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Phoenix Suns (9-6) at Memphis Grizzlies (3-11) Game Preview: Final In-Season Tournament Group Play Game, Kevin Durant out

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The Phoenix Suns (9-6) and Memphis Grizzlies (3-11) meet tonight in a must-win game for the Phoenix Suns, who will be without Kevin Durant. Durant was a late scratch with right foot soreness, as Phoenix gears up to play its final NBA In-Season Tournament game, likely needing a win by a decent margin. The Suns have won five straight since the return of Devin Booker, while the Grizzlies are on a two-game losing streak and have a very bad injury bug. 

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Local Game Information

Start Time: 3 p.m. MST

Location: FedEx Forum

TV Channel: 3TV/AZ Family, ESPN

Radio: Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, La Mejor 106.5 FM

Stream: Suns Live (click for more info)

Betting Odds

Line: PHX -5.5

O/U: 218.5

Burn City Best Bets: Suns vs Grizzlies

Injury Report

Phoenix Suns: Kevin Durant (right foot soreness) OUT | Drew Eubanks (left ankle sprain OUT | Bradley Beal (low back strain) OUT | Damion Lee (right meniscus surgery) OUT | Yuta Watanabe (left quad contusion) OUT

Memphis Grizzlies: Desmond Bane (left foot sprain) AVAILABLE | Ja Morant (league suspension) OUT | Steven Adams (right knee MCL surgery) OUT | Marcus Smart (left foot sprain) OUT | Brandon Clarke (left achilles tendon repair) OUT | Luke Kennard (left knee bone bruise) OUT | Xavier Tillman (left knee injury recovery) OUT | Jake LaRavia (left eye abrasion) OUT


Phoenix Suns: Devin Booker, Eric Gordon, Grayson Allen, Keita Bates-Diop, Jusuf Nurkić

Memphis Grizzlies: Jacob Gilyard, Desmond Bane, Santi Aldama, Jaren Jackson Jr., Bismack Biyombo

NBA In-Season Tournament Standings and Notes

Last Time Out

The Phoenix Suns (9-6) won their fifth straight game Wednesday, defeating the Golden State Warriors (7-9) 123-115 in their second straight game welcoming a former Sun back to the Valley, as Chris Paul made his return. However, CP3 was ejected late in the second quarter after getting in an argument with his arch nemesis Scott Foster. This game ended up being much closer and longer than it should have, as the Warriors got back into the game despite choosing not to play Klay and Steph late in the game. It was also drawn out by the Suns taking 52 total free throws. Kevin Durant had his fifth-straight 30-point game with 32 points, eight rebounds and two blocks, while Devin Booker posted 25 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds. Nassir Little, Josh Okogie and Chimezie Metu made some terrific hustle plays off the bench, as the Suns once forced six turnovers in just over a two minute span in the second quarter. They ultimately scraped by with an ugly victory, a but a win nonetheless.

The Houston Rockets (7-6) beat the Memphis Grizzlies (3-11) 111-91 on Wednesday night for the third Memphis loss in four games. Desmond Bane and Jaren Jackson Jr. each scored 23 points for the Grizzlies. Memphis squandered an early 11-point lead, but the Rockets led by one at halftime and didn’t look back. Ziare Williams was the only other player on the roster to score in double figures for Memphis, who played against former Grizzly Dillon Brooks for the first time.

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Team Matchup Notes

Here are some stats, notes and everything else to know about the Suns and Grizzlies before their first matchup of the season (via Suns)

Each team’s stats (via Suns and Grizzlies):

Five Keys to Game for Suns

  1. Find scoring without KD
  2. Sustain big leads
  3. Get Booker rolling
  4. Get out in transition as much as possible
  5. Don’t downplay the opponent

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Brendan Mau is a senior writer covering the Phoenix Suns and more for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on X via @Brendan_Mau

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