The first game of the NBA playoffs will feature the Memphis Grizzlies and the Los Angeles Lakers. For those who are into NBA betting, this match-up is definitely one to watch. The Grizzlies are a team of young, confident players who are not intimidated by the experienced Lakers. To make things more interesting, Dillon Brooks, a guard for the Grizzlies, has expressed his desire to face off against LeBron James in a seven-game series and eliminate him in the first round. The tension between the two teams has been brewing since January 2022, when Memphis player Desmond Bane and James had a brief confrontation.
The Lakers may have won two out of three games against the Grizzlies during the regular season, but the Grizzlies are hoping to surprise everyone by upsetting the Lakers in the playoffs. These are three aspects of the game to keep an eye on:
First, the Brooks-James showdown, where Brooks has previously limited James to 8-of-21 shooting. Second, the depth of each team, with the Lakers having improved in that department with new starters D’Angelo Russell and Jarred Vanderbilt. The Grizzlies have a strong second unit led by Tyus Jones and Luke Kennard. And finally, Anthony Davis will need to carry most of the offensive load, and the Grizzlies will have to find ways to contain him.
The Grizzlies’ X-factor is Jaren Jackson Jr., who will need to step up his rebounding and defense with Steven Adams out. Jackson is also crucial in opening up the Grizzlies’ offense by getting to his sweet spots on the floor. The Lakers’ defense may struggle in transition, which could be a problem against the Grizzlies, who are ranked second with 25.8 transition points per game.
Although the Lakers have the talent and experience, it might be Memphis’ time to shine. This young, confident squad has been advancing each year, and they are ready to make a statement in the playoffs. If you’re looking for an NBA betting guide, keep an eye on this match-up between the Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Lakers.