Memphis Grizzlies vs. Los Angeles Lakers Prediction, NBA Odds

Edgar Chaput | Updated Nov 14, 2023

The In-Season Tournament resumes activity on Tuesday night when the struggling Memphis Grizzlies visit the Los Angeles Lakers.

Memphis
20-36
AT
November 14, 2023, 10:30 PM ET
Staples Center
L.A. Lakers
30-27
Pointspread +6.5 -115
Moneyline +200
Over / Under o +225.5
Pointspread -6.5 -105
Moneyline -250
Over / Under u +225.5

The 105-105 victory earned by the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday afternoon against the Clippers was only their second of the season. If they have any hope of making it to the knockout stages of the tournament, they’ll have to carry some momentum into this Lakers match as they’re already 0-2. The Lakers played at home on Sunday night (after the Grizzlies-Clippers match) and found a way to win without LeBron James, handling the Trail Blazers 116-110. The purple and gold is 1-0 in tournament play.

Los Angeles is a -5.5 favourite, as per the NBA odds.

Grizzlies vs. Lakers NBA Betting Odds

The last time these franchises drew swords on the hardwood floor, things were very different. It was the first round of the 2023 NBA playoffs. The heavily favoured Grizzlies were led by Ja Morant and had Dillon Brooks as their bad-boy defender. The Lakers were on a Cinderella-type run that started a couple of months prior during the regular season. L.A. went on to upset Memphis 4-2, winning all three games at home.

The Grizzlies are not at all the same team. Brooks is long gone and Morant is a suspension grey zone. Furthermore, the team has been weak out of the gates, sporting a 2-8 record. Things aren’t much better ATS given the 3-7 tally. Expectations are tempered this season. Memphis has only been favoured in half of their matches and never by more than five points.

Los Angeles is a tricky bet at this early stage. At 5-5, unpredictability has been the name of the game. The Lakers haven’t been any better than the Grizzlies with the spread, also sporting a 3-7 record for their efforts. They’re only 2-5 when favoured thus far.

Memphis Grizzlies

The stout defensive side that earned the second seed in the Western Conference last year is no more. Even after the Clippers match, in which they limited the hosts to 101 points, Memphis is 18th in the NBA, awarding 114.1 points a tilt.

As such, it was refreshing to see them do a swell job locking down Paul George, Kawhi Leonard and James Harden, the latter who has struggled to fit in L.A. so far. The Clippers got almost nothing in the paint, scoring only 34 points in that area. It certainly wasn’t a perfect performance from the Grizzlies. The side takes the fifth-most three-point attempts in the NBA despite a shooting efficiency that’s only good for 24th. Desmond Bane continues to be the offensive leader and put in a solid 27-point afternoon. In some respects, the day belonged to big man Bismack Biyombo. His 13 points don’t stand out but he was an incredible plus 20 with 12 rebounds, four of them offensive. Jaren Jackson Jr. such a defensive force last season, struggled at minus three.

Los Angeles Lakers

Sunday night was a big night for the Lakers. Less so because they defeated the meandering Portland Trail Blazers 116-110 and more so because LeBron James was on the bench dressed in civilian attire.

Much had been written about how the few Lakers victories this season were earned because James and Anthony Davis went ballistic in the fourth quarter. L.A. didn’t have 50 per cent of those options against Portland. From a foul standpoint, the Lakers played an exceptionally clean game, committing only 11 transgressions. The Trail Blazers took no more than nine free throw shots, a puny number. As such, the visitors’ 50 per cent shooting from the field wasn’t enough to push them over the edge. Davis had a monster night with 30 points, 13 boards and six dimes. D’Angelo Russell doesn’t score all that much (11 points) but he’s turning into a very capable assist man (11). And his passes are pretty slick sometimes. Cam Reddish had his second consecutive strong outing, scoring 18.

LeBron James is still day-to-day.

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