Orlando Magic (19-43, 14th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (31-30, eighth in the Western Conference) Memphis; Friday, 8 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: Cole Anthony and the Orlando Magic visit Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies in non-conference action. The Grizzlies are 13-17 on their home court. Memphis leads the Western Conference with 56 points in the paint led by Jonas Valanciunas averaging 12.6. The Magic are 9-20 on the road. Orlando has a 9-24 record against teams over .500. The matchup Friday is the first meeting this season for the two teams. TOP PERFORMERS: Valanciunas is averaging 17 points and 12.2 rebounds for the Grizzlies. Morant is averaging 21.4 points and 5.6 rebounds while shooting 48.5% over the last 10 games for Memphis. Gary Harris ranks second on the Magic averaging 1.2 made 3-pointers while scoring 12.2 points per game and shooting 36.4% from beyond the arc. Anthony is averaging 5.5 assists and 14.7 points over the last 10 games for Orlando. LAST 10 GAMES: Grizzlies: 5-5, averaging 116.5 points, 45.2 rebounds, 27.1 assists, 8.5 steals and 5.2 blocks per game while shooting 47.7% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 118.1 points on 45.9% shooting. Magic: 2-8, averaging 103.1 points, 40.6 rebounds, 20.1 assists, eight steals and 4.9 blocks per game while shooting 43.6% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 117.3 points on 49.6% shooting. INJURIES: Grizzlies: None listed. Magic: Devin Cannady: out for season (ankle), Otto Porter Jr.: out (foot), Markelle Fultz: out for season (knee), Michael Carter-Williams: out (ankle), Jonathan Isaac: out for season (knee), Terrence Ross: out (back). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar. The Associated Press
When the Orlando Magic leaned fully into a rebuild with their jettisoning of Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic, they did so knowing that their collection of young talent would not immediately have an opportunity to play together and mesh due largely to injuries. With Mo Bamba (hip), Markelle Fultz and Jonathan Isaac -- both of whom are sidelined for the season with knee injuries -- unavailable, Orlando is hamstrung in its ability to start putting the pieces of its future in place. Without that trio, the Magic offer a mix of youngsters with upside (Cole Anthony, Dwayne Bacon, R.J. Hampton and Chuma Okeke) and veterans (James Ennis III, Otto Porter, Terrence Ross and Michael Carter-Williams) who might not fit Orlando long term.