Memphis Grizzlies at Orlando Magic - Game 58 Preview

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We didn't snag J.J. Redick at the trade deadline, but at least we're not playing against him

This past Friday night we took a hard loss to the Heat to snap our 8-game winning streak. Tonight, we begin a string of five games against sub-.500 opponents as the Grizz are in Orlando night.

The Magic are 4-30 since December 20 and have dropped 16 of 18 playing at home. Orlando has allowed an average of 114.8 points in its last five home games and 108 points in its past 10 games overall. Contrast that to our defense lately - we've given up an average of 83.6 over the last five contests and 85.8 on the road.

The Magic made headlines with an announcement the morning of deadline day stating Redick wasn't going to get traded, but then worked out a deal that sent him to Milwaukee. One of the players acquired in the deal, Tobias Harris, has average 20.0 points in four games in a Magic uniform. He's been coming off the bench. Harris scored 27 in the 118-110 home loss to Houston on Friday.

Facts:

Don't know what else to do with these, so I thought I'd throw em in.

  • Grizz are 9-1 this season when shooting at least .500 from the field after going undefeated (13-0) when shooting at that rate last season.
  • Since Tayshaun Prince, Austin Daye, and Ed Davis have joined the Grizzlies, Memphis has assisted on over 60 percent of their made field goals - good for fourth in the NBA over that span (since Feb. 1). We ranked 25th in the league in assists-to-FGs made in the 45 games before the trade.
  • In the last time Memphis faced Orlando on February 22, the Magic forced 15 lead changes in the first half and cut our lead to three with 4:22 left in the fourth quarter. We responded with a 10-2 run to reclaim a double-digit advantage with a little over 1 min left in the game.


Final Prediction

Expect Marc Gasol to finish up another big game tonight - he's heavily favored against the Magic and is expected to dominate. The Grizz should pull out a victory on this one - even if Zach Randolph isn't on the court tonight due to a possible injury.

Final Score: Memphis Grizzlies 90, Orlando Magic 84

Game thread will be up and running tonight. See ya then for Sunday night basketball.

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