While the Memphis Grizzlies won Game 1 on the road, it doesn’t look like they’ll score a big surprise in the first round. Since then, the Utah Jazz have bounced back with double digits in Games 2 and 3, and this series is starting to look more like everyone expected before it started.
The return of Donovan Mitchell was a huge factor in the Jazz that turned the series around. After missing Game 1 due to an ankle injury, he has returned, averaging 27 points in the last two games. Even if he hasn’t been super efficient, his scoring ability is crucial to their offense.
Will he be able to hold out in Game 4 to give the Jazz an impressive 3-1 lead? Or will the Grizzlies defend the home field and even bolster the range? Here’s everything you need to know:
(1) Utah Jazz vs. (8) Memphis Grizzlies
- Date: Monday May 31 | Time: 9:30 p.m. ET
- Place: FedEx Forum – Memphis, Tennessee
- TV: TNT | Live stream: TNT
- Opportunities: Not yet published
Jazz: When the Jazz lost Game 1 and reports indicated that Donovan Mitchell was upset for being detained, it was easy to reflect on the past failures of this team’s playoffs. However, they have since shown an impressive response and are now well on their way to taking care of the Grizzlies, advancing to the second round for the first time since 2018. While they are clearly the better team, it is I’ll take some determination to finish a young Grizzlies team that works extremely hard and doesn’t give up any game.
Grizzly bears: Moral victories aren’t really what anyone wants at this time of year, but Ja Morant and Co. should be proud of their achievements so far in this series, even if they lag 2-1 on the way to Game 4. They stole Game 1 on the way, and while they ended up losing Games 2 and 3 by double digits, big comebacks in every game to give themselves a chance. Even now they are not yet out of the series. A win here in Game 4 would close things out and guarantee that this goes at least six games. Whatever happens, this was a strong first playoff run for this team.
There is no line for this game yet, but the Jazz should be the favorite, and we’ll be riding with them. The Grizzlies work hard and Ja Morant is a lot of fun, but the Jazz ended with the best record in the regular season for a reason. Select: Jazz
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