We have another night with some heavy back-to-back action. Everything was going fairly smooth on avoiding the surprise news, but Tuesday had Brook Lopez suddenly get ruled out right before tip, and Jimmy Butler’s ankle soreness kept him out of a back-to-back set. Hopefully, this doesn’t become a trend after the NBA set its guidelines.
Secondly, writing matchups every day is brand new to me, so I’m going to experiment with some formats on what works best for everyone. I think this one really came out great, but we’re always open to feedback (feel free to @ me on Twitter @MikeSGallagher if you have positive or negative feedback, or something you think NBA Matchups is missing; don’t worry if it’s harsh, I touted Marquese in his second season, so I have thick skin on criticism). I added way more rotation notes not just on subs, but also some internal stuff like usage or team trends. Each game also has three interesting stats, trends or quotes about a player or group of players that will be more about the opponent, as well.
Memphis Grizzlies (110.3) vs. Utah Jazz (114.3), 2:30 PM ET
Offensive pace on season (of 30): Grizzlies 7th, Jazz 26th
Defensive pace on season (of 30): Grizzlies 4th, Jazz 12th
Grizzlies expected starters: Ja Morant, Dillon Brooks, Kyle Anderson, Brandon Clarke, Jonas Valanciunas
Jazz expected starters: Mike Conley, Donovan Mitchell, Joe Ingles, Royce O’Neale, Rudy Gobert
Injury news: Tyus Jones (knee) remains out, Jaren Jackson Jr. (knee) is out for the season, Nigel Williams-Goss (ankle) is out.
Grizzlies rotation notes: Clarke had an 11-minute stint when Jonas Valanciunas had foul trouble in the Disney opener, and Clarke has 262 minutes next to JV on the year (12/10/2 per 36) and 14 minutes next to him in the bubble, Grayson Allen has 26 minutes without Ja in Orlando with 21 points scored in that time (16 points in 54 minutes with him), 26 minutes of De’Anthony Melton, Brooks and Morant in bubble (236 on season), Melton has really struggled lately, Ja is third in the bubble for drives per game and third in potential assists.