Grizzlies – Grayson Allen (ankle) – Doubtful; Jaren Jackson (injury management) – OUT
Magic (34-27-1, ATS):
- The Magic is 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games
- The OVER has been the play in 8 of the Magic’s last 9 games
- Orlando is 5-2 ATS in it’s last 7 games vs. Memphis
Grizzlies (31-26-3, ATS):
- The Grizzlies are 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games
- The UNDER has been the play in 4 of the Grizzlies’ last 5 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 fo the Grizzlies’ last 6 games
Last Time Out
Gary Harris scored 19 points and Chuma Okeke and Cole Anthony had 18 each as the Magic won at Cleveland, 109-104. Orlando outscored the Cavaliers, 32-17, in the third quarter and led 86-63 with 10:42 remaining.
Memphis trailed by as many as 33 before dropping a 130-109 decision against Portland on Wednesday. Jonas Valanciunas scored 19 to lead the Grizzlies while Dillon Brooks netted 18. Portland held Ja Morant to 10 points.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Grizzlies||+12.5 (-110)||+600||O 224.5 (-110)|
|Magic||-12.5 (-110)||-800||U 224.5 (-110)|
*Odds Courtesy of BetUS Sportsbook
The Magic defended the three on Wednesday as they allowed Cleveland to make only 12-of-44 shots. The Grizzlies have enough three-point shooters that they can spread the floor and score with regularity behind Grayson Allen, is the most efficient three-point shooter, but he is likely out of tonight’s game with an injury. Dillon Brooks will then be the go-to on the perimeter where he shoots 34.5% but also gets to the line where he makes 84.5%. Pressure on the Memphis perimeter will be a key in this game.
Key Magic Stat:
Gary Harris has averaged 18 points in his last two games and he passed out seven assists in the win over the Cavaliers. Orlando is in a flux as it is so young and really has no one as a primary and secondary options. Harris and Dwayne Bacon are the most savvy and experienced veterans and will have to carry Orlando, who will miss Chuma Okeke with an injury.
Offensively, Orlando has struggled and especially since the trades of Nikola Vucevic, Evan Fournier, and Aaron Gordon. The Magic average 104.3 points (29th/NBA) which are down from 107.3 points last season. Orlando makes only 43.1% of its shots (30th/NBA), down from 44.4% of a year ago.
The Grizzlies should have no problem creating tempo, spreading the floor, and finding dribble lanes where they can get to the hole against a Orlando’s defense which gives up 52 two-point shots (9th/NBA) per game. The post-up game with Jonas Valanciunas, who shoots 58% from the floor and 60% from two will also be viable with Morant and Brooks working the perimeter. Valančiūnis is averaging 17.7 points and 6.3 points in his last three games as he has made 23-of-39 field goals.
Key Grizzlies Stat:
The Grizzlies’ defensive prowess gets lost in the greatness of their defense as Memphis is first in the league in steals at 9.4 per games and second in deflections at 16.5. Taylor Jenkins’ team averages 19.1 points off of turnovers (1st/NBA) as they score 16.8% (3rd/NBA) points off of turnovers while their opponents’ turnover percentage is 14.9 (7th/NBA).
Morant will be out to quickly erase Wednesday night’s 10-point night as he will make Orlando point man Cole Anthony guard him repeatedly off the dribble. Morant continues to thrive as the leader of this team as he has 12 point-assist double-doubles after posting 12 last season. He had averaged 29.4 points over the five games previous to Wednesday night’s off-night.
Winner: Grizzlies (-12.5) 121, Magic 106