After falling to the
Like Indiana, the Grizzlies are one of the top defensive teams in the league. The Pacers easily handled the Lakers by 20 points (118-98).
Memphis only averages 94.8 points a night offensively but the Lakers give up 106.2. The Grizzlies are also trying to inch up from ninth place in the Western Conference, just 1 1/2 games behind the
Meanwhile, the struggling Lakers will play without
In addition to being a strong defender (winning the
The Lakers need a big night from Pau Gasol, who is averaging 17.0 points, 10.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists.
The Gasol matchup is always entertaining. Marc is a bit stronger and more physical. Pau is a bit more versatile as an individual scorer near the basket.
In three games with the Lakers, since a trade from the
The Lakers are still adjusting to losing
Bazemore will face Memphis defenders like
The Lakers have trouble generally containing penetration. Between Conley driving and Marc Gasol orchestrating his team through the high post, the Grizzlies can be difficult to guard.
Memphis plays at a relatively slow pace. Look for the Lakers to try to speed up play, with a greater focus on scoring than defense.
The Lakers are playing for a lottery pick. The Grizzlies are pushing to make the playoffs.
On a back-to-back night, the Lakers should have a difficult time getting a win in Memphis.