Memphis Grizzlies vs Orlando Magic Preview 2/5/2022

AP Photo/John Raoux

Memphis Grizzlies vs Orlando Magic Preview 2/5/2022

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Memphis Grizzlies vs Orlando Magic Preview 2/5/2022

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The Orlando Magic have the worst record in the NBA, but they are ready to compete against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. The Magic edged out the Indiana Pacers, 119-118, on Wednesday. Orlando won two of their last three games and will hope to start a winning streak on Saturday night.

The Memphis Grizzlies are having one of the best starts to a season in franchise history. Anchored by Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr., they sit in the third spot in the Western Conference with a 36-18 record. The Grizzlies managed to hold off the Knicks, 120-108, at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday evening.

How The Memphis Grizzlies Can Win: 

The Grizzlies are looking to keep their winning ways rolling against a struggling Magic squad. Morant has been the catalyst for the team’s success this season with an average of 26.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 6.9 assists. In the Knicks game, Morant scored 23 points with nine assists. Jackson Jr. added 26 points in the winning effort. Morant’s ability to attack the rim will cause a problem for the Magic on Saturday. If Morant has success going inside the paint, the Grizzlies will be set up for a win.

How The Orlando Magic Can Win:

The rookie combination of Franz Wagner and Jalen Suggs has been a great source of optimism for the Magic. Wagner and Suggs combined for 29 points against the Pacers on Wednesday. They have supplemented Cole Anthony and Gary Harris’ performance this season. In order to beat a talented Grizzlies team, the Magic will need to have at least five players in double figures to account for a high-scoring game. If they have scoring troubles, that will favor the Grizzlies.

The Spread Via FanDuel: 

Moneyline: ORL (+240)| MEM (-295)

Spread: ORL (+7)| MEM (-7)

 

Final Prediction: Grizzlies 125, Magic 102

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