NBA Game Preview: Memphis Grizzlies at Los Angeles Lakers

Jan 20, 2023

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Game: Memphis Grizzlies @ Los Angeles Lakers

Time: 10:00 p.m.

Odds: Grizzlies -7.5, Lakers +7.5

Total: 243

The Memphis Grizzlies have won 11 straight games, tying a team record, and begin a five-game road trip against the Los Angeles Lakers tonight. After playing five of their last six games at home, the Grizzlies are coming off a win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday. With 16 seconds left, Steven Adams tipped in a Ja Morant miss to give his team the lead and seal the 115-114 victory.

For the Grizzlies, Desmond Bane scored 25 points, while Morant added 24. Along with his 13 points, Adams also pulled down 10 rebounds. During their winning streak, the Grizzlies have scored at least 115 points in each game. Memphis won 11 straight last season beginning in late December. The Grizzlies’ current streak started on December 29.

The Lakers appear to be in urgent need of some rest. Following a five-game winning streak to begin the New Year, Los Angeles suffered three straight losses. Then, LeBron James’ 48 points helped the Lakers defeat the Houston Rockets 140-132 on Monday night to snap their losing streak.

Los Angeles appeared to run out of steam against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday with 1:10 left in the game and the score tied at 108-all. James scored 32 points but shot only 1-for-7 in the fourth quarter. The Lakers were outscored 8-3 in the final 1:10 and lost to the Kings 116-111.

Over his last eight games, the 38-year-old James has averaged 40.0 points. He currently has 38,104 career points, 283 fewer than NBA scoring leader Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The Lakers have lost four out of five games despite James’ efforts. Fellow star Anthony Davis remains out with a stress injury to his right foot. The last three Lakers’ losses have all been by a combined 10 points.

Along with Davis, Lonnie Walker IV has missed 10 games due to tendinitis in his left knee, while Austin Reaves has missed seven games due to a strained left hamstring. Both Walker and Reaves are listed as out for tonight’s game.

Memphis has been winning but not covering as of late. The Grizzlies are 2-4 ATS in their last six games. They are 4-2 ATS against the Lakers in the last six head-to-head meetings. The Lakers are just the opposite. They are 1-4 SU in their last five games, but LA is 7-2-1 ATS in its last ten. The Lakers are also 4-1 SU the last five times they have hosted the Grizzlies.

Memphis ranks fifth in the league in scoring (117.5 ppg) and the Over is 7-1 in the team’s last eight games. The Over is 8-3 in the last 11 games against the Lakers on the road. The total has gone Under in four of the Lakers’ last five games and six of nine at home. In the last 15 games overall against Memphis, the Under has cashed 12 times.

Tonight marks the first meeting of the season between the two teams. They will play in Memphis on Feb. 28 and once more in LA on March 7.

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