The Houston Rockets face the Memphis Grizzlies in their home opener Friday, October 21. The Rockets fell on the road 107-117 to the Atlanta Hawks to start the season, while the Grizzlies needed overtime to beat the New York Knicks 115-112.
The Ja Morant led Grizzlies set the bar at championship-or-bust after winning 56 games last season and will be a formidable opponent for the Rockets. These are the odds, injury reports, and starters for the Rockets vs Grizzlies' October 21 matchup.
Houston Rockets vs Memphis Grizzlies odds
Wynnbet has the Rockets as +7 underdogs against the Grizzles. The over/under for total points is 232.5 points. The Rockets' over/under for points is 112.5, and the Grizzlies' over/under for points is 119.5. ESPN analytics gives the Grizzlies a 70.4% chance to win the game.
Houston Rockets vs Memphis Grizzlies injury report
Jae'Sean Tate and TyTy Washington are both listed as out. Tate is dealing with an ankle injury, and Washington has been dealing with a sprained knee.
The Grizzlies already have a lengthy injury report. Zaire Williams will be out due to a knee injury, Jaren Jackson Jr. remains out with a foot injury sustained in the offseason, and Dillion Brooks is listed as doubtful with a thigh injury. Brooks averaged 18.4 points per game last season, and Jackson was on the 2021-22 All-Defensive first team.
Houston Rockets vs Memphis Grizzlies starters
The Grizzlies started Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, John Konchar, Santi Aldama, and Steven Adams against the New York Knicks. Morant, Bane, and Adams started every game they played last season. Aldama, a stretch-four, should continue to get a run as long as Jaren Jackson Jr. is out.
The Rockets started Jalen Green, Kevin Porter Jr., Eric Gordon, Jabari Smith Jr., and Bruno Fernando against the Hawks. Fernando was a surprise starter but played exceptionally well and should continue to get the starting nod over Alperen Sengun for the time being.
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