Utah Jazz vs Memphis Grizzlies Date and Time: Saturday, May 29,2021 9:30 PM ET Venue: FedEx Forum, Memphis, TN Prediction: Memphis Grizzlies Bookmaker: 1xbet
After a thrilling Game 2 where the Utah Jazz evened the series with a 141-129 win over the Memphis Grizzlies, they now head on the road to Tennessee. After a surprising loss in Game 1, the Jazz were back to their best on Wednesday night with seven players scoring 14 or more points.
Ja Morant did his best to keep the matchup close, pouring in 47 points and will demand a better defensive performance from the Utah Jazz in Game 3 on Saturday.
Those numbers were an anomaly in a season when the Jazz have dominated from beyond the arc and in Game 2 they restored order by shooting at 48.7%. Joe Ingles and Jordan Clarkson were hugely effective off the bench, while Mike Conley added 20 points and 15 assists.
Their defense showed signs of weakness, however, and will be something head coach Quin Snyder will be looking to address as they head on the road to Memphis.
Although all of the Memphis Grizzlies starters scored in double digits on Wednesday, they were undone by some early foul trouble from Dillon Brooks and Jonas Valancuinas. Furthermore, for a team that averaged 46.5 boards per game during the regular season, the Grizzlies were well off the pace with just 33 rebounds on the night to the Utah Jazz’s 42.
Where the Memphis Grizzlies need improvements from is in their bench contribution. They have been considerably outscored in both matchups and have shot the ball poorly, making 6-20 attempts from the field on Wednesday night.
The Utah Jazz played like they had all season in Game 2. While their defense failed to stop Morant, their offense was slick and they took advantage of their deep roster of scorers. For the Memphis Grizzlies to stop them, they will have to avoid getting into early foul trouble and rebound the ball more.
If they can do that, the Memphis Grizzlies will fancy their chances of causing another upset with home-court advantage.