Game Time: 8:00 pm ET, Thursday, December 9, 2021
Venue: FedExForum, Memphis, TN
Where to Watch: BSSE
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Point Spread: Lakers -3, Grizzlies +3; Over/Under: 222.5 points
Bet365: Point Spread: Lakers -3, Grizzlies +3; Over/Under: 222.5 points
BetMGM: Point Spread: Lakers -2.5, Grizzlies +2.5; Over/Under: 222.5 points
Los Angeles Lakers: 13-12 (4th place, Pacific Division)
Memphis Grizzlies: 14-10 (1st place, Southwest Division)
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Los Angeles Lakers vs Memphis Grizzlies Preview and Analysis
Los Angeles Lakers: 5-5 last 10
Memphis Grizzlies: 7-3 last 10
Los Angeles Lakers Analysis
The Lakers are coming into this game with a 13-12 record overall and they are 4-5 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. They have won 3 of their last 4 games and are coming into this one off of a win in their last game. Their last loss was against the Los Angeles Clippers while their 3 wins in that span came against the Detroit Pistons, the Sacramento Kings, and the Boston Celtics in their last game. LeBron James went off in that game as he led the team in points with 30 while Russell Westbrook was next on the team with 24 points. Westbrook led the team in assists in that game with 11 while Anthony Davis led the team in rebounds with 16. They were 51.6% from the field, 29.6% from 3-point range, and 76.5% from the free throw line with their shooting in that game. Their offense is averaging 111.9 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 113 PPG against them. The Lakers have an ATS record of 9-16 this season and their O/U record is 15-10.
Memphis Grizzlies Analysis
The Grizzlies are coming into this game with a 14-10 record overall and they are 8-5 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. Their last loss was against the Atlanta Hawks but they have gone on a 5 game winning streak since then with wins coming against the Sacramento Kings, the Toronto Raptors, the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Dallas Mavericks, and the Miami Heat in their last game. They still have another game against the Mavericks that needs to be played on Wednesday night with that result pending so this will be the 2nd leg of a back-to-back for them on Thursday night. In their game against the Heat, Dillon Brooks and Desmond Bane both led the team in points in that game with 21 while Steven Adams was next on the team with 17 points. Brooks also led the team in assists in that game with 8 while Adams led the team in rebounds with 16. They were 42.7 % from the field, 39.4% from 3-point range, and 76.2% from the free throw line with their shots in that game. Their offense is averaging 111 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 110.9 PPG against them. The Grizzlies have an ATS record of 15-9 this season and their O/U record is 13-11.
Lakers vs Grizzlies Prediction
The Grizzlies are coming into this game as a 2.5 point underdog with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. The Grizzlies have been missing some important players in their lineup in their last few games but they have still been playing well in those games and finding ways to win games. The Lakers have also been playing well in recent games but they have been a very inconsistent team this season and they have a losing record on the road this season. The Grizzlies have been playing well and are at home with the fans backing them, the bench players should be able to step in this game like they have been in recent ones and get them a win here. The best bet to place here is on the Grizzlies to cover the spread here and win this game straight up on the moneyline.
Lakers Grizzlies Prediction: Our NBA Pick for Thursday, December 9, 2021 (8:00 pm ET start time) is Grizzlies 104 Lakers 101.
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NBA Betting Trends
Los Angeles Lakers: 9-16 ATS in all games. 5-13 ATS as a favorite. 9-16 ATS in the first half of the season. 0-6 ATS after having won 3 of their last 4 games. 1-5 ATS after having won 4 or 5 of their last 6 games. 9-21 ATS off a home win by 10 points or more. 21-32 ATS off a home win. 1-7 ATS after a game where they covered the spread.
Memphis Grizzlies: 15-9 ATS in all games. 9-4 ATS as an underdog. 17-10 ATS as a home underdog of 6 points or less. 5-1 ATS against Pacific division opponents. 6-2 ATS revenging a loss vs opponent. 6-2 ATS revenging a loss where opponent scored 100 or more points.
Los Angeles Lakers: T. Ariza (SF) Mid Dec - Ankle injury. K. Nunn (PG) Out indefinitely - Ankle injury.
Memphis Grizzlies: K. Anderson (SF) Doub Wed - Back injury. B. Clarke (PF) Out Wed - Knee injury. Z. Williams (SF) Out Wed - Knee injury. J. Morant (PG) Out indefinitely - Knee injury. S. Merrill (PG) Mid Dec - Ankle injury.
"As a player like myself, you want to make sure you approach all games the same while also understanding the significance of this particular game. That makes it a good win for us." - Russell Westbrook on their win against the Celtics on Tuesday night.
"Guys are buying in, guys are wanting to take that next step of being a great team and getting ready for what's ahead. We are so unselfish. We respond with relentlessness that a lot of teams don't have." - Dillon Brooks on their win against the Heat on Monday night.
Los Angeles Lakers
PG Russell Westbrook
SG Avery Bradley
SF LeBron James
PF Anthony Davis
C DeAndre Jordan
PG Tyus Jones
SG Desmond Bane
SF Dillon Brooks
PF Jaren Jackson Jr.
C Steven Adams
Los Angeles Lakers
PPG: L. James (25.9)
APG: R. Westbrook (8.7)
Reb/G: A. Davis (10.3)
PPG: J. Morant (24.1)
APG: J. Morant (6.8)
Reb/G: S. Adams (8.5)
Los Angeles Lakers: Frank Vogel (3rd season)
Memphis Grizzlies: Taylor Jenkins (3rd season)