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The Utah Jazz gear up for All-Star Weekend against the Memphis Grizzlies

It’s the last game of the season before hosting All-Star Festivities in Salt Lake City

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Utah Jazz v Memphis Grizzlies Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images

The Jazz have been doing better than expected in spite of trading away some of their best players in Mike Conley, Jarred Vanderbilt, and Malik Beasley. Behind the steady play of All Star starter Lauri Markkanen (27 points/8.3 rebounds/3.3 assists per game), the Jazz have won two out of three games on the road in between the trade deadline and their last game before the the All-Star break. Speaking of which, Lauri Markkanen and Ja Morant were named All-Star starters, replacing the injured Zion Williamson and Steph Curry, respectively. It’s fantastic that the first All-Star Game in Utah in 26 years not only will have a representative, but a starter? Who would have possibly thought of that after the Jazz traded away franchise cornerstones Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell?

For most prognosticators, though, the Jazz were not expected to win these games – something that’s frankly been a theme throughout this entire Jazz season. And the Grizzlies might be in the way of more ping pong balls – they’ve had a very mixed month, winning expected games against the Bulls and Timberwolves but losing four games in February so far, including to the Trail Blazers and Raptors (both at home). They’re just 3-7 in their last 10 games, in spite of having a second all-star and DPOY candidate in Jaren Jackson Jr.

Despite this, Grizzlies have made themselves out to be somewhat of villains this NBA season. Behind Dillon Brooks’ antics across the league and associates of Ja Morant threatening members of the Pacers’ travel party, though, this is not the same as the tough and punishing Grit ‘n Grind of Mike Conley, Tony Allen, and Zach Randolph. We’ll see if any sparks fly right before the All-Star break, or if folks are looking to clock out and take off to Salt Lake a bit early.

Game Info

When: 6:00 PM MST

Where: FedEx Forum, Memphis

TV: ATTSN-RM (AT&T Sports Net-Rocky Mountain), BSSE-MEM (Bally Sports Southeast-Memphis)


Projected Starting Lineups

Utah: G: Collin Sexton G: Jordan Clarkson F: Lauri Markkanen F: Kelly Olynyk C: Walker Kessler

Memphis: G: Ja Morant G: Desmond Bane F: Dillon Brooks F: Jaren Jackson Jr. C: Xavier Tillman


Utah Jazz

  • Russell Westbrook - Personal reasons (it’s very strange that he’s officially on the team)
  • Micah Potter - Elbow (out until at least mid-March)

Memphis Grizzlies

  • Steven Adams - Knee (out until early March)

Go Jazz!