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Memphis Grizzlies vs Philadelphia 76ers: Preseason Game Preview

The Grizzlies have split their first two preseason games. Can they come away with a win against the Sixers on Tuesday night?

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WHO: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Philadelphia 76ers

WHEN: 7:00 PM CT

WHERE: FedEx Forum in Memphis, TN

HOW TO WATCH/LISTEN: TV Information Not Available- 92.9 ESPN Memphis

The Memphis Grizzlies are set to take on the Philadelphia 76ers in their third preseason game. Despite several key players set to miss the game for both teams, there’s still plenty to look out for in this matchup.


Both teams currently have five players that are slated to miss the game or are doubtful to play.

Mike Conley is dealing with a hip injury, but still practiced at the end of last week. Expect the Grizzlies to play this safe and rest Conley for this game. Tony Allen continues to nurse a knee injury and is expected to sit out for the third game in a row.

The Grizzlies’ power forward position is currently ailing. Jarrell Martin (foot), Deyonta Davis (foot), and Brandan Wright (ankle) are all expected to miss this preseason matchup. All three are listed as day-to-day and the team is optimistic that they will be available as early as the next game. The team added Vince Hunter to the roster to make up for the lost depth.

The Sixers will reportedly sit both Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel once again in this game as they are both working to get healthy. Nik Stauskas is nursing a hamstring injury that will hold him out, while rookie point guard Anthony Barber will sit out with a hand injury. It is also expected that the team will hold out Croatian Olympic star, Dario Saric, to give him a rest.

Joel Embiid vs. Marc Gasol

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This is an intriguing matchup that many around the league will have their eyes on.

Embiid, the no. 3 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, is seeing his first NBA action this preseason and has played well thus far in limited minutes. His skills in the post appear to be solid, as do his rim protection skills. Embiid has provided some highlights thus far to excite the Sixer faithful that have waited two years to see him play.

But now he faces his toughest test in Gasol. Gasol, too, is fresh off of an injury and looking to shake off the rust this preseason. But, regardless, he is still a top-level NBA center with superb two-way skills who has shown even more confidence in his perimeter shooting.

This is a classic rookie, albeit an unconventional one, vs. veteran match-up. The fact that both of them are coming off of serious injuries makes it even more intriguing.

Grizzlies to Watch

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JaMychal Green will be playing in his second preseason game as the announced starter at power forward. Although Conley, Allen, and Parsons will all sit this game out, look for Green to continue to try to build chemistry with Gasol. His energy, athleticism, and toughness make him a good fit next to Gasol, and consistent perimeter shooting could make him a great one.

Wade Baldwin IV will presumably start at point guard with Conley out, and fans have been impressed with his talent thus far. With a Sixers team that is thin at point guard, look for Baldwin to impose himself on both ends of the floor and put up solid numbers in Conley’s absence.

Former Memphis Tiger DJ Stephens has taken this preseason by storm with his high-flying display of dunks and athleticism. Look for him to continue to make highlight plays as he fights for a roster spot.

These Grizzlies are still recovering from injuries, a far too familiar development for fans, but keep an eye out for this game as several key role players seek to prove themselves in the absence of starters.

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