It was an ice-cold end of January and a so-so February for the Memphis Grizzlies after a scorching December saw them climb atop the NBA’s Western Conference standings and bring excitement to Tennessee sports betting fans.
Still, Memphis enters Tuesday night's showdown against the Lakers in Los Angeles with a 38-25 record. The Grizzlies sit atop the Southwest Division, six games ahead of Dallas.
BetTennessee.com took a look at Ja Morant and company stack up versus the Grizzlies’ past 10 teams to try and get a handle on what the team’s ceiling may be come playoff time.
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Grizzlies Still in Strong Playoff Race
Memphis enters the stretch run with a commanding lead and is a favorite at Tennessee betting apps to win the Southwest Division.
Oddsmakers at Caesars Sportsbook Tennessee list the Grizzlies at -1600 to win the division, ranking well ahead of the Mavericks (+700) and New Orleans Pelicans (+10000).
If the Grizzlies keep winning at their current .603 pace, they’d end the regular season with 49 or 50 wins.
Grizzlies Odds To Win Western Conference
The Grizzlies have dropped among favorites in West title odds in recent weeks, especially after Phoenix pulled off a trade to acquire Kevin Durant. At BetMGM Tennessee Sportsbook, the Grizzlies are +800 to win the conference, tied with Dallas in the No. 5 spot. The Suns are favored at +210, followed by the Denver Nuggets (+350), Golden State Warriors (+500) and Los Angeles Clippers (+550).
Memphis is tied for the eigth-best odds to win the NBA title, at +1600. The East's Boston Celtics (+300) lead that list, followed by the Suns (+450) and Milwaukee Bucks (+500).
After Tuesday's game against the Lakers, Memphis faces four consecutive games against playoff contenders, including a home-and-home against the Mavs, Saturday at home and March 13 in Dallas.
Either way, the Grizzlies are very likely to earn a top-four seed in the 2023 NBA Playoffs, which would be the team’s eighth postseason berth in 11 years. That would also give Memphis homecourt advantage in at least the first round of the playoffs.
The main task now for Morant and his teammates is to get past the Western Conference final for the first time in franchise history.