Industry experts say Ja Morant's brand could do for Memphis what LeBron James once did for Cleveland, or Giannis Antetokounmpo is doing for Milwaukee.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 33 points and 15 rebounds, and Khris Middleton scored 27 to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 126-114 victory over the short-handed Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night. Memphis, which had won 12 of 13, was without two of its leading scorers in Dillon Brooks and Desmond Bane. Brooks, averaging 18.4 points per game, sat out with a left ankle sprain, while Bane (17.7 ppg) was in the NBA's health and safety protocol.
Memphis Grizzlies (31-16, third in the Western Conference) vs. Denver Nuggets (23-20, sixth in the Western Conference) Denver; Friday, 9 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Denver plays the Memphis Grizzlies after Nikola Jokic scored 49 points in the Denver Nuggets' 130-128 overtime victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. The Nuggets have gone 16-13 against Western Conference teams.