Magic vs Grizzlies: Jan. 26 Matchup Preview and Betting Tips

Exciting NBA face-off: Magic meets Grizzlies tonight.

by Nouman Rasool
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Magic vs Grizzlies: Jan. 26 Matchup Preview and Betting Tips
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This Friday night, NBA fans are gearing up for an electrifying regular season game as the Orlando Magic face off against the Memphis Grizzlies. This encounter, scheduled at 8 p.m. ET at Memphis's FedEx Forum, marks the first clash of the season between these two teams.

Fans can catch the action on the Bally Sports networks in Florida and Memphis, or stream it live on NBA League Pass. The Orlando Magic, holding a 23-21 record, are looking to bounce back after a rough patch, having lost three of their last four games.

Their most recent defeat was a 126-99 loss against the Cleveland Cavaliers. On the other hand, the Memphis Grizzlies, with a record of 17-27, are riding a wave of momentum after consecutive victories, including a notable 105-96 win against the Miami Heat.

Betting Lines and Predictions

Moneyline presents the Magic as favorites at -205, with the Grizzlies trailing at +170. The spread has been set at Magic -5.0 (-110) versus Grizzlies +5.0 (-110). The total (O/U) stands at 211.5.

The Memphis Grizzlies have been grappling with injuries, notably missing star player Ja Morant for the season due to a shoulder injury. Marcus Smart and Desmond Bane are also sidelined until after the All-Star break. This leaves Jaren Jackson Jr.

leading a starting lineup featuring Jacob Gilyard, John Konchar, Vince Williams Jr., and David Roddy. For the Magic, Markelle Fultz's probable return could see him replacing Anthony Black in the starting lineup. The expected starters include Jalen Suggs, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero, and Wendell Carter Jr.

Despite their recent successes, the Grizzlies' Jaren Jackson Jr. might face challenges in surpassing his 26.5 point prop, as suggested by Caesar's Sportsbook. Conversely, MGM Bet forecasts a strong performance from the Magic's Paolo Banchero, predicting he will exceed his point prop following an 18-point game against the Cavaliers.

The betting odds favor the Magic as -205 favorites against the Grizzlies, who are +5.0 underdogs. Considering the Grizzlies' two-game winning streak and home advantage against the struggling Magic, a close match is anticipated. Nevertheless, the Magic are expected to edge out a narrow victory in this compelling NBA matchup.

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