Memphis Grizzlies @ Phoenix Suns

grizzliesTonight the Phoenix Suns will look to prevent the visiting Memphis Grizzlies from securing a trip to the postseason, whilst keeping their own playoff hopes alive in a vital Monday night meet.

Phoenix trail Memphis by one game for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, with the Grizzlies holding the tiebreaker by virtue of winning the first three meetings of the season.

The Suns would have to win this contest and Wednesday’s finale at Sacramento, and Memphis would have to lose to Dallas that same day in order for Phoenix to qualify.

However, all things are possible in the ultra-competitive Western Conference.

Phoenix (47-33) have had a successful season under rookie coach Jeff Hornacek, exceeding expectations by a wide margin while making a drastic improvement from a team that failed to finish over .500 for the last three years.

Their playoff ambitions have faltered of late as they dropped their last two games, falling 112-104 to San Antonio on Friday before losing 101-98 to Dallas the following night.

By contrast, the Grizzlies (48-32) won their third straight game Sunday, 102-90 over the Los Angeles Lakers, to put themselves in position to clinch a fourth consecutive playoff appearance with a victory tonight.

Memphis can clinch at least the seventh seed by winning their final two. They trail Golden State by one game for sixth and could wind up in that position with a pair of wins and two Warriors losses.

Considering Phoenix have lost the last two meetings at home with Memphis after winning 11 of the previous 13, three could prove to be the magic number for the Grizzlies.

Back Memphis -3.5 at +200.

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