Grizzlies vs Lakers preview: Going for number 12 in a row

Ja Morant and LeBron James (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)
Ja Morant and LeBron James (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports) /
  • The Memphis Grizzlies (31-13) head to the City of Angels to face the Lakers (20-25), in their first of three matchups this season.

The Grizzlies look to extend their winning streak to 12, a number that would break the franchise’s record for consecutive wins. They have been frightening, to say the least, being the only undefeated team in 2023. Meanwhile, every game matters for the struggling Lakers, as they need a win to stay alive in the play-in hunt having lost four out of their last five games.

Let’s take a look at the things you need to know before tonight’s tipoff.

Memphis Grizzlies vs Los Angeles Lakers- What you need to know


For rhe Grizzlies

Ziaire Williams – Questionable (Non-COVID illness)

Danny Green  – Out (LT knee surgery recovery)

For the Lakers

Anthony Davis – Out (Right foot injury)

Austin Reaves – Out (Left hamstring strain)

Lonnie Walker IV – Out (Left knee tenditis)

If the Grizzlies reach their usual standards, things could get really ugly in the arena. With Anthony Davis still sidelined, dominating the paint is the key to winning this game. I’d watch out for a big game from Jaren Jackson Jr. He’s been sensational at both ends during the Grizzlies’ winning streak and I’m not sure the Lakers bigs will have an answer for him tonight.

A day after taking on Darius Garland, Dillon Brooks will once again display his defensive versatility, taking the LeBron assignment. The King has been absolutely ridiculous lately, averaging 36.4 points since he turned 38. Maybe it’s partly due to his pursuit of the NBA career points record. It’s not an easy task, but if Brooks can slow down James, then the night will get more manageable for the Grizzlies.

Ja Morant playing in LA means showtime. Last season he had a 40-point game and he gave us moments like this one:

He loves playing in this arena. The Lakers may not be putting on a show recently, but Morant and company certainly have. We should expect him to show up big and lead Memphis to victory.

Prediction: Memphis 117, Los Angeles 102