Ja Morant, who returned from a 25-game suspension to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to four consecutive victories, is classified as questionable for their Thursday night game against the Denver Nuggets. When it became apparent that Morant was ill, the Grizzlies added him to their already extensive list of injuries.
Due to a hamstring injury, Derrick Rose, who started for the Memphis Grizzlies while Ja Morant was suspended, will miss time and it is unclear when he will be back. Due to a knee injury, Luke Kennard is also out for the Memphis Grizzlies.
Although Brandon Clarke is still sidelined due to an Achilles injury, he told ESPN’s Marc Spears that he anticipates playing again in late February or during the NBA All-Star break. Due to his knee surgery recovery, Steven Adams will not play for the Memphis Grizzlies.
What is the status of Ja Morant?
Ja Morant became unwell the day after he went off and hit the game-winning basket for the Memphis Grizzlies against the New Orleans Pelicans. It is not connected to COVID-19.
Since those who contracted the virus would miss one or two games, there is a good likelihood that Morant will decide to skip the day’s activities.
Stats for Ja Morant vs the New Orleans Pelicans
Against the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night, Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies went on fire. In the end, he had four rebounds, seven assists, one steal, two blocks, and 31 points.
Similar to their first meeting, which occurred during his first game back from a lengthy suspension, Morant made the game-winning basket for the Grizzlies in their 116-115 overtime triumph.
If Morant is ruled out, Desmond Bane could need to have a better game than his 27 points, five rebounds, seven assists, and one block to defeat the Denver Nuggets. With 19 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, and 1 steal, Jaren Jackson Jr. contributed.
Marcus Smart has been playing small forward lately, particularly since the return of Ja Morant. If Morant is unavailable, Smart may start Xavier Tillman on the wings and revert to his natural guard position. Off the bench, Tillman was outstanding defensively, finishing with a game-high five blocks, eight rebounds, two points, and one steal.
There are twelve NBA games on Wednesday, including the Toronto Raptors vs. Memphis Grizzlies showdown. The two teams have not played one other before; Toronto prevailed 106-103 in their most recent meeting on February 5, 2023. This will be their first meeting of the season.
Having said that, let’s look at the Toronto Raptors vs. Memphis Grizzlies preview for January 3rd, which includes the prediction, starting lineups, and betting advice.
Against the Grizzlies, the Raptors have an all-time advantage of 28–26. Toronto prevailed in the most recent encounter, as was already mentioned. In the victory, Pascal Siakam finished with 19 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 1 steal. For Memphis, Desmond Bane scored 26 points.Preview, forecast, starting lineups, odds, and betting advice for the Toronto Raptors vs. Memphis Grizzlies game
The Memphis Grizzlies and Toronto Raptors matchup is set to take place at FedExForum on Wednesday, January 3. The game airs on Bally Sports SE-MEM and TSN, and it starts at 8 p.m. EST. Fans may watch the game live on NBA League Pass and fuboTV.Preview of Toronto Raptors vs. Memphis Grizzlies
With a 13–20 record, the Raptors are ranked 12th in the East. Following their trade from the New York Knicks, RJ Barrett and Immanuel Quickley made their team debuts against the Cleveland Cavaliers in their most recent game. Toronto, which has a 4-11 record away from home, will attempt to turn things around with a reorganized lineup.
The Grizzlies, with an 11–22 record, are ranked 13th in the West. Given that Ja Morant was absent for the first 25 games, that might be a little deceptive. Memphis has gone 5-3 since he returned, with one of the defeats occurring during Morant’s sick leave. The Grizzlies, who defeated the San Antonio Spurs 106-98 on Tuesday, will be playing the second half of a back-to-back.