by Alma Bean
After a tough loss in Denver, the Utah Jazz (4-2) will travel home to face the Memphis Grizzlies (4-1) in the second half of a back-to-back.
What to Look For?
Memphis’ last game on Thursday night against the Sacramento Kings led to their fourth win 125-110. Desmond Bane leads the Grizzlies with 31 points, his second 30+ point game in the last week (38 points vs Brooklyn Nets 10/24/2022.) Bane was followed by Ja Morant with 22 points. Saturday’s game against Utah will be the first game of a three-game road trip for Memphis. Two of the three games will be played in Salt Lake City.
Utah will be hoping to change the tides in the comfort of its home. As Lauri Markkanen continued to be a crucial piece to this Utah team, averaging 22 PPG, the focus may be on the bench. After having three bench players being out for varying illnesses, the hope is to be at full strength for the surging Memphis team. If not, players like Ochai Agbaji will need to show their value to the team and prove he’s ready to play no matter the circumstances. Utah will return home to face Memphis twice in a row before heading back on the road for a three-game road trip.
Memphis- John Konchar: Questionable (Shoulder), Ja Morant: Doubtful (Non-COVID Illness), Danny Green: Out (Knee), Jaren Jackson Jr.: Out (Foot), Ziaire Williams: Out (Knee)
Utah- Walker Kessler: Out (Non-COVID Illness), Simone Fontecchio: Out (Health & Safety Protocol), Rudy Gay: Out (Health & Safety Protocol)
Where to Watch?
Tip-off between Utah and Memphis will be at 7:00 PM MST on AT&T SportsNet.