Memphis Grizzlies to tie series

Memphis Grizzlies to tie series

The Memphis Grizzlies are looking to tie their series against the Los Angeles Lakers, as they are now with a two-game advantage. In the standings, the Grizzlies finished at the second in the West, while the Lakers is at the seventh. However, considering their advantage in this match, it speaks how experience is a game-changer in the playoffs. The Grizzlies on the other hand cannot let the Lakers to get more advantage. They are aiming to tie the series with a win here, to stand a chance in the semi-finals with a win in this game. Lakers on the other hand says otherwise, as they want to inch closer for a semis spot. This meeting will be on April 25, 2023, at 10:00 AM (GMT+8), with the Lakers hosting this game.

Memphis Grizzlies

NBA: Memphis Grizzlies
Photo courtesy of AP

The Grizzlies are currently with a one-game disadvantage here, and they can no longer afford to let the Lakers have a two-goals advantage. During their Game 3, it was Ja Morant who took led the Grizzlies. He finished with 45 points, on a 50% shooting, but it is still not enough for the Grizzlies. Morant did that while his right hand is still injured, amazing everyone with that performance. Morant alone cannot do wonders for them, as they all need to step-up as well. They finished that match with 101 points in a 37.6% shooting, which is not bad at all. However, their supporting cast is indeed a problem, as they provided 56 points only. If the Grizzlies cannot play the way they played during the eliminations, it will be over for them. Fortunately, the Grizzlies can rely on defense, as they were able to hold the Lakers to 204 points in their past two games. They are 11th offensively with 105.3 points per game, and the seventh in defense, allowing 110.7 points.

Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. both leads the Grizzlies with 31.5 and 20.7 points per game. However, they have key players who are not available in this match. Jake LaRavia, Steven Adams, and Brandon Clarke are all unavailable in this match.

Los Angeles Lakers

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers
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The Lakers on the other hand is leaning towards the right path in this series. Although they have ups and downs in the eliminations, their stars are back at the right time. Just in time for the playoffs, they welcomed a healthy Lebron James, and Anthony Davis. They are now with a one-game lead in this match, and are aiming to extend their lead into two games. Additionally, they are a team who has experience in the playoffs, which works for their advantage. In this series, the Lakers are shooting 46.8% from the field. What is surprising in this is the fact that most of these scores are coming from the bench. Rui Hachimura has been a revelation in this series, as he is doing well off the bench. If this performance of him continues, this Lakers squad will surely be a problem here. This game is a golden opportunity for the Lakers to inch closer to the semi-finals. Offensively, they are at the 10th with 110.7 points per game, and sixth in defense with 105.3 points per game.

Lebron James and Anthony Davis lead the Lakers with 24.7 and 22 points per game, but both are listed as questionable here. With that, expect Rui Hachimura, who scores 21.7 points per game to lead the Lakers in case of the absence of Davis and James. Aside from the top two players, Dennis Schroder is also listed as questionable in this game, due to his foot issue.

Prediction:

Los Angeles Lakers
Total Under: 107.5
Odds: 0.93

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