The Memphis Grizzlies are in action Monday night as they face the Phoenix Suns at 6 p.m. ET. One player whose status is up in the air ahead of tip-off is star point guard Ja Morant, who's listed as questionable due to left hip soreness.
Head coach Taylor Jenkins cleared up the uncertainty Monday afternoon, stating Morant is expected to play.
No one would've been surprised if Morant was ruled out. Memphis opted to be cautious with its MVP contender last week, holding the guard out for back-to-back games due to right thigh soreness.
Morant hasn't looked bothered at all by that issue since returning to the lineup. He's racked up a combined 61 points and 14 assists in his first two games back, though now he could be slowed down slightly by this new ailment on his left side.
With Jenkins planning to play Morant, though, there doesn't appear to be any concerns on the guard's health. He'll look to lead the Grizz to their 10th straight win on Monday against a hobbled Suns team. Memphis is a staggering 12.5-point favorite ahead of tip-off, according to FanDuel Sportsbook's NBA odds.
Best NBA Prop Bets for Ja Morant vs. Suns on Jan. 16
With Morant likely in the lineup, the red-hot Grizzlies are in position to pummel the ailing Suns. That could lead to Memphis getting out to a large early lead, like the spread suggests, and pulling Morant early if the game is out of hand.
That's why targeting Morant's assists total makes sense. He's already failed to eclipse more than 6 assists in two of his last three outings, and the threat of playing less than his full complement of minutes complicates things. Bet Ja Morant under 8.5 assists (-120).
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