Los Angeles Lakers vs. Memphis Grizzlies
The Los Angeles Lakers look for their fourth straight win over the Memphis Grizzlies when the two collide tonight. The Lakers are -7 point favorites over the Grizzlies with an over/under point total set at 193.
The losses keep on piling up for a Grizzlies team that has now lost six of eight following an 11-2 stretch and are starting to slide down the Western Conference standings. Memphis was competitive in their opening two road games at Sacramento and Portland, however the same can’t be said for last night’s effort against the Clippers as they fell behind 33-17 in the first quarter and never recovered, eventually falling 101-85. Meanwhile, the Lakers secured their second straight win and seventh in their last nine games after defeating the visiting Portland Trail Blazers 103-96 on Friday night.
The Lakers have won both meetings against the Grizzlies this season, including a 116-111 overtime thriller in Memphis less than two weeks ago. With Zach Randolph and Rudy Gay out of the lineup, Memphis was in a good position to even the season series with the Lakers as they led by as many as 17 points at one stage. However, Los Angeles would turn things up in the final quarter, outscoring Memphis 26-17 to force over, where they would eventually pull away.
Head to head, the Grizzlies are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles, while the home team is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings. The Lakers are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record, but just 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Grizzlies on the other hand are 22-4 ATS in their last 26 games playing on 0 days rest, but just 2-10 ATS in their last 12 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
As bad as the Grizzlies have been lately, the Lakers are reverting back to their old ways at home, failing to cover in any of their last four at Staples Center. Los Angeles has now played close games against Boston, Minnesota, Utah and Portland, teams who tend to struggle away from home. I have to think that the Grizzles are far better than they have been playing and although it might seem like a stretch, I think they make a game of this.
Memphis Grizzlies +7 Los Angeles Lakers