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The Memphis Grizzlies are on a two-game losing streak, where they've struggled to contain their opponents on offence. Even without CJ McCollum, the diversity of the Pelicans' attack should be enough to overcome their opponents.
New Orleans Pelicans def. Memphis Grizzlies
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|New Orleans Pelicans||Head-to-Head||Memphis Grizzlies|
|Willie Green||Head Coach||Taylor Jenkins|
|11-7 (3rd in West)||Standing||10-8 (7th in West)|
|116.3 (5th of 30)||Off Rtg||112.8 (12th of 30)|
|109.4 (5th of 30)||Def Rtg||112.6 (18th of 30)|
|99.4 (17th of 30)||Pace||100.0 (13th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|Z. Williamson (23.1)||PPG||J. Morant (28.9)|
|J. Valanciunas (9.3)||RPG||S. Adams (10.9)|
|C. McCollum (6.1)||APG||J. Morant (7.0)|
|C. McCollum (1.2)||SPG||J. Jackson Jr. (1.3)|
|L. Nance Jr. (0.8)||BPG||J. Jackson Jr. (4.3)|
|L. Nance Jr. (.679)/Z. Williamson (8.9)||FG%/FGM||S. Adams (.624)/J. Morant (10.1)|
|J. Valanciunas (.480)/C. McCollum (2.4)||3P%/3PM||D. Bane (.451)/D. Bane (3.8)|
|Kira Lewis Jr.||New Orleans Pelicans||9 Dec 2021||Out (Knee)||Lewis Jr. suffered a torn ACL and a grade 2 MCL sprain. There is no timetable for his return.|
|E.J. Liddell||New Orleans Pelicans||18 Oct 2022||Out (Knee)||Liddell tore his right ACL and will miss most of the season.|
|Trey Murphy III||New Orleans Pelicans||23 Nov 2022||Out (Foot)||Murphy was OUT for New Orleans' Wednesday (Nov 23) game.|
|CJ McCollum||New Orleans Pelicans||22 Nov 2022||Out (Illness)||McCollum was OUT for New Orleans' Wednesday (Nov 23) game.|
|Danny Green||Memphis Grizzlies||28 Jun 2022||Out (Knee)||Green has a torn ACL and LCL in his left knee. There is no timetable for his return.|
|Ziaire Williams||Memphis Grizzlies||26 Oct 2022||Out (Knee)||Williams is expected to return in 4-6 weeks.|
|Desmond Bane||Memphis Grizzlies||15 Nov 2022||Out (Toe)||Bane has a Grade 2 sprain and will be re-evaluated in 2-3 weeks.|
The New Orleans Pelicans are looking to push their winning streak to three in a row when they face the Memphis Grizzlies. They'll be missing CJ McCollum for this meeting, but that hasn't slowed their excellent offence in recent games.
The New Orleans Pelicans own the league's third-best scoring offence, averaging 117.6 points per game. They shoot the ball very well from the field, averaging 48.9% shooting from the field and 38.5% from three - both fourth overall in their respective categories.
The Memphis Grizzlies aren't the defensive team that they've been in years past, but the Pelicans still need to be wary of their presence inside. If they can continue to shoot well from the field, the Pelicans should push their win streak to three games.
The New Orleans Pelicans are privileged to have Jose Alvardo available to them, especially in their last outing with CJ McCollum unavailable. Against the New Orleans Pelicans, Alvarado will be charged with slowing down NBA All-Star Ja Morant.
In his last game Alvarado got the start and played 29 minutes. He posted 5 points, 9 assists, and 3 rebounds on 40% shooting from the field and 50% shooting from three-point range. He did an excellent job running the offence, while also maintaining his defensive pressure by collecting 3 steals.
Alvarado has a tall task trying to contain Ja Morant. In order to help the Pelicans to victory he'll need to limit Morant's shot quality, while also improving on the 5 turnovers he committed in his last game.
The Memphis Grizzlies are coming off of a two-game losing streak when they take on the New Orleans Pelicans. Coming up against one of the league's best three-point shooting teams, the Grizzlies need to tighten up their perimeter defence.
The Grizzlies are in the bottom third of the NBA in terms of three-point defence. They allow teams to shoot 36.5% from the field, just 21st in the NBA. Over their last two games, both losses, the Grizzlies have allowed teams to shoot 51.4% from the field and 39.2% from three-point range.
The Pelicans are a team that that don't make a tremendous amount of threes (11.6 per game), but they've got excellent efficiency (38.5% per game). The Grizzlies have held their opponents to under 38.5% from three in 10 of their last 18 games, their 8-2 record in those games foreshadows their success.
The Memphis Grizzlies are coming off of a loss in their last game. While they were competitive in their effort, much was left to be desired by Canadian guard Dillon Brooks. If he can put up an efficient effort against the Pelicans, the Grizzlies have a good chance at victory.
In his last game, a loss to the Sacramento Kings, Brooks posted 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. Unfortunately, he posted his numbers on just 37.5% shooting from the field and failed to convert on any of his three three-point field goals.
The Grizzlies shot just 8 of 30 from deep in their last game, a number that could've been remedied by a more productive Brooks. To beat the interior strength of the Pelicans, Brooks needs to be a capable secondary option to Morant.
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