The Grizzlies are playing very good basketball. Memphis enters the contest 35-17, which puts it third in the West.
The Sixers will have to battle without their star big man, Joel Embiid. The big fella has been carrying a heavy load of late and will sit against the Grizzlies on a planned rest day. The last game Embiid missed was against the Grizzlies on Dec. 13.
It is a little surprising Embiid will rest against the Grizzlies rather than against the Sacramento Kings.