Lakers vs. Grizzlies Prediction: NBA Odds, Point Spread

Sports Interaction Staff | Updated Jan 04, 2021

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In the second game of a back-to-back, the injury-riddled Memphis Grizzlies face a Lakers team that terrorized them on Sunday.

L.A. Lakers
42-30
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January 05, 2021, 8:00 PM ET
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Memphis
38-34
Pointspread -10.5 -115
Moneyline -575
Over / Under o +218.5

78%

Betting Action

22%

Pointspread +10.5 -105
Moneyline +425
Over / Under u +218.5

78%

Betting Action

22%

Riding a three game win streak, the Lakers look like they have found their stride and started to build serious chemistry. Strategic off-season additions have provided L.A. with depth and given LeBron James more help than he has ever had in his career.

Memphis has struggled this season, but they’ve looked even more lost without Ja Morant. Morant hasn’t played since spraining his ankle in the Grizzlies’ overtime win in Brooklyn and Memphis has dropped two of the three games he missed.

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

L.A. steamrolled over the Grizzlies last year, winning three of four meetings, but the over hasn’t hit in the last nine games between these teams, while both teams have missed the over in their last three games. The Lakers have only hit the over twice, this year, missing it in all three road games and they are 4-3 ATS for the season.

The Grizzlies have struggled in Memphis, and are still looking for their first win on their home court. They have hit the over twice this year and are 2-4 ATS.

Los Angeles Lakers

In a testament to L.A.’s deep bench, the Lakers had six players hit double-digit points in the 108-94 win in Memphis on Sunday. LeBron James had a game-high 22 points and also put up 13 rebounds and eight assists, while Anthony Davis finished with 17 points and nine rebounds. The most telling stat of the night, however, was the fourth quarter scoring. James seemed to ramp up the offence, scoring the first 10 points of the quarter and ultimately helping L.A. outscore the Grizzlies 31-19 in the final frame.

The difference between this Lakers team and last year’s championship Lakers team is the added depth. Through seven games, first year Laker Dennis Schroder is averaging 16.3 points and 4.9 assists, while former Clipper Montrezl Harrell is averaging 12.9 points and 7.6 rebounds off the bench for L.A. Starting in place of an injured Kentavious Caldwell-Pope on Sunday, Kyle Kuzma dropped 11 points. With James’ and Davis’ rest a priority this season, Kuzman will likely be relied on more heavily and see more starts for this deep Lakers team.

Memphis Grizzlies

In the absence of Ja Morant, Memphis relied on Kyle Anderson to fill the void. Anderson led the team with 18 points on Sunday, while Jonas Valanciunas had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Tyus Jones also put up 14 points. Morant, the reigning rookie of the year, is expected to be out until early February, which doesn’t help a team that is already ranked 23rd in point differential.

It seems like Memphis is in a desperate situation, but there were positives on Sunday. The Grizzlies put up 36 points on the Lakers in the first quarter and they only trailed by two heading into the fourth quarter. Even without their star player, Memphis still had four players contribute with double-digit points. This is a team that has potential to surprise people; they just need to find a way to stop the bleeding until Morant comes back.

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