At different facets earlier this week, the Grizzlies and Rockets every owned the NBA’s longest winning slouch. However the seven-sport slouch by Memphis ended with a Tuesday blowout by Indiana, while Houston’s six-sport flee concluded with a identical fracture on Wednesday at Oklahoma City.
On Thursday night at the FedExForum in Memphis, both teams will uncover about to put amends and potentially initiate a new slouch.
The Rockets are on the second night of a road abet-to-abet, that means they’re going to be more fatigued and immediate-handed. John Wall will return after resting at some stage within the loss to the Mumble, but backcourt mate Victor Oladipo is more likely to take a seat out for deliberate repairs. As of Wednesday night, the playing status of defensive ace David Nwaba — who overlooked the final two video games with a left ankle sprain — became now not yet known.
The Grizzlies are led by prized younger guard Ja Morant, which likely factored into Houston’s possibility to put its ground common for Memphis. If Oladipo is out, Eric Gordon will likely put his second straight initiate.
Here’s if you happen to must tune in to perceive Thursday’s sport, which features the two of the head three teams from the Southwest Division:
- Date: Thursday, Feb. 4
- Time: 8 p.m. Central
- TV Channel: AT&T SportsNet Southwest
- Dwell stream: fuboTV (watch for free in Houston markets)
Probable starting lineups
Houston Rockets (10-10)
- Guard: John Wall
- Guard: Eric Gordon
- Forward: Jae’Sean Tate
- Forward: PJ Tucker
- Center: Christian Wood
Memphis Grizzlies (9-7)
- Guard: Ja Morant
- Guard: Dillon Brooks
- Forward: Kyle Anderson
- Forward: Brandon Clarke
- Center: Xavier Tillman Sr.
The Grizzlies get a lengthy injury file of their very get, with Grayson Allen (well being and safety protocols), Jaren Jackson Jr. (left knee), Sean McDermott (left shoulder), Jonas Valanciunas (well being and safety protocols), Justise Winslow (left hip), and Killian Tillie (left foot) all out.
The uber-athletic Grizzlies get the NBA’s No. 5 defensive rating, that would perchance per chance likely force the Rockets to shoot a long way better than Wednesday’s 38.4% showing (26.1% on 3-pointers) to get of mission on the road.