The Memphis Grizzlies and Utah Jazz will face off this evening at 9 p.m. CT after the Grizzlies won Game 1 112-109 in Utah. Game 2 will definitely be very different from Game 1 for a variety of reasons, but there are a few appealing perspectives for those willing to wager on the game.
The Utah Jazz swept the Memphis Grizzlies in the regular season, winning all three games. The Jazz’s defence and three-point shooting have been their strengths all season. Utah was the league leader in three-point field goals, making 38.9% of their attempts from beyond the arc.
In Game 1, however, Utah struck on only 12-of-47 from beyond the arc, an uncharacteristically dismal shooting effort. In Sunday’s loss, guards Mike Conley and Jordan Clarkson combined for 3-19 from three-point range.
As Jazz standout Donovan Mitchell returns to the starting lineup for the first time since April, the Grizzlies will have their hands full on the perimeter Thursday evening. Mitchell’s ability to get to the rim is incentive enough for Memphis to pack the paint, but if the Grizzlies focus their defensive efforts on limiting Mitchell’s penetration, Utah’s supporting cast will have plenty of opportunities.
Mike Conley has a total of 16.6 points.
Mitchell’s return will most likely benefit Conley. Conley should be able to find more open looks on the perimeter in Game 2 as the Grizzlies’ defensive focus shifts to Mitchell. Conley was a three-point shooting machine this season, hitting 41.2 percent of his attempts. Mitchell’s ability to suck the defence in and locate an open shooter on the perimeter explains a lot of Conley’s success.
Conley’s minutes should be unaffected, especially considering the Jazz may opt to ease Mitchell back into the lineup. Conley is expected to have a strong showing against his former team. DraftKings Sportsbook has this wager available online.
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In Game 2 tonight, expect a torrent of points early on. The Jazz will benefit from the loud Utah crowd, which will definitely be anticipating Mitchell’s return. With Mitchell (26.4 points per game) back at the lead, Utah’s attack will be revolutionised tonight.
While the Jazz should start scoring tonight, Memphis’ offence should not be underestimated.
In Game 1, Brooks led the Grizzlies with 31 points, and Ja Morant followed with 26 points in the pair’s postseason debuts.
Despite their impressive offensive outputs, the Grizzlies only managed 7-20 from three in their victory. Memphis isn’t a three-point shooting team, but 20 attempts is a lot less than their regular-season average of 31 tries per game.
In Game 1, the Grizzlies were unable to get Jaren Jackson Jr. going. Jackson Jr. just had seven points on 2-8 (1-5) shooting from the field. With more focus on Morant, head coach Taylor Jenkins will undoubtedly turn to his 6-foot-11 matchup nightmare.
It’s worth noting that in the four encounters between these two clubs this season, the OVER is 3-1.