Los Angeles Lakers extend series lead

Los Angeles Lakers extend series lead

The Los Angeles Lakers are hopeful to extend their series lead against the Memphis Grizzlies as they meet for their Game 2 playoff game. During their Game 1, the Lakers showed a dominating performance, ending with q 128-112 win for them. It was a surprise that the Grizzlies lost on that match since they are dominant during the regular season. The Lakers on the other hand proved that having an experience is indeed an advantage. While the Lakers is looking to extend their series lead, Grizzlies are aiming for a tie. It will be harder for the Grizzlies to win the series if they let the Lakers win in this match. This meeting will be on April 20, 2023, at 7:30 AM (GMT+8), with Grizzlies as hosts.

Los Angeles Lakers

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers
Photo courtesy of AP

With the Lakers taking full control of their match against the Grizzlies, the Lakers were able to win their match against the Grizzlies. Winning Game 1 is huge for them as they already started to build momentum. Additionally, the Lakers proved that having an experience in the playoffs is an advantage for them. Their role players have stepped up big time during the Game 1, which is a huge factor for them. Guys like Rui Hachimura have stepped up big time during Game 1, and led the Lakers with 29 points. Overall, the Lakers shot over 53.3% from the field, and shot 16 three-pointers on that match. However, their fast-break points played a huge factor for them, outscoring the Grizzlies, 26-17. In offense, the Lakers are at the second with 128 points per game, and ninth in defense giving up 112 points per game.

Rui Hachimura’s performance during the Game 1 puts him as the scoring leader of the Lakers with 29 points per game. Lebron James and Anthony Davis on the other hand chips in 21 and 22 points per game apiece. However, alongside Dennis Schroder, these two starts are still a doubt due to their previous injuries.

Memphis Grizzlies

NBA: Memphis Grizzlies
Photo courtesy of The Commercial Appeal

The Grizzlies are currently having some issues, which is one of the reasons why they lost to their Game 1. It is hard for them to face a Lakers squad who is currently having a resurgence. They are without their main man, Ja Morant, which brings them at the disadvantage. However, they came into their last game with injury concerns, only to end Game 1 with bigger injury concern. Morant injured his wrist during the Game 1, and was no longer able to return in that match. During the Game 1, the Grizzlies shot over 47.2% overall, including 36 three-pointers, only to shoot 13 successful threes. On this match, it was Jaren Jackson who led the Grizzlies having 31 points and two blocks. They are the eighth in offense with 112 points per game, but 15th in defense, as they allow 128 points per game.

Due to their Game 1 performance, Jaren Jackson Jr., and Desmond Bane leads the Grizzlies with 31 and 22 points respectively. Ja Morant, who scored 18 points on their last game is a doubt here, due to the injury he sustained. Jake LaRavia, Seteven Adams, and Brandon Clarke are all unavailable here.


Los Angeles Lakers
Total Under: 114.5
Odds: 0.84

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