Los Angeles Lakers vs Memphis Grizzlies betting tips and predictions for Monday’s NBA Playoffs game on TNT. LeBron James and his Lakers hope to grab a commanding lead against the Grizzlies as the two teams square off in Game 4 with LA leading 2-1. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Los Angeles Lakers
What a start it was for the Lakers in Game 3 as they ran out to a 35-9 lead after the first 12 minutes of play. Memphis never recovered after that, LA’s biggest lead grew to 29 points. Anthony Davis finally showed up in the postseason with 31 points and 17 rebounds, while LeBron James also added 25 of his points and 9 rebounds.
Even with 7 threes made in Game 3 the Lakers were still able to win, that’s another encouraging factor for head coach Darvin Ham here. This series is far from over though, the Lakers have to win tonight to confirm their home court advantage which they stole in Game 1. In their last 8 home games they have 7 wins overall, plus against the Grizz they are also 7-1 SU in the last 8 games at crypto.com Arena, so they’ll be feeling good about themselves prior to tip-off here.
Memphis will be disappointed in the way they started Game 3, but it’s a good lesson to learn for this young team. The good news is they got Ja Morant back in the line-up, he erupted for 45 points and 13 assists, missing on a triple-double by just 1 rebound. Dillon Brooks was ejected just seconds into the 2nd half, but he has not been handed any further suspensions by the NBA so the Grizzlies will have him ready for this game.
With Brandon Clarke and Steven Adams already out, the last thing this team needs is one of it’s core rotation guys getting in trouble. This might very well be the game of the season for Memphis, not a lot of teams have come back from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA postseason. They’ve gone just 2-4 SU/ATS in their last 6 games vs the Lakers.
It’s hard to imagine the 2nd seed in the West starting slowly again in Game 4, I really believe the Grizzlies have a chance here. They managed to come back in Game 3 and lost by only 10 points after going down big early, Ja is back and playing at a high level. I’ll take my chances with the road team here.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Memphis Grizzlies Predictions & Odds
Only Game 1 of this series was a high scoring game, with the other two seeing a lot more action on the defensive end. Memphis will be smart to slow down the pace here, just like they did in the Game 2 victory. This team flourishes the most when they stick to their grit and grind style of play. The under has cashed in 13 of their last 20 games against Pacific Division teams, plus on the road this season they are 18-24 on the O/U.
The Lakers also fancy an under at crypto.com Arena with 18 of their 43 games so far cashing on that bet. The under has also landed in 8 of their last 11 vs Southwest Division teams, plus in 5 of the last 6 meetings with Memphis. With this being the most important game of this series so far I think both teams will take good care of the ball and control the tempo, back the under.