Morant leads Memphis against Minnesota after 44-point outing | Basketball News


Memphis Grizzlies (41-19, third in Western Conference) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (31-28, seventh in Western Conference)

Minneapolis; Thursday, 8 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Memphis takes on the Minnesota Timberwolves after Ja Morant scored 44 points in the Grizzlies’ 123-119 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Timberwolves are 20-18 in conference play. Minnesota ranks second in the Western Conference with 11.9 offensive rebounds per game led by Jarred Vanderbilt with a 3.1 average.

The Grizzlies are 28-12 against Western Conference opponents. Memphis is 4-3 in games decided by less than 4 points.

The two teams are meeting for the fourth time this season. The Grizzlies beat the Timberwolves 116-108 when they last met on January 14. Desmond Bane led the Grizzlies with 21 points and Anthony Edwards led the Timberwolves with 30 points.

TOP PERFORMERS: Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 24.4 points per game and averaging 9.7 rebounds for the Timberwolves. Edwards is averaging 17.6 points and 3.0 rebounds over Minnesota’s last 10 games.

Bane is shooting 41.9 percent from beyond the arc on 2.9 3-pointers per game for the Grizzlies, averaging 17.9 points. Morant is shooting 51.5 percent and averaging 31.1 points over the last 10 games for Memphis.

LAST 10 GAMES: Timberwolves: 7-3, averaged 122.3 points, 43.8 rebounds, 29.5 assists, 8.1 steals and 5.8 blocks per game while shooting 47.3% from the field . Their opponents are averaging 116.6 points per game.

Grizzlies: 8-2, averaging 124.0 points, 52.3 rebounds, 27.0 assists, 9.7 steals and 6.1 blocks per game while shooting 48.3 percent from the field. Their opponents average 111.5 points.

INJURIES: Timberwolves: McKinley Wright IV: out (arm).

Grizzlies: Xavier Tillman: day to day (thigh), Yves Pons: day to day (thigh), Dillon Brooks: out (ankle).

The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data write and data from sports radar.

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