NBA Predictions & Picks for March 23, 2022 Games

Week 23 of the 2022 NBA season kicked off on Monday and the race for a spot in the 2022 NBA playoffs is heating up. At this point in the season, every game is an important one for teams in the hunt for the 2022 NBA title. Below we take a look at two of the most important games on the schedule for tonight, tonight, Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

Before we look at the most significant games on tonight’s NBA schedule, be sure to check out the best NBA betting sites and our NBA Finals betting guide.

Brooklyn vs. Memphis

  • Date & Location: Wednesday, March 23 at FedEx Forum in Memphis, TN
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
  • How to Watch: Bally Sports SE-MEM, YES, ESPN
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Brooklyn NetsTBATBATBATBATBA
Memphis GrizzliesTBATBATBATBATBA

The Brooklyn Nets look like they have stopped their bleeding. The Nets were on a 3-17 run between January 23 and March 6. Since March 8, the team has put together a record of 6-1 and that one loss was a two-point setback to the Dallas Mavericks. Brooklyn is on a two-game winning streak heading into their matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Grizzlies have been one of the better teams in the league in 2022. Memphis has not lost back-to-back games since a three-game losing skid in late December. The club is coming off a 122-98 win over Houston on Sunday.

There are a lot of questions in Brooklyn, mostly around if Ben Simmons will play this season and if Kyrie Irving will be able to play at home. One thing the Nets don’t have to worry about is Kevin Durant. Durant missed some time because of an MCL sprain, but since he came back on March 3, he has averaged 30 points a game. Durant is coming off two games where he scored 38 and 37 points.

Ja Morant is questionable for tonight’s game for Memphis because of a knee injury. That’s bad. What’s good is that Desmond Bane is putting up some nice numbers as of late. Bane eclipsed the 20-point line in six of the Grizzlies past nine games.

These teams played in January in Brooklyn, Memphis won that game 118-104. Morant scored 36 that night.

Assuming Morant plays, the pick is Memphis, without Morant, go with Brooklyn.

MemphisTO BEAT BROOKLYN
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Philadelphia vs. Los Angeles Lakers

  • Date & Location: Wednesday, March 23 at FedEx Forum in Memphis, TN
  • Time: 10:00 p.m. ET
  • How to Watch: Spectrum SportsNet, NBC Sports Philadelphia, ESPN
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Philadelphia 76ersTBATBATBATBATBA
Los Angeles LakersTBATBATBATBATBA

The Philadelphia 76ers are 2.5 games behind the Miami Heat for the No. 1 spot in the Eastern Conference. They are essentially a lock to make the 2022 NBA Playoffs. The Los Angeles Lakers are not a lock for the 2022 NBA Postseason. In fact, the Lakers are outside the playoff mix at this point in the NBA season as they are in the No. 9 spot in the Western Conference.

Philly is 6-4 in their past 10 games. The team was without Joel Embiid on Monday due to a back injury. Embiid is having an MVP season for the club, without him, the 76ers will struggle. There is no word on if he will play tonight against Los Angeles.

LeBron James has essentially put the Lakers on his back this season, but the team has struggled. The Lakers have not won back-to-back games since they ran off four straight victories between December 31 and January 7. Los Angeles is coming off a 131-120 win over James’ former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Don’t expect the Lakers to win two in a row.

Pick: Philadelphia to beat Los Angeles.

Philadelphia TO BEAT LOS ANGELES
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Trent Reinsmith

Trent covers UFC and MMA for MTS. He currently covers MMA for MMA Junkie and Forbes. He has also written for Vice, Bloody Elbow, Fight! Magazine, UFC 360, and Narratively among others. He has been involved with MMA since he and some friends threw some money together to purchase the pay-per-view of UFC 1, and the rest is history.