NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, April 12th (All times eastern)
Memphis Grizzlies (23-56) at Los Angeles Lakers (63-17), 9:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers will close out the regular season with a pair of home games, starting with Sunday's contest versus the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center.
Los Angeles is still battling with Cleveland for the best record in the NBA and home-court advantage if both teams reach the Finals. The Lakers will try to rebound tonight versus Memphis after having their five-game winning streak halted with Friday's 106-98 loss at Portland.
Kobe Bryant had 32 points and five rebounds, while Lamar Odom added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who were without head coach Phil Jackson because of pain in his lower right leg. Kurt Rambis coached the Lakers against the Blazers and is expected to resume his assistant duties tonight in Jackson's return.
The Lakers will also host the Utah Jazz and are 34-5 in Hollywood this season.
Memphis will open a quick two-game road trip Sunday against the Lakers and Suns, and is 8-31 as the guest this season. The Grizzlies ended a two-game losing streak and won for the fifth time in seven tries with a 106-89 triumph over Phoenix on Friday at FedEx Forum.
Rudy Gay and O.J. Mayo scored 20 points apiece to help Memphis snap a 10-game losing streak to the Suns. Mike Conley posted 17 points and Hakim Warrick registered 15 points and 10 rebounds in a winning cause.
The Grizz will wrap up the season on April 15 versus Atlanta. Memphis guard Quinton Ross is questionable for Sunday's game because of a strained left quadriceps.
Los Angeles is aiming for its first season sweep of Memphis since winning all four matchups during the 2002-03 campaign. The Lakers have won seven of the last 10 meetings with the Grizzlies, who have dropped 21 of the 26 games as the visitor in this series.
04/12 10:35:03 ET