Betting on today’s Grizzlies and Lakers game? Catch the action at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, CA, as the Lakers hosts this showdown at 10:00 ET on ESPN. The over/under for this Western conference contest is set at 227.5 points, with the Lakers being the favored team playing at home against the Grizzlies.
MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES VS LOS ANGELES LAKERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Los Angeles Lakers -4.5
This game will be played at Crypto.com Arena at 10:00 ET on Friday, January 5th.
WHY BET THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 113-107 in favor of the Lakers.
- Our projections have Anthony Davis finishing with Anthony Davis points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists.
- From the field, we have the Lakers finishing with a field goal percentage of 48.3% and knocking down 11 threes.
Can Memphis Secure a Road Victory?
Through 34 games, the Grizzlies are 11th in the West with a record of 11-23. If they are going to turn things around this season, they will need to find a way to win on the road. So far, Memphis is just 8-15 on the road.
When looking at their overall betting performance, the Grizzlies are 8-13 as the underdog and have failed to cover the spread in each of their last five games as the underdog. Today, they are 4.5-point underdogs vs. the Lakers.
The average scoring line for Memphis games this season is 220.3 points, and their over/under record for the season is 13-20-1. This season, 23 of their games have had lower over/under lines than today’s line of 227.5, and their record in these games is 9-13.
Memphis’ straight-up losing streak was extended to three games with a 116-111 loss to the Raptors. They also failed to cover the spread in this game as 1.5-point favorites.
The Grizzlies’ offense has put up 111 points per game this season, which is right around their average of 106.9. Desmond Bane is the team’s leading scorer, coming into today’s game averaging 24.5 points. Jaren Jackson Jr. is also putting up 20.8 PPG.
Coming into the game, the Grizzlies defense has held opposing team’s to fewer points than the league average in 44.1% of their games. Currently, they are 13th in the NBA at 113.4 points per game allowed. Opponents are hitting 51.8% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 38.9% of their three-point attempts.
Is a Home Win Possible for the Lakers?
Heading into today’s game vs. the Grizzlies, the Lakers find themselves 3 games below .500 in 10th place in the West. Los Angeles will also be looking to snap a 3-game losing streak.
When playing at home this season, the Lakers have put together an 11-5 record, but they have not been able to cover the spread in each of their last two home games. On the season, they have an average scoring differential of +6.8 points per contest at home.
Los Angeles has been the favorite in 21 of their 35 games and have gone 14-7 straight up in those games. However, they have only covered the spread in 9 of the 21 games as the favorite.
So far, the Lakers’ games have finished with fewer than 227.5 points in regulation 15 times this season, and their average over/under line for the season is 229.3. Today’s over/under line of 227.5 points is just below their season-long over/under record of 18-17.
Compared to their season average of 113.7 points per game, the Lakers struggled offensively. They shot 42.2% from the field and scored just 96 points against the Heat. Leading the way for the Lakers was Anthony Davis with 29 points. Austin Reaves also chipped in 24 points.
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. Los Angeles’ defense is currently forcing 13.6 turnovers per game, which is 21st in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 10th in blocked shots, with an average of 5.6 rejections per game.