The New Orleans Pelicans travel to Memphis to face their Southwest Division rival, the Memphis Grizzlies. The Pelicans lead the division with an 11-7 record, while the Grizzlies are 10-8. The Pelicans defeated the Grizzlies in New Orleans on November 15. The Grizzlies won three of four games in New Orleans last season.
Are Ja Morant and Desmond Bane playing vs Pelicans?
This season, the Memphis Grizzlies are 10-8. They are in the thick of the Western Conference race, competing for first place with Dallas and New Orleans. The Grizzlies, on the other hand, have lost two straight games and four of their last five.
Ja Morant will continue to be the team’s top player in the upcoming game against the Pelicans.
In 34 minutes against the Kings on Tuesday, Ja Morant had 34 points (12-21 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 9-15 FT), seven rebounds, six assists, and two steals.
Morant shot the ball well in this one and has continued to put up impressive rebounding numbers in his last three games, grabbing 22 total rebounds. The point guard has been dominant in the first month and a half of the 2022-23 season, averaging 28.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, 7.0 assists, and 1.1 steals in 15 games.
Meanwhile, Desmond Bane suffered a Grade 2 sprain of his right big toe against Minnesota on Nov. 11 and will be out for two to three weeks.
John Konchar is questionable for Friday’s game against the Pelicans due to left calf soreness.
Santi Aldama is questionable to play against the Pelicans on Friday.
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The New Orleans Pelicans have been on a tear this season. They defeated the San Antonio Spurs 129-110 on Wednesday night. It was their fifth win in the last six games. They are now 11-7 and lead the Southwest Division by one game over Memphis.
Williamson returned to action after missing three games due to a right foot contusion, and he had one of the worst fantasy performances of the season.
The Pelicans made no mention of Williamson’s minutes restriction upon his return to the lineup, but because New Orleans led by 24 points at halftime, none of the starters saw their usual amounts of playing time.
Williamson’s minutes and production should increase in the coming games now that his injury appears to be behind him.
CJ McCollum (health and safety protocols) will miss Friday’s game against the Grizzlies.
Trey Murphy (foot) is questionable for the game against Memphis on Friday.