The Memphis Grizzlies and Orlando Magic are set to face off in an interconference matchup in Florida. The Grizzlies are coming off a win against the Sacramento Kings and are currently sitting in first place in the Southwest Division with a record of 27-16. They have had mixed results in the second game of back-to-back sets this season, with a 2-2 record and a -6.5 point differential in those games. On the road, the Grizzlies have a record of 8-10 with a -2.9 point differential. They have had success against Eastern Conference opponents, with a 12-3 record and a +9.7 point differential in those matchups. The team is led in scoring by Ja Morant, who averages 27.2 points per game, and also receives contributions from Desmond Bane and Santi Aldama. The Grizzlies have a strong rebounding game, leading the league with an average of 49 boards per game, and also rank 12th in the league in assists, with an average of 25.1 per game. Defensively, they rank 8th in the league in points allowed, giving up an average of 111.1 per game.
The Orlando Magic have a record of 13-24 and are in fourth place in the Southeast Division. They have struggled in the second game of back-to-back sets, with a 0-6 record and a -8 point differential in those games. At home, they have a record of 9-11 with a -2.2 point differential. They have a 6-6 record against Western Conference opponents, with a -0.7 point differential in those games. The Magic are led in scoring by Nik Vucevic and Evan Fournier, but will need contributions from their entire roster if they hope to come out on top in this matchup. The team ranks in the middle of the pack in several categories, including points scored (20th), field goal percentage (17th), three-pointers made (19th), and three-point field goal percentage (14th). Defensively, they rank 22nd in the league in points allowed, giving up an average of 116.6 per game.
There are several players listed as questionable for this game, including Brandon Clarke and Dillon Brooks for the Grizzlies, and James Ennis III and Terrence Ross for the Magic. It will be important to monitor their status before the game as their absences could impact the outcome. In the all-time regular season series between these teams, the Grizzlies hold a 26-25 advantage and have won both meetings in the last season, including a 124-96 home win in the most recent matchup on March 5, 2022. The Magic will look to defend their home court and come out with a win, but the Grizzlies have the experience and talent to make it a challenging matchup.
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