Game four of a Western Conference First Round series is set for Monday night when the Memphis Grizzlies visit the Los Angeles Lakers. This feels like a must win game for the second seed Grizzlies as going down 3-1 will be a tough hill to climb. Below is my NBA pick for the Grizzlies vs Lakers.
Memphis Grizzlies vs Los Angeles Lakers Betting Pick
The Pick: Los Angeles Lakers -4.5 at Bookmaker
This game will be played at crypto.com Arena at 10:00 p.m. on Monday, April 24, 2023.
Why Bet the Los Angeles Lakers:
✅ Los Angeles is hitting their stride at the right moment as they have won five of their last six games played.
✅ The Lakers have covered the spread in four of their last six meetings against the Grizzlies.
✅ Memphis has covered the spread in just two of their last eight games played.
Memphis Grizzlies are in Trouble
Memphis got Ja Morant back but that did not matter as they fell 111-101 in game three Saturday night. This game was over early as the Lakers won the first quarter 35-9 (!). The Grizzlies cut into the lead by winning the second quarter by 10 points, but it was still a 16-point deficit at the half.
Los Angeles rebounded nicely in the third quarter to extend the lead to 20 entering the final quarter before cruising in the fourth. A poor start for Grizzlies cost them this game three.
Ja Morant came back from injury and dropped 45 points, 13 assists, and nine rebounds in the loss. Desmond Bane added 18 points and five rebounds on the night.
The Los Angeles Lakers Can Take Control
Los Angeles will be happy with the game three win, but they were thoroughly beaten for the final three quarters of this game. They will have to pick up the intensity for all of game four if they want to take a 3-1 series lead back to Memphis.
Anthony Davis had a big night with 21 points, 17 rebounds and three blocks in the win. LeBron James added 25 points, nine rebounds and five assists on the night.