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NBA Preview: Memphis Grizzlies (18-31) at Boston Celtics (37-12)

The Memphis Grizzlies will attempt to end a four-game losing streak when they visit the Boston Celtics on Sunday night.

The four-game skid began with a 116-110 road loss to the Indiana Pacers last Sunday. Memphis followed that up with home losses to the Sacramento Kings, 103-94 on Monday, the Cleveland Cavaliers, 108-101 on Thursday, and the Golden State Warriors, 121-101 on Friday.

The Grizzlies, who have dealt with injuries to their top players throughout the season, are averaging 107.2 points per game, which ranks last among the 30 NBA teams. Memphis shot 40.2 percent from the field and was 14 of 46 (30.4 percent) from 3-point territory during Friday’s loss.

Jaren Jackson Jr. led the Grizzlies with 27 points against the Warriors. Jacob Gilyard added a career-high 16 points, and David Roddy also had 16.

Memphis has been playing without Desmond Bane because of a sprained ankle. Bane is averaging 24.4 points per game this season. Ja Morant is out for the season after shoulder surgery.

The Celtics will be trying to avoid back-to-back home losses. Boston is coming off one of its worst performances of the season, a 114-105 home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, who played without Anthony Davis and LeBron James.

Boston began the season 20-0 at home but has lost three of its five home games since then.

Sunday’s game will be the second time the teams have faced each other this season. Porzingis scored 26 points to help the Celtics prevail 102-100 in a game played Nov. 19 in Memphis. The Celtics won despite 17 turnovers.

Memphis received a game-high 30 points from Bane in the November meeting, and Santi Aldama finished with 28 points and 12 rebounds.

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