LA Lakers inch closer to the playoffs

LA Lakers inch closer to the playoffs

The LA Lakers remain to be optimistic for their playoff chance as they meet with the Memphis Grizzlies in this match. This will be the third and final meeting between these two teams in the regular season. They split their first two encounters, so no one among these two teams are at the advantage. Adding to their confidence, the Lakers are coming from a win against the Warriors. On the other hand, the Grizzlies are now in a losing streak, losing against the Nuggets and the Clippers. Lakers will host this match on March 8, 2023, at 11:00 AM (GMT+8).

Looking at the standings of the Western Conference where they both belong to, it is the visitors who has a better record. The visitors are at the second of the standings, just behind the conference leaders, Nuggets. From their 63 games this season, they were able to win 38 matches. However, their record at home does not look good as they only won 12 of their 20 away games. On the other hand, the hosts are slowly knocking on the playoffs door, following their underwhelming season. They are finally on a winning momentum, and are now at the 11th spot. The hosts remain desperate for wins, as it is their only chance of entering the playoffs. They won 31 of their 65 games, where 16 of those wins are won at home.

LA Lakers

NBA: LA Lakers
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The Lakers are eyeing for their second straight victory, after defeating a complete Warriors on their previous game. They were able to outrun the Warriors in a 113-105 victory, stunning everyone. This squad is actually in a good momentum recently, winning five of their last seven games in the league. On their last game, they managed to held the Warriors in a 39.6% shooting from the field. It was Anthony Davis who brought fire for his squad, after torturing the Warriors, scoring 39 points. According to him, he just wants to be a little more aggressive so the could escape their opponents. In offense, the Lakers are at the eighth spot with 116.7 points per game. On the other hand, they are at the 25th in defense, as they are giving up 117.6 points per game.

Lebron James, who is their leading scorer with 29.5 points per game, is still out for this game due to his injury. Anthony Davis continue to take charge for the Lakers, averaging 26.4 points per game. Mo Bamba, and D’Angelo Russell are both out for this game because of their ankle injury.

Memphis Grizzlies

NBA: Memphis Grizzlies
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Grizzlies on the other hand are looking to halt their losing streak, as they are in a two-game losing streak. They are currently in a four-game road trip, which started with a win against the Rockets. However, they dropped their matches against the Nuggets and the Clippers, which is why they are hopeful for a win here. On their match against the Clippers, they blew a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter. That loss is actually a disappointing loss, as they dropped 50 points in the third quarter alone. However, they still lost that match, failing to protect their lead. It was Desmond Bane who led the Grizzlies on that match, chipping in 30 points and six assists. Offensively, they are the ninth with 115.8 points per game, and the sixth in defense, allowing 112 points per game.

Ja Morant, who leads this squad with 27.1 points per game remains to be suspended, following the controversy he is facing. Desmond Bane will now lead the Grizzlies, as he is chipping in 21.5 points per game. Jake LaRavia is a doubt in this match due to a back injury. Williams Jr., Adams, and Clarke all remains out for this game.

Prediction:

LA Lakers
Total Under: 114.5
Odds: 0.88

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