NBA: Toronto Raptors @ Memphis Grizzlies
- Title : NBA: Toronto Raptors @ Memphis Grizzlies
More NBA action from the bubble here as the Toronto Raptors prepare to take on the Memphis Grizzlies. The Raptors are locked into the second seed in the East, but this game means everything for the Grizzlies who are suddenly struggling just to stay in the playoff picture. Oddsmakers have the Raptors as a sizable favorite for this one.
Well, the bubble games certainly haven't gone the way the Grizzlies were hoping for, and that might be a pretty big understatement. Memphis entered Orlando coming off a very successful initial regular season, where they were a year ahead of schedule. Going into the restart the talk was all about whether or not a team would get close enough to the Grizzlies to force a play-in tournament, and now the question is whether or not the Grizzlies will make that tournament at all. Things have been disastrous so far, and they have lost four of their five games and also lost emerging star forward Jaren Jackson Jr for the rest of the season due to injury.
However, Raptors are the most stingy team on defense in the bubble, and the Grizzlies are going to have to match their defensive intensity if they want to win this one. They were locked in against OKC, but I'm not sure they will be able to follow it up with a similar defensive effort. In their game before that they gave up 124 points to the Utah Jazz, and allowed them to get to the free-throw line 33 times.
I really like the Raptors here and I dont think this one is going to be particulary close. The fact that Toronto had a such an ugly game in rheir most recent contect make me like them more here. The Grizzlies have looked mostley terrible in the bubble and they just arent the same offensievly without Jackson.
Prediction: Raptors cover the spread on - 4,5