Zion Williamson vs Ja Morant Part II: What to Watch Out For

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Zion Williamson and Ja Morant meet again as the two best rookies in the league square off.

GAME DETAILS

Pelicans vs Grizzlies

Tuesday August 4, 8:30am AEST

Orlando, Florida

ODDS

Pelicans $1.53Grizzlies $2.50

LAST TIME THEY MET

Pelicans 139 – Grizzlies 111

January 31

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.

INJURIES

PELICANS 

Darius Miller (Achilles) – Out for season

GRIZZLIES

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