Doncic and Dallas visit Morant and the Grizzlies

Dallas Mavericks (34-33, eighth in the Western Conference) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (39-26, second in the Western Conference)

Memphis, Tennessee; Saturday, 8 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Ja Morant and Luka Doncic meet when Memphis takes on Dallas. Morant ranks 10th in the NBA averaging 27.1 points per game and Doncic ranks second in the league averaging 33.0 points per game.

The Grizzlies are 7-2 against division opponents. Memphis is second in the Western Conference at limiting opponent scoring, giving up only 112.0 points while holding opponents to 44.9% shooting.

The Mavericks are 8-3 against opponents from the Southwest Division. Dallas ranks last in the Western Conference with 38.5 rebounds per game led by Doncic averaging 8.6.

The teams square off for the second time this season. In the last meeting on Oct. 23 the Mavericks won 137-96 led by 32 points from Doncic, while Morant scored 20 points for the Grizzlies.

TOP PERFORMERS: Jaren Jackson Jr. is averaging 17.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.2 blocks for the Grizzlies. Desmond Bane is averaging 2.4 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Memphis.

Doncic is averaging 33 points, 8.6 rebounds, eight assists and 1.5 steals for the Mavericks. Kyrie Irving is averaging 25.4 points and 5.8 assists over the past 10 games for Dallas.

LAST 10 GAMES: Grizzlies: 5-5, averaging 113.7 points, 42.3 rebounds, 25.7 assists, 8.2 steals and 5.7 blocks per game while shooting 45.4% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 111.2 points per game.

Mavericks: 3-7, averaging 121.5 points, 36.8 rebounds, 23.8 assists, 6.7 steals and 2.8 blocks per game while shooting 49.1% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 121.1 points.

INJURIES: Grizzlies: Vince Williams Jr.: day to day (shoulder), Steven Adams: out (knee), Brandon Clarke: out for season (achilles), Jake LaRavia: out (back).

Mavericks: Reggie Bullock: day to day (quad), Luka Doncic: day to day (thigh), JaVale McGee: day to day (ankle).


The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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