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Grizzlies vs Lakers NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Memphis Grizzlies at Los Angeles Lakers
  • Where: Los Angeles at Crypto.com Arena
  • Date: Friday, January 20th
  • Betting Odds LAL +6.5, MEM -273 | LAL +222 O/U 244.5

The Grizzlies come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 31-13. So far, the team has gone 22-20-2 against the spread. Against the Lakers, the Grizzlies are looking to add to their current 11 game winning streak. Team has an average scoring margin of 12.55 in these matchups.

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Memphis is going for another win in today’s game, as they previously took down the Cavaliers. Going into the game, they were 7 point favorites against the spread. Their 115-114 victory was not enough to cover. The Grizzlies made things more interesting than they hoped, as they gave back some of their 7 point halftime lead, by being outscored in the 2nd half. Leading the team in scoring was Desmond Bane, as he contributed 25 points while hitting 47.1% of his shots.

So far, the Lakers have put together an overall record of 20-25, while going 20-22-3 vs the spread. Against the spread, Los Angeles has a mark of 2-1. Straight up, their record is 1-2 in these games.

The Lakers are coming off a dissappointing 116-111 loss to the Kings. Going into the game, they were favored to win by 2 points. Los Angeles was not able to make a comeback in this matchup, as they went into the half down by 1. In the loss, LeBron James led the team in scoring with 32 points on a field goal percentage of 44.0%.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

In last year’s regular season games with the Lakers as the home team, Los Angeles and Memphis played to a split. However, the Grizzlies won the overall season series 3-1. Similar to their season-long average, the Grizzlies averaged 114.25 points per game vs the Lakers. Just like the Grizzlies, the Lakers maintained their usual level of scoring in head-to-head matchups, averaging 108.5 points per game vs Memphis. In terms of betting, Memphis has an ATS record of 3-2 in the previous 5 matchups vs Los Angeles. This mark has come on an average scoring margin of +3 points per game in favor of the Grizzlies. Memphis and Los Angeles averaged a combined 221 points per game in these games, leading to an over-under mark of 3-2.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

The Grizzlies come into today’s game as one of the better scoring teams in the NBA at 117.5 points per game (5th). Coming into today’s game, the Grizzlies will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.6 made 3’s per game. Memphis appears to be a candidate to have some offensive regression as not only are they a below average outside shooting unit, but they are generating free-throws at a rate below the NBA average.

On the defensive end of the floor, the Grizzlies are giving up an average of 109.93 points per game, good for 12th in the NBA.

Point-Guard Ja Morant currently leads the Grizzlies at 27.4 points per game. For the season, he is 6th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 22.3% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Morant is averaging 5.6 boards and 7.9 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 21st ranked defense at defending point-guards. Dillon Brooks enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 40 games, he is averaging 16.3 and is 322nd in the league in player efficiency rating.

Coming into today’s action, Los Angeles is averaging 116.9 points per contest. This figure places them 8th in the league. So far, Los Angeles is averaging 102.5 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. Not only is the team playing at an up-tempo pace, but they have been able to pair this style with one of the better field goal percentages in the NBA at 48.6%.

Defensively, Los Angeles has had its problems giving up an average of 115.15 points per game (28th).

In their upcoming game against the Grizzlies, the Lakers may be without two of their top scorers. Anthony Davis is already listed as out, while LeBron James is questionable. Smart bettors will be paying close attention to the injury report for this game. If he is able to play, LeBron James will likely be more aggressive on offense. He has accounted for 25.4% of the team’s field goal attempts and is 7th in the league in usage rate, averaging 29.8 points per game.

Grizzlies vs Lakers Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Grizzlies -6.5
  • Free Total Prediction: Over 244.5

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