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Both the Los Angeles Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies are striving to improve their places in the Western Conference standings. The Memphis Grizzlies are currently second in the Western Conference with a 36-23 overall record and an impressive 25-5 home record. The Los Angeles Lakers are 12th in the West, owning a 29-32 overall record and a 14-18 road record.
This will be the second meeting between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Memphis Grizzlies this season. The last time these two teams met, the Los Angeles Lakers came out with a narrow 122-121 victory. This time out, the Memphis Grizzlies will have home court advantage.
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|Los Angeles Lakers||Head-to-Head||Memphis Grizzlies|
|Darvin Ham||Head Coach||Taylor Jenkins|
|29-32 (12th in West)||Standing||36-23 (2nd in West)|
|113.6 (22nd of 30)||Off Rtg||113.8 (20th of 30)|
|114.4 (18th of 30)||Def Rtg||109.9 (1st of 30)|
|101.8 (2nd of 30)||Pace||101.4 (3rd of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|L. James (29.5)||PPG||J. Morant (27.0)|
|A. Davis (12.4)||RPG||S. Adams (11.5)|
|R. Westbrook (7.5)||APG||J. Morant (8.1)|
|M. Beasley (1.8)||SPG||J. Jackson Jr., J. Morant (1.1)|
|A. Davis (2.0)||BPG||J. Jackson Jr. (3.2)|
|W. Gabriel (.617)/L. James (11.3)||FG%/FGM||B. Clarke (.661)/J. Morant (9.6)|
|A. Reaves (.376)/M. Beasley (3.4)||3P%/3PM||L. Kennard (.636)/D. Bane (3.0)|
|D'Angelo Russell||Los Angeles Lakers||26 Feb 2023||Out (Ankle)||Russell was OUT for Los Angeles' Sunday (Feb. 26) game.|
|LeBron James||Los Angeles Lakers||28 Feb 2023||Out (Foot)||James is will be out indefinitely after suffering a foot injury.|
|Steven Adams||Memphis Grizzlies||24 Jan 2023||Out (Knee)||Adams will be sidelined for three to five weeks after sustaining a PCL strain in his right knee.|
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While the Memphis Grizzlies are sitting rather comfortably at the top of the Western Conference, the Los Angeles Lakers are fighting tooth and nail to get back into the Play-In Tournament position. The Memphis Grizzlies are just 5.5 games back of the first place in the West but have gone 5-5 over their last 10 games. The Los Angeles Lakers are just one game out of Play-In position and enter this game on a three-game win streak while going 6-4 over their last 10 games.
The Los Angeles Lakers threaten teams with their up-tempo scoring threat, averaging 117.0 points per game (6th in the NBA) on 48.1% shooting from the field (10th in the NBA) while collecting 45.7 rebounds per game (5th in the NBA). Over the course of their three-game win streak, the Lakers' defense has limited teams to just 41.1% shooting from the field and 33.3% from three-point range. The Memphis Grizzlies are one of the league's strongest two-way teams, scoring 115.9 points per game (9th in the NBA) while limiting teams to 111.9 points per game (6th in the NBA). Memphis has struggled since losing Steven Adams to injury, but they've been able to win three of their last five games by holding teams to an average of 43.6% from the field while forcing 15.0 turnovers.
The Los Angeles Lakers have been on a positive run of form, but a recent change to LeBron James' possible availability has huge implications for their chances against the Memphis Grizzlies. While the Grizzlies have been struggling through their recent matches, a shorthanded Lakers team shouldn't be enough to challenge their offensive firepower. Take the Grizzlies despite the Lakers' encouraging form.
The Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Lakers are two of the league's more fast-paced offensive teams. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging a combined 234.9 points per game on a minus-0.9-point differential. The Memphis Grizzlies are averaging a combined 227.8 points per game on a plus-4.0 differential.
Through their last five games, the Memphis Grizzlies have averaged a combined 222.4 points per game and have cleared 235.5 just once. The Los Angeles Lakers have averaged a combined 226.0 points per game through their last five games, clearing 235.5 just once in that span of games. Both teams will enter this game with injuries to key players, particularly the Los Angeles Lakers with LeBron James.
With these teams at full health, we would count on these two teams to clear 235.5 with little issue. However, on their current runs of form and with injuries to key players, we don't see the Grizzlies and Lakers combining to clear 235.5. Expect a hard-fought, defensive battle between two teams whose scoring has been lacking of late.
Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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