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Phoenix Suns vs. Memphis Grizzlies Predictions and Preview for 4/1/2022

Phoenix Suns takes on Memphis Grizzlies on 4/1/2022 at 07:00 PM.

The Phoenix Suns and Memphis Grizzlies face off in an important game for both teams. Phoenix Suns has a record of 62-14 this regular season. Memphis Grizzlies is 54-23 this regular season. Both have players to meet and know.

Phoenix Suns Team Defense Preview




They have an elite level defense and fans may not appreciate it because they get so fixated on scoring, dunks, and drama, but this defense is as good as it gets right now. A defensive effiency rating of 107.0 would certainly justify such praise. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just a defensive efficiency rating.

They are doing a great job forcing bad shots from opposing offenses, they are among the leaders in the NBA. Their ability to keep opponents from scoring at the rim is among the best in the NBA. It is tougher to score at the rim against their defense than much of the NBA.

Nothing will blow you away about their ability to force live ball turnovers.

Phoenix Suns Team Offense Preview




Getting excited about an offensive efficiency of 115.4 is going a bit overboard with an above-average offense. And nothing more than that. Now that we know what the overall offense looks like, it is time to understand why this offense is the way it is. This is a team that is basically of average tempo.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .584 which is considered to be above average. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .552, which is considered to be above average. They attempt .352 of their shots from three point range. The three point shot is just not as important to this offense. They made .368 of their shots from three point range. They are an above average three point shooting team. They made .799 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They are a slightly above average Free Throw shooting team.

They have an offensive rebounding rate of 22.3% this season. They are a below average rebounding team.

Memphis Grizzlies Team Defense Preview

They have an elite level defense and fans may not appreciate it because they get so fixated on scoring, dunks, and drama, but this defense is as good as it gets right now. A defensive effiency rating of 108.6 would certainly justify such praise. Now that we know what the overall defense looks like, it is time to understand why this defense is the way it is.

This is a decent defensive team that is able to force some bad shots. They are not doing enough to stop opponents from scoring at the rim. Making the easy shots hard is what this team does to opponents, among the best in the NBA.

Nothing will blow you away about their ability to force live ball turnovers.

Memphis Grizzlies Team Offense Preview


You should not have high expectations considering their offensive efficiency is 114.8, but relatively speaking it is still a slightly above-average offense. Now that we know what the overall offense looks like, it is time to understand why this offense is the way it is. They play a pace that is considered faster than average, but this is not a team that is having a track meet.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .553 which is considered to be below average. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .523, which is considered to be below average. They attempt .347 of their shots from three point range. The three point shot is just not as important to this offense. They made .350 of their shots from three point range. They would be considered below average from beyond the arc. They made .733 of their shots from the charity stripe. This is a team that will keep opponents in the game when up with a late narrow lead.

When they missed shots, they were able to get back 30.2% of them. They are among the best offensive rebounding teams in the NBA.

The Phoenix Suns Roster

The Players to Watch for Phoenix Suns

Mikal Bridges 6-6 209 SF

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.The ball is in safe hands with him and there is a general level of comfort in his stewardship. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Devin Booker 6-5 206 SG

He is a positive impactful starter who makes an impact for this team.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is an average distributor in this offense. He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Chris Paul 6-0 175 PG

He is a positive impactful starter who makes an impact for this team.

He likes to drift out there on offense, he is not very active near the rim. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

One of the best distributors in the NBA, he sets up his teammates like few others. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

The Memphis Grizzlies Roster

The Players to Watch for Memphis Grizzlies

Desmond Bane 6-5 215 SF

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Jaren Jackson Jr. 6-11 242 PF

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.On the offensive glass, he is generally average. Nothing stands out.

Steven Adams 6-11 265 C

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

He is one of the leaders in the NBA in his ability to get scoring attempts at the rim. Shooting three point shots is either a rarity or it never happens, he gets his work done in the paint. He either does not take three point shots or he does not make them either. Opponents are probably quite aware. Getting to the Free Throw Line is an important part of his game. Fouling him is probably better than letting him get two points on a drive or post-up. The Free Throw Line is an adventure for him and everyone is there to watch.

He is an average distributor in this offense. He will be looking to cut down on his turnovers, better decision-making and more alertness on the offensive end should help. Opponents need to be aware of his ability to grab offensive rebounds and find a way to neutralize it.

Phoenix Suns vs. Memphis Grizzlies Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Phoenix Suns 113 Memphis Grizzlies 104

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