It’s an interconference battle on the hardwood down in the Sunshine State. The Memphis Grizzlies are on the road as they make the trip to face the Orlando Magic Friday night. Memphis comes in off a 137-121 victory at home over Minnesota Wednesday night in their last game. Orlando was defeated 107-106 on the road by Dallas in their previous contest Wednesday night. The Grizzlies own a narrow 23-22 edge in the all-time regular-season series between the teams but the Magic has won four of the last five meetings. Last season, the teams split two matchups with Orlando taking a 123-119 home win in the most recent meeting on March 22, 2019.
Memphis Grizzlies Look to Build off Season High Point TotalMemphis had dropped three straight and five of their first six games this season before piling up a season-high in points in their win over Minnesota. The Grizzlies hope that some of that offense comes with them on the road here. Memphis led by 11 after the opening quarter, by eight at the half and by five after three quarters in the game. In the fourth quarter, the Grizzlies saw Minnesota claw within two on several occasions: the team rallied, going on a 19-5 run to take a 131-115 lead with 2:44 to play. That proved to be enough for the victory. Memphis shot a sizzling 56.2 percent from the field, including draining 12 of 23 from three-point range and controlled the glass 49-36. Dillon Brooks led the Grizzlies with 31 points in the loss.
𝟐 𝐓𝐫𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐬 & 𝐀 𝐋𝐢𝐞: @brandonclarke23 edition.— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) November 7, 2019
✅BC was a perfect 7-7 from the field last night.
✅BC leads the NBA rooks in Player Efficiency Rating.
❌ We lost to the @Timberwolves last night. #GrzNxtGen pic.twitter.com/pYeU7lQX6f
The Grizzlies are 18th in the league in scoring offense as they put up 110 points per game on the year. Memphis stands fifth in the league in rebounding with 48.1 boards a night while the team is sixth by dishing out 25.4 assists per contest. The Grizzlies are 24th in the league in scoring defense as they allow 117.9 points per game on the year. Ja Morant leads Memphis with 20.4 points plus 5.3 assists per game this season. Dillon Brooks puts up 15.1 points a night while Jonas Valanciunas contributes 11.4 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. Brandon Clarke (11.3 points) and Jaren Jackson Jr. (11 points) are solid secondary options. Jae Crowder, Kyle Anderson and Tyus Jones are important rotation pieces for the Grizzlies. The Grizzlies are 19th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 44.7 percent from the floor as a team this season. Memphis is 28th in the league with 8.6 three-pointers a night while the team is 28th in three-point shooting as they hit 29.4 percent from beyond the arc this season.
Orlando Magic Trying to Get On TrackOrlando suffered their fourth straight loss as they ended up falling short thanks to a series of late miscues. The Magic hopes to get back on track playing on their home floor here. Orlando led by three after the opening quarter and by two at the half only to trail by seven after three quarters. In the fourth, the Magic went back and forth, trailing by one in the final minute. Orlando had three possessions in the last 40 seconds with a chance to take the lead: Aaron Gordon was whistled for an offensive foul on two of them while Nikola Vucevic missed a three-point attempt with 1.1 seconds to play. The Magic shot 48.8 percent from the field, including six of 24 from three-point range, and was hurt by 18 turnovers. Gordon led the Magic with 23 points while Vucevic had 19 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in the contest.
The Magic is 30th in the league in scoring offense with 95.1 points per game so far this season. Orlando is 8th in the league in rebounding with 46.9 boards per contest and 25th with 21 assists per game this season. The Magic is second in the league in scoring defense as they allow only 99.8 points per contest. Nikola Vucevic contributes 16.3 points plus 10.3 rebounds per contest to lead the team. Evan Fournier is second on the team with 14.3 points per game this season. while Markelle Fultz (10.3 points) and D.J. Augustin (nine points, 4.3 assists) have contributed in the early going. The Magic will need more from Aaron Gordon (13.3 points, 6.1 rebounds), Al-Farouq Aminu and Jonathan Isaac (11.1 points, seven rebounds) in order to have success. Orlando is dead last in the league in field goal percentage by shooting 40.7 percent from the floor as a team. The Magic are 30th in the league in threes per game as they knock down 8.1 triples per contest while the team is 30th in three-point shooting by converting only 26.6 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc.
The top trends according to Covers.com:
- Grizzlies are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points
- Grizzlies are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games after scoring more than 125 points in their previous game
- Magic are 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall
- Magic are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 day of rest
- Magic are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game