The Memphis Grizzlies (29-13) hosted the Phoenix Suns (21-23) on Monday in a matchup of the Western playoff bracket. The Memphis Grizzlies are the second seed in the Western Conference, nine games above the Phoenix Suns, who hold the 11th seed. The Memphis Grizzlies are favored to win the matchup with a Moneyline of -500 and a spread of -10 points at Arizona sportsbooks. The average points margin between these two teams in their last ten matchups was 14.6 points.
On Monday, the Memphis Grizzlies (29-13) and Phoenix Suns (21-23) met at the FedEx Forum for an NBA matchup. The Memphis Grizzlies entered the game in a strong position, riding a nine-game win streak and holding the second seed in the Western Conference. The Phoenix Suns, on the other hand, were 11th in the Western Conference and had struggled in their last nine games, going 1-8 SU.
The Memphis Grizzlies were heavily favored in this game, with a -500 Moneyline and a -10 point spread. This was reflected in the game, as the Grizzlies dominated most of the game and ultimately won 122-114. Dillon Brooks led the Grizzlies with 30 points, while Ja Morant and Desmond Bane combined for 57 points.
The Suns were without key players Devin Booker, Chris Paul, Cam Johnson and Cam Payne. Mikal Bridges paced the Suns with 21 points, followed by Deandre Ayton with 18 points. The Suns had a 36-29 lead after the first quarter, but the Grizzlies took over in the third quarter and ultimately outscored the Suns 66-54 in the paint.
The Grizzlies now have the second-longest winning streak in franchise history and have won 18 of their 21 home games this season. The Suns, in contrast, are 1-6 SU in their last seven road games. The Suns will look to bounce back when they return home to face the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday.
Memphis Grizzlies Form
Form-wise, the Memphis Grizzlies are looking strong on the back of nine consecutive wins. A recent 112-130 triumph over the Indiana Pacers extended their winning streak, leaving them 9-1 in their last 10 matches overall.
The Memphis Grizzlies rank 11th in the NBA offensive rating. The visitors scored 117.1 points per game in the regular season, which is an improvement to last season’s average tally of 115.2 points. They also top the league’s defensive rating, giving up 111.8 points per game and 114.8 points on the road.
After last year’s playoff semi-final exit, the Memphis Grizzlies are expected to clinch another postseason berth. They currently hold the second seed in the Western Conference and top the Southwest Division.
The Memphis Grizzlies have three players injured for the upcoming match: Danny Green, John Konchar, and Dillon Brooks.
Phoenix Suns Form
The Phoenix Suns fell to a second consecutive defeat last time out when the Minnesota Timberwolves beat them 121-116. The visitors are now 2-8 in their past ten games overall and 1-4 in the last five on the road.
The Phoenix Suns rank 12th in offense and defense this season. They have scored 112.7 points and conceded 111.6 points on average. Defensively, the hosts have had a slip in standards, giving up 115.2 points in the last five games alone.
The Phoenix Suns entered the regular season as a clear playoff contender after making the Conference semi-finals last year. However, 44 games into the campaign, they currently sit one spot outside the Western Conference’s Play-In tournament spots in 11th.
Memphis Grizzlies VS Phoenix Suns H2H history
The previous matchup between these two franchises ended in a 108-125 win for the Phoenix Suns at the FedExForum in December 2022. The Memphis Grizzlies came away with three wins from their past five matchups against the Phoenix Suns, leaving them with an overall record of 3-2.
In their last ten head-to-head games, the Memphis Grizzlies managed 110.2 points on average per game, while the Phoenix Suns put 114.8 points on board.