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NBA Preview: Memphis Grizzlies (41-26) at Miami Heat (37-33)

On Wednesday night, the Miami Heat will host the Memphis Grizzlies, who are without superstar Ja Morant but are still enjoying a three-game win streak.

Morant has been sidelined for five games in a row due to issues off the field, one of which involves him brandishing a gun at a Denver nightclub on March 4. He has reportedly enrolled in a counseling program in Florida, and he will not be available on Wednesday.

Despite missing Morant’s playmaking, the Grizzlies have won recently; he averages 27.1 points and 8.2 assists, both team highs.

Additionally, Memphis is without center Steven Adams, who is the team leader in rebounds per game with 11.5. Adams is likely to miss the remainder of the regular season due to a knee injury.

Brandon Clarke, Memphis’ 6th driving scorer, is likewise out until the end of the time because of a torn left Achilles.

Desmond Bane, a shooting guard, is Memphis’s best available scorer with 21.3 points per game. Morant has been replaced at point guard by Tyus Jones, who has 4.7 assists and ranks second on the team. Jaren Jackson Jr. has an NBA-high 16.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 3.1 blocks per game.

Dillon Brooks, a wing, is the other important Grizzlies starter, averaging 14.3 points per game.

Memphis’ most exciting player off the bench is rookie wing David Roddy, who has come to life in the past two games, scoring 19 points on Monday and a career-high 24 points on Saturday. The Dallas Mavericks were the opponents in both games.

Regarding the game on Wednesday, the trends are inconsistent.

Although the Heat are just 5-8 overall in their last 13 games, Miami is 23-13 at home.

Memphis has a home record of 28-5, but their road record is just 13-21. In fact, in their last 13 road contests, they are 2-11.

However, the Grizzlies have won five of their last six meetings with Miami, going 5-1.

With 22.6 points per game, Jimmy Butler leads Miami and shoots 52.5 percent from the field goal line and 85.1 percent from the free throw line. He also goes to the line of scrimmage 8.6 times per game, which is the most on the team.

On Monday, Miami rallied to defeat the Utah Jazz, who were visiting, 119-115. Butler scored 24 points.

In the entire fourth quarter, there were 13 lead changes.

The Intensity’s other two tip top scorers are Bam Adebayo (20.9) and Tyler Herro (20.3). In Miami’s victory over Utah, Adebayo altered a shot at the rim in the final seconds to make the game-changing defensive play. He leads the team in rebounds (9.4).

In the closing seconds, Herro made the crucial three-pointer.

It hasn’t turned into a central point yet, yet Intensity reinforcement focus Omer Yurtseven has played two straight games in the wake of having missed Miami’s initial 68 challenges because of lower leg medical procedure in November.

Yurtseven is Cody Zeller’s rotation replacement after he broke his nose in Saturday’s loss to Orlando.

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