The Memphis Grizzlies (11-23) travel to face off against the Los Angeles Lakers (17-18) on Friday, January 5th. This game will be played at Crypto.com Arena. Both the Grizzlies and Lakers will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 10:00 ET.
Grizzlies vs Lakers
The Grizzlies Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Grizzlies is coming off a loss to the Raptors in their latest game, ending with a score of 116-111. Besides losing the game outright, the Grizzlies also fell short against the spread, failing to cover as -1.5 point favorites. The game finished with a push on the over/under with the line going into the game being set at 227 points.
As of now, the Grizzlies have an overall record of 11-23 and are 1-2 in their last three games. In the Western Conference, they are in 13th place and are 4th in the Southwest division.
Memphis arrives with an ATS record of 13-21 for the season up to this point. In their last three home games, Memphis has been unable to cover the spread, and they maintain an ATS record of 4-12 at home compared to 9-9 on the road.
The Lakers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Lakers were defeated by the Heat in the most recent game, concluding with a score of 110-96. The Lakers managed to secure te win, even though they were behind at halftime 53-45.
With an overall season record of 17-18, the Lakers have a chance to get back to .500 if they beat the Grizzlies. In the Western Conference, the Lakers are in 10th place and are currently 4th in the Pacific division.
So far, Los Angeles’ ATS record is below .500 at 15-20. On the road, the Lakers have an ATS record of 8-11, as opposed to a 7-9 record against the spread when playing at home.
Grizzlies Offense Breakdown
This season, the Memphis offense is ranked 30th in the NBA in scoring at 106.9 points per game. So far, the Grizzlies are averaging 99.4 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. A key aspect of the team’s offensive struggles is the fact that they not only play at a slow pace, but they struggle to score inside. Heading into today’s game, Memphis is just 30th in shots made inside the arc.
Lakers Offense Breakdown
Through 35 games the Lakers are averaging 113.7 points per contest, placing them 19th in the NBA. Coming into today’s game, the Lakers will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.7 made 3’s per game. One area of the team’s offense that has been effective is their ability to get to the free-throw line. So far, they are ranked 12th, with an average of 18.7 made free-throws per game.
Grizzlies Team Defense
So far, the Grizzlies’ defense is ranked 13th in the league at 113.4 points per contest. On two point field goal attempts, the Grizzlies’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 51.8% and allowing 38.9% from beyond the arc.
Lakers Team Defense
So far this season, the Lakers have been a better defensive team at home, giving up 107.7 PPG at home compared to their overall season average of 114.6 points per game. Overall, they are the 16th ranked defensive unit in the league. The Lakers defense is coming off a game in which they held the Heat offense to just 42.2% shooting. Overall, they gave up 110 points to Miami.
Key Players For The Grizzlies And Lakers
In today’s game, we anticipate Ja Morant leading the scoring for the Grizzlies, contributing 24 points while shooting 8/18 from the field. For the season, he has been averaging 25.6 points per game, in addition to 5.4 rebounds.
As for Los Angeles, Anthony Davis is projected to be the primary scorer for the Lakers. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 24, and adding 12 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 55.2% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 25.2 points per game.
Grizzlies vs Lakers Trends
- Across the Grizzlies last three road games, the team averaged 109 points per game while allowing 124. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 1-2, while going 1-2 straight-up.
- Across their last three home contests, Los Angeles has a 2-1 record vs the spread. Their overall mark in these games was 1-2, while averaging 114 points per game.
- Spanning across their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Grizzlies have gone 3-7 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 3-7.
- In their last ten games as the betting favorite, the Lakers have a straight up record of 5-5 and an ATS mark of 4-6.
We’re calling a win for the Lakers, with a final score of 113-107, and we’re taking them to cover the spread. Our recommendation is to bet on the Lakers at -4.5.
Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 227.5, and our model predicts the Grizzlies and Lakers to score a combined 220 points. We recommend betting on the under.
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