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Phoenix Suns vs Memphis Grizzlies: Match Prediction, Injury Report & How to watch| 28 December 2021

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Devin Booker and Chris Paul

NBA Matchup: Phoenix Suns vs Memphis Grizzlies

Date: 28 December 2021

Time: 9:00 PM ET

The Phoenix Suns will host the Memphis Grizzlies in an entertaining western conference matchup. Both teams will play each other for the second time in the 2021-22 NBA season. The Valley boys took the victory as seven players scored in double digits.

Phoenix Suns season so far

The Phoenix Suns have continued their incredible form from the 2020-21 season as they are the second-seeded time in the western conference. The Suns missed too many open looks in their 116-107 Christmas Day loss to the Golden State Warriors. Chris Paul had 21 points and eight assists to take up some of the slack from leading scorer Devin Booker, who was held to 13 points on 5 of 19 shooting. Deandre Ayton added 18 points and Mikal Bridges 17.

Phoenix this season has averaged 111.7 points as the third-best offence in the league. Whereas, the Suns have been the fourth-best defence in the league as they have allowed only 104.4 points per game.

 

The Phoenix Suns are led by the duo of Devin Booker and Chris Paul. Devin Booker is scoring 22.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.6 assists and hitting 2.6 three-pointers while shooting 45.5% from the field and 35.6% from beyond the arc. Chris Paul is the floor journal for the Suns and is averaging 14.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, 9.9 assists and 1.9 steals. 

Memphis Grizzlies season so far

The Memphis Grizzlies have been a great team this season as the fourth seed in the west. The Grizzlies have a record of 19 wins and 14 defeats – with a victory index of 0.576. Since December 10, Memphis has won 5 wins in a row, producing decent performances of 108: 95 win over the Lakers, 113: 106 over Houston, 126: 91 over Philadelphia, 113: 103 over Portland, December 18 124: 105 over Sacramento. But in their last five games, the Grizzlies have won only two games. 

 

Memphis is led by the exciting young guard, Ja Morant who is putting close to All-star numbers. Ja is averaging 22.5 points, 5.2 rebounds, 6.5 assists while hitting 1.5 three-pointers. Morant is shooting 47.3% from the field and 33.7 from the three-point line.

Phoenix Suns vs Memphis Grizzlies Match Prediction

The Phoenix Suns are clear favourites to win this game against the Memphis Grizzlies. Despite suffering a loss to the Golden State Warriors, the Valley Boys dominate Memphis both offensively and defensively. Phoenix is ranked the third-best offence and the fourth-best defence in comparison to the Grizzlies who are the sixth-ranked offence and the 19th ranked defence. Hence the Phoenix Suns are most likely to win this game.

Injury Report

Phoenix Suns

Elfrid Payton – Covid-19 – Expected to be out until at least Jan 2
Jae Crowder – Covid-19 – Expected to be out until at least Jan 2
Abdel Nader – Knee – Expected to be out until at least Dec 29
Frank Kaminsky – Knee – Expected to be out until at least Jan 10
Dario Saric – Knee – Expected to be out until at least Apr 1

Memphis Grizzlies

Dillon Brooks – Covid-19 – Expected to be out until at least Jan 6
Yves Pons – Covid-19 – Expected to be out until at least Jan 6
Sam Merrill – Ankle – Expected to be out until at least Dec 29
De’Anthony Melton – Covid-19 – Expected to be out until at least Jan 6
Ziaire Williams – Covid-19 – Expected to be out until at least Dec 29
Santi Aldama – Calf – Game Time Decision
Jarrett Culver – Covid-19 – Expected to be out until at least Dec 31

How to watch Phoenix Suns vs Memphis Grizzlies?

The Suns vs Grizzlies game will also be telecast locally on Bally Sports Arizona and Bally Sports Southeast. The match will be streamed on the NBA League Pass.

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