Memphis Grizzlies to stay hot without Ja

Memphis Grizzlies to stay hot without Ja

Memphis Grizzlies goes against Dallas Mavericks for the second straight time as they hope to continue their run, even without Ja Morant. This is not impossible though as they are coming from a win against the same team in their previous match. On their previous meeting, it was the Grizzlies who got the victory, in a 112-108 win. While the Grizzlies looked solid defensively, offense have been a struggle for the Mavericks. As they meet for the second straight time, the Mavericks are hoping to turn the tables around. The Mavericks are the ones hosting this match on March 14, 2023, at 7:30 AM (GMT+8).

These two teams are from the Western Conference, and it was the visitors who is a better team in the standings. They are at the third spot of the standings, where they topped before. However, due to several unpleasant results, they were not able to protect their spot in the standings. They are with 40 wins from their 66 games, and only 12 of which are wins on the road. On the other hand, as for the hosts, they are at the eighth spot, just two spots away from eliminations. They won 34 of their 68 games this season, and from those 34 wins, 22 of those are won at home.

Memphis Grizzlies

NBA: Memphis Grizzlies
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Although playing without Ja Morant is more challenging, the Grizzlies were still able to win their matches. In fact, on their last 10 games, they won six games, and losing four, winning their last two games. They are coming from a win against the same opponent, where they can gain confidence from. Additionally, on their last match, they have been marvelous on defense, which is why Mavericks had a hard time shooting. However, it is the other way around in offense as they failed to be as impressive, especially beyond the arc. They failed to show that they have multiple players who can do well beyond the arc. In fact, they shot just 34.4% in that area, which is the same in the free-throw line, where they only had 72.2%. If they continue to miss in the free-throw line, they cannot expect to win their next matches. They are the 11th in offense with 115.8 points per game, and the fifth in defense, giving up 111.9 points per game.

With Morant’s absence, Desmond Bane, who is having 21.3 points per game, is expected to lead the Grizzlies. Along with Morant, the Grizzlies will also play without Carke, Adams, Williams Jr., and LaRavia.

Dallas Mavericks

NBA: Dallas Mavericks

On the other hand, the Mavericks are looking to bounce back after their loss against the Grizzlies on their last match. That loss just proves that the Mavericks are not doing well offensively. From their last 10 matches, they only had three wins and seven losses, a record they cannot afford to continue. If they continue on losing their games, they have the tendency to go lower in the league table. They are only shooting 47.4% on the floor, but they have shown that they are capable beyond the arc, shooting 37%. Unfortunately, just like their opponents, they also failed to take advantage of the free-throw line. They are shooting just 74.9% in the charity stripe. If they can take care of their business at home, they can stand a chance to win this match. In offense, they are the 17th, scoring 113.9 points per game, and the 14th in defense, allowing 113.2 points per game.

Unfortunately for them, Luka Doncic, who is their top scorer with 33 points per game is unavailable in this match. He is nursing his thigh injury that made him be ruled out in this match. Moreover, Kyrie Irving on the other hand, who is their second top scorer with 27.5 points is a doubt.


Memphis Grizzlies
Total Under: 112.5
Odds: 0.83

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