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Zion Williamson and Ja Morant meet again as the two best rookies in the league square off.
Pelicans vs Grizzlies
Tuesday August 4, 8:30am AEST
LAST TIME THEY MET
Pelicans 139 – Grizzlies 111
Smoothie King Center, New Orleans
HEAD-TO-HEAD (THIS SEASON)
Pelicans 2 – Grizzlies 0
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE GAME
One of this season’s hottest talking points has been whether Zion Williamson can snatch the Rookie of the Year award from Ja Morant despite missing so many games.
The fewest games ever played by a Rookie of the Year winner is 50, a record held by Patrick Ewing and Vince Carter
But Williamson cannot play more than 27.
Zion has been obscenely good, but so has Ja, and he’s been doing it for longer.
Zion Williamson: 22.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, 21 games
Ja Morant: 17.7 points, 7 assists, 60 games
The Grizzlies were given a 6% chance of making this year’s playoffs and yet Morant propelled them to the eight-seed anyway.
It’s a credit to Zion that any of this was even a debate in the first place, but Morant is more than deserving of being the overwhelming favourite.
Darius Miller (Achilles) – Out for season
Tyus Jone (knee) – Re-evaluated on August 5
Justise Winslow (hip) – Out for season
Jontay Porter (knee) Out indefinitely
Pelicans $1.53 – Grizzlies $2.50 – odds available here.
*Odds and injuries current as of 3pm AEST on August 3