The Memphis Grizzlies have had a rough week, but bounced back at the end of the week with a relatively dominant performance over the Detroit Pistons. They asserted their dominance with a 109-99 win.
On Monday, they’ll have a new challenge with the New Orleans Pelicans coming to Beale Street to take on the Grizz. This is significant, as the Pelicans are standing in the 11th spot in the Western Conference standings at the moment.
After an unexpected rough patch to begin May, the Grizzlies could potentially be at risk of losing their spot in the play-in tournament by the end of the season. The team that could take that spot? The Pelicans.
This is an extremely important game, as the Pelicans have been playing some of the best basketball of their season thus far. The team has won six of their last 10 games, slowly gaining on Taylor Jenkins’ team.
Can the Memphis Grizzlies create some separation? Our contributors weigh in.
Jack Williams: If there is a team that is going to steal the Memphis Grizzlies’ spot in the play-in tournament, it’s the New Orleans Pelicans. Logically, the Grizzlies would play them closely, but this Memphis team hasn’t followed the normal path. After a rough week or so, I think they’ll blow the doors off of the Pelicans on their home court, with great games out of all of the team’s key players. Expect high-scoring performances out of Ja Morant, Jonas Valanciunas, and Jaren Jackson Jr.
Final Score: Memphis Grizzlies 119, New Orleans Pelicans 102
Caleb Anglin: The Grizzlies face off against the New Orleans Pelicans in Memphis tomorrow. With Memphis being the 9th seed currently, looking for a play-in game, this is a pretty big game for them. With not many games left, every game left matters. New Orleans needs a win as well as they are 2 games behind the 10th seed Spurs. The Pelicans are 2-0 in the season series against the Grizzlies. With Zion and Brandon Ingram dealing with injuries, I believe the Grizzlies can get the W and keep things rolling heading to the postseason.
Final Score: Memphis Grizzlies 109, New Orleans Pelicans 98
Taylor Goebel: The Grizzlies host Zion Williamson and the Pelicans on Monday night. The last time these two teams faced off, the Pelicans blew out the Grizzlies 144-113. Ja Morant and the Grizzlies will look to avoid that from happening yet again tonight. After beating the Toronto Raptors, Memphis will look to add on to their win streak and finish strong as they look to stay in the playoff range this season. Look for Jaren Jackson Jr. to have a big game tonight.
Final Score: Memphis Grizzlies 123, New Orleans Pelicans 116