The Memphis Grizzlies will be playing against the Miami Heat tonight. NBA fans will undoubtedly know that Ja Morant has been sidelined from action for a while now after his off-court antics. Nonetheless, the Grizzlies haven’t lost too much momentum and are holding onto the second seed in the Western Conference with a record of 41 wins and 26 losses.
They will be taking on Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat. The Heat got off to a slow start this season but seem to have regained control as they approach the final games of this season. Miami has a record of 37 wins and 33 losses, placing them 7th in the East.
As both these teams get ready to play, fans must certainly want to know the injury reports and expected rosters for the stars on both sides. After all, that will help in making an expert prediction for this game.
Ja Morant is listed out for the Memphis Grizzlies vs Miami Heat game tonight
Unfortunately for Grizzlies fans, Morant is not expected to suit up with his team tonight against the Miami Heat. He was suspended for 4 games and expected to make a return. However, we found out that he has entered a counseling program in Florida and has no set timetable to return.
There is no denying that Memphis will need him in order to remain contenders. This season, Ja has been playing at a high level and averaging 27.1 points, 6 rebounds, and 8.2 assists. He is the best player on the Grizzlies and the face of the franchise.
However, if he does not play, the rest of his squad will have to step up and make this a competitive game against the Heat. That said, here are the injury reports and expected rosters for both sides.
Memphis Grizzlies injury report
- Ja Morant (out)
- Steven Adams (out)
- Brandon Clarke (out)
- Vince Williams Jr (out)
- Jake LaRavia (out)
Memphis Grizzlies expected roster
- Dillon Brooks
- Desmond Bane
- Tyus Jones
- John Konchar
- Jaren Jackson Jr
Miami Heat injury report
- Kyle Lowry (questionable)
- Cody Zeller (out)
Miami Heat expected roster
- Tyler Herro
- Gabe Vincent
- Jimmy Butler
- Caleb Martin
- Bam Adebayo
As we can tell, several major players for the Memphis Grizzlies are expected to miss this game. On the other hand, Kyle Lowry and Cody Zeller are likely to not suit up for the Heat tonight. Finally, here are the expert predicitions for this game.
The Heat are slightly favored over the Grizzlies tonight
We are predicting that this will be a very close game that goes down to the wire. Although Memphis has a better record and is better positioned in its conference, we are siding with the Miami Heat tonight. Not having Ja Morant, Steven Adams, and Brandon Clarke will undoubtedly hurt the Grizzlies against an experienced team like Jimmy Butler’s Miami Heat.
While the Grizzlies have been on a roll and are on a 3 game-winning streak without Morant, that will inevitably come to an end when they play against talented teams. We predict that Miami will come out on top tonight. Although it is highly possible that Memphis manages to hold them off.