The Memphis Grizzlies added another win to their total on Saturday night, acing the Minnesota Timberwolves. The victory moved Memphis into the No. 7 spot in the West's NBA Playoffs seeding, a half-game behind the Portland Trail Blazers and a half-game ahead of the New Orleans Hornets. If the playoffs began today, the Grizzlies would face the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round.
The Lakers are 4-3 against Memphis since the start of 2009-10; the Grizzlies are one of the few teams in the league with two big men capable of making L.A. sweat on both ends. One of the keys to the Lakers' back-to-back success has been in its potent frontline, with Pau Gasol and either Lamar Odom or Andrew Bynum controlling the boards and scoring efficiently in the paint. But with Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph, Memphis has been up to the challenge.
Randolph has played in six of the games against the Lakers in the last two seasons, and Memphis is 3-3 in those. He's scored 20 or more in four of the six games and has averaged 3.5 offensive rebounds per game. Marc has also been trouble on the offensive glass over his career against the Lakers. In 11 career games against L.A., Marc has averaged three offensive rebounds per game.
A first round matchup between the teams could still be avoided if Memphis moves up another seed or falls back down, or if the Lakers manage to catch the San Antonio Spurs for No. 1.