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NBA Preview: Memphis Grizzlies (37-23) at Houston Rockets (13-48)

The Memphis Grizzlies have performed admirably away from the FedExForum throughout this season, despite how well they have done at home.

On Wednesday night, the Grizzlies will begin a four-game road trip with a matchup against the Houston Rockets, providing them with yet another opportunity to improve their road record.

On the road, the Grizzlies are 11-18, but they are 26-5 at home, where they beat the Los Angeles Lakers 121-109 on Tuesday. Before superstar Ja Morant took over, Memphis was three points behind at the half.

Memphis, which has won five of its last seven games, got 10 rebounds and 10 assists from Morant, who scored 28 of his 39 points in the third quarter.

In the victory, Xavier Tillman continued to impress, scoring 18 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Jaren Jackson Jr. and Desmond Bane each scored 16 points.

In his three starts in place of injured center Steven Adams, Tillman has averaged 12.7 points and 10.0 rebounds.

After being out since late January with a PCL sprain in his right knee, Adams, who is averaging 8.6 points and 11.5 rebounds, may be close to returning.

Six of the last seven meetings with Houston have been won by the Grizzlies, including a 129-122 victory on Oct. 21.

After losing to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday by a score of 133-112, the Rockets are now 10 games down. One game after allowing Damian Lillard to score a career-high 71 points in a loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, Houston fell behind by as much as 26 points.

The play of leading scorer Jalen Green, who returned after missing two games with a groin strain, was one bright spot for Houston against Denver. In just 19 minutes, Green scored 17 points and had five assists.

As the season nears its end, the professional in his second year stated that his objectives are straightforward.

The anticipated return of guard Kevin Porter Jr., who has been out since January 11 with a bruised toe, should give Houston a boost on Wednesday.

Tari Eason, a rookie, is one of several promising building blocks on the team’s young roster. In the loss to Denver on Tuesday, the 6-foot-8 forward scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.

The Rockets are still focused on achieving their long-term objectives, despite losing 30 of their last 34 games.

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