The Minnesota Timberwolves and the Los Angeles Lakers collide at the Crpyto.com Arena on Tuesday night.
The Memphis Grizzlies have endured a slow start to the season with eight losses in their first nine games, but they will be feeling a little better after taking down the revamped Clippers in a 105-101 road win on Sunday. Desmond Bane led the team with 27 points and six assists, Marcus Smart added 17 points with seven assists while Bismack Biyombo and Luke Kennard scored 13 points each. As a team, the Grizzlies shot 42 percent from the field and 13 of 41 from the 3-point line as they jumped all over the Clippers from the start, dominating the first quarter by 33-20 to lead by 15 points, before they restricted the Clippers to just three points in the final 1:32 to escape with the much-needed victory.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers have been in decent shape with four wins in their last seven games overall and they will be aiming for a third straight victory after sneaking past the Trail Balzers in a 116-110 home win on Sunday. Anthony Davis led the team with 30 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and three blocks, Rui Hachimura added 19 points while Cameron Reddish and Austin Reaves scored 18 points each. As a team, the Lakers shot 48 percent from the field and just four of 19 from the 3-point line as they trailed going into halftime, before they took control of the cocntest with a pivotal 15-2 run in the third quarter to earn get the win and improve to 4-0 at home this season.
The Grizzlies are still missing Derrick Rose, Steven Adams and Xavier Tillman, while the Lakers are keeping an eye on LeBron James who is questionable with a calf injury. The Grizzlies have been one of the worst teams in the league so far, but they will feel like a different team about beating the Clippers in their last outing. The Lakers come into this meeting as the team in better form, but they could be shorthanded here and they were far from convincing in their narrow win over the struggling Trail Blazers. This should be a close one, but I'm still sticking with the more consistent Lakers to get the job done at home where they're still undefeated.