Thanks to a Nugget victory in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, the Lakers (39-36) have sneaked back in the 8th spot in the west. They are now a half game ahead of the Jazz but will still need to win most, if not all, of their remaining 7 games — including tonight.
The Memphis Grizzlies (51-24) come in to Staples Center as the Western Conference's hottest team with the longest winning streak of 4. They traded away their best perimeter player in Rudy Gay a few weeks before the trade deadline in order to help alleviate some of their salary tax burden now and in the seasons ahead. However, the loss of Gay hasn't exactly slowed this team down as they've won 22 of their 31 games following the trade.
Memphis has taken the first 2 meetings with the purple and gold. But with Gay no longer with the team, they could have a tough time matching the Lakers' perimeter output tonight.no comments