Memphis Grizzlies vs. Philadelphia 76ers
NBA Basketball: Friday, July 24, 2020 at 3:30 pm (The Arena)
The Line: Philadelphia 76ers -5 -- Over/Under: 191 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Memphis Grizzlies and Philadelphia 76ers meet Friday in NBA preseason action at The Arena.
The Memphis Grizzlies entered the NBA break splitting their last eight games. The Memphis Grizzlies are averaging 112.6 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 113.7 points on 45 percent shooting. Ja Morant is averaging 17.6 points and 6.9 assists while Jaren Jackson Jr. is averaging 16.9 points and 4.7 rebounds. Dillon Brooks is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 11.2 rebounds. The Memphis Grizzlies are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 76.1 percent from the free throw line. The Memphis Grizzlies are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.7 rebounds per game.
The Philadelphia 76ers entered the NBA break splitting their last 10 games. The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 109.6 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 107.4 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Joel Embiid is averaging 23.4 points and 11.8 rebounds while Tobias Harris is averaging 19.4 points and 6.8 rebounds. Ben Simmons is the third double-digit scorer and Josh Richardson is dishing 3.1 assists. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 75.2 percent from the free throw line. The Philadelphia 76ers are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.5 rebounds per game.
The Memphis Grizzlies were one of the biggest surprises this season, as they were supposed to be entering a rebuild, not fighting for a playoff spot this season. It's going to be interesting to see how the Grizzlies respond to this new situation with them being a young club and not having a lot of leadership to keep guys focused. It also doesn't help that the Grizzlies won't have Justise Winslow for the return due to suffering a hip injury. The Philadelphia 76ers didn't live up to expectations in the previous season, but word around the league is that Embiid is in elite shape and hungry to redeem himself after an up and down year.
The jury is still out for the 76ers to me, but this is a game they should have success in due to the depth and veteran leadership. We're seeing the teams that are supposed to win these scrimmages take care of business. I'll back that trend.