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Grizzlies Insider: Watch for 3s, defense as Grizz take on Jazz
 
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Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) went to the basket as Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) defended him during Game 5 of the teams’ NBA first-round playoff series in 2021. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
 

Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) went to the basket as Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) defended him during Game 5 of the teams’ NBA first-round playoff series in 2021. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Welcome back to your Grizzlies Insider, where the season has begun and we deliver the latest NBA news and analysis straight to your inbox twice a week.

It won’t get any easier for the Memphis Grizzlies.

After a 43-point defeat in Minneapolis on Saturday night, the Grizzlies will look to rebound against one of the best teams in the NBA, the Utah Jazz, tonight beginning at 8 p.m. 

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It’s a matchup that will certainly test the changes the Grizzlies have made since the embarrassing loss on Saturday night, especially on the defensive end. 

Minnesota and Utah are more similar offensively than one might imagine. The two West foes stand at No. 1 and No. 2 in the NBA in attempted 3-pointers per game, and there’s no area Memphis has struggled more than guarding the 3-point line. 

Utah is making 14.3 shots from behind the arc per game, which is the fourth-best mark in the NBA. Memphis is allowing 14.4 3-pointers per game, which is worst in the league.

Oh, and opponents are making 3s against the Grizzlies at a 40.2% rate, which is also the highest percentage in the NBA. 

Not great! Perhaps that is the biggest reason why the Jazz are 10-point favorites in the first rematch since the first-round playoff series. 

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So, if the Grizzlies want a chance to compete with Utah on Monday night, something will have to change. They can start by hoping to get Dillon Brooks and De’Anthony Melton back from injury soon. 

Melton is listed as out on Monday (groin) and Brooks is listed as doubtful (hamstring).

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