Free NBA Pick: Lakers vs Grizzlies NBA Odds
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Date: Saturday December 8
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tennessee
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Grizzlies -1.5
NBA Betting Total: 210½
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These are two of the biggest surprise teams in the league this season, thought they couldn’t be doing it more differently I suppose.
Memphis is healthy and plays slow while L.A. brought in the biggest star they could find to show the team how to win.
Los Angeles Lakers
The most obvious NBA move of the last 15 years is that if you want to change your fortunes quickly you bring in LeBron James. The star of stars basically does not accept losing and by the way is playing as well as he ever had and playing more too.
James is coming off a monster 42 point effort earlier in the week. He is scoring very well but also leading the team in rebounding, assists and steals. Kyle Kuzma has been able to still be a steady point getter but it is hard to see how the others fit in.
Brandon Ingram is still finding his way in the league but is out for this one with an ankle injury. This is where the acquisitions of guys like Lance Stephenson and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope are going to be even more critical. Josh Hart too.
Probably the greatest beneficiary of James’ presence is Lonzo Ball. I think he will help him develop on the court but James also commands so much attention off it and that the much maligned guard can just focus on his game. We are not hearing much about his dad these days.
L.A. definitely looks relevant again and that is good for the league. That might sound cliche but it doesn’t mean that it isn’t also true.
Memphis is having nearly just as much success as L.A. but they didn’t have to do much other than have their best players healthy and recommit to an old school slower style of play. It is definitely the opposite of Showtime but right now it is getting results.
This is a tough spot for the Grizzlies as they are on the road at New Orleans the night before (L.A. plays at San Antonio). The key will be setting the tempo they want which is much easier at home and probably easier versus tired Lakers legs.
Jaren Jackson has been a really good addition for the Grizzlies. The rookie has been better than I expected and even though he might not be ready to truly be that third scoring option after Mike Conley and Marc Gasol, you can see how he could be in the near future.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 8-2 in LAL last 10 vs. Western Conference.
- Under is 15-5-1 in LAL last 21 overall.
- Under is 12-4-1 in LAL last 17 Sat. games.
- MEM are 11-3 ATS in their last 14 home games.
- Under is 7-3 in MEM last 10 vs. NBA Pacific.
- Under is 7-3 in MEM last 10 vs. Western Conference.
Free Los Angeles Lakers vs. Memphis Grizzlies NBA Prediction:
With the game in Memphis the Grizzlies have to be favourite but maybe not by a lot.
I thought the Lakers would be good in underdog roles but the numbers do not bear that out, just 2-3 SUATS.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: WAY UNDER 210½
I do like LA in this spot but I think no matter who wins this game stay low so the under is probably the way to go.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Lakers 93 – Grizzlies 90
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