Los Angeles Lakers vs Memphis Grizzlies betting tips and predictions for Thursday’s clash in the NBA. LA will try to follow up their home win over Boston with yet another triumph, but this time on the road as they travel to Memphis to take on the Grizzlies. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James is showing no signs of slowing down, he once again had a 30-point night on very efficient shooting to lead the Lakers to a convincing 117-102 victory at home vs Boston. The king got a bit of help from Russell Westbrook who chipped in with 24 points and 11 assists, while Anthony Davis had 17 and 16 boards. With 3 wins in their last 4 games, this could be a start of something special as LA tries to climb up the standings in the Western Conference. Right now they are 6th which would put them in the play-in tournament, that is something they would like to avoid I’m sure. Against the Grizzlies they’ve done really well in recent meetings beating them 7 times in the last 10 head-to-head. Both LeBron and AD are again listed on the injury report, but they should suit up for this one most likely.
The honeymoon period is over for the Memphis Grizzlies who finally dropped their first game without their superstar Ja Morant in the line-up. The Dallas Mavericks beat them 104-96 last night, prior to that game the Grizzlies went on a 5-game winning streak and never trailed in those 5 games becoming the first team to do that in 14 years. They are back to reality now, Jaren Jackson Jr. showed up and dropped 26 last night, but without their leader and superstar point-guard it’s going to get tough. In the first meeting of the season against the Lakers, which the Grizzlies lost 121-118, Morant had 40 points just to keep his team in the game.
LA comes in to this one as the favorites, in that role this season they are 9-6 SU. They are also on a 7-game win streak against Southwest division opponents and have beaten the Grizzlies 7 times in the last 8 meetings. I’m expecting them to continue this run tonight as the big 3 is healthy and Memphis is finally showing some weakness without Morant. LA to cover.
Memphis Grizzlies – Los Angeles Lakers Predictions & Odds
Lakers -3 Point Spread is available at -110 odds on bet365
I am a bit shocked the line has been set at 222.5 points here as only 2 of the last 10 meetings have gone over the total. Sure, the first meeting of the season produced 239 points, but the situation has changed now and the Grizzlies are without Morant who had 40 in that game. Without him in the line-up they’ve managed to score over 100 points just 3 times in the last 6 games. Last night against Dallas they managed just 96 and although the Lakers aren’t really elite on the defensive end, they have shown improvements lately. They’ve held their last 3 opponents to just 104.3 per game, which is almost a 10-point improvement compared to their season average. The last 10 meetings between the two sides have produced just 211.1 points per game and the 3 most recent ones have averaged 215 per game. I think this game could end somewhere in that range, so let’s back the under here.
Under 222.5 Total Points is available at -110 odds on bet365