Grizzlies Pick: Ja Morant is back, which doesn't help Celtics

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(NOTE: In addition to their own first-round slot in the 2020 NBA Draft, the Celtics have Memphis and Milwaukee’s 2020 first-round picks. However, the Grizzlies’ pick is top-6 protected. The Bucks’ is top-7 protected. If either pick is not conveyed, it will be unprotected in 2021.)

If the season ended before any games were played on Tuesday, the Grizzlies would have a nine percent chance at moving up in the draft. But because they’d be the sixth-worst team in the NBA, it would also very much be possible for at least one of the eight lottery teams with a better record to move up in the draft.

But this next stretch of games should knock Memphis down a peg or two — even though Ja Morant is back. And he’s not just “back” as in “present” — he’s back to what he was doing before the back spasms. The rookie dropped 26 on the Warriors Monday. He also had seven assists.

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The Grizzlies should lose three of their next four games, though.

Despite the fact the Suns have cooled off, they still have the advantage in Wednesday’s matchup with Memphis — especially since the game is in Phoenix.

The Grizzlies then play the Bucks on Friday. Wonder how that one will go.

Their matchup against the Wizards is the one Memphis is most likely to win, even though it’s on the second day of a back-to-back.

Then, the Grizzlies face the Heat, which should result in an easy Miami win.

Memphis needs to lose the majority of these four games, because those are followed by a stretch of very winnable matchups — against teams trying to improve their draft position.

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