Memphis Grizzlies vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds and Prediction
The Lakers will face the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedExForum Arena on Thursday. These two teams met during the first week of the season, the Lakers got past the Grizzlies with a 121-118 victory. The Lakers are coming off a commanding and much-needed win at home against the Celtics, on the other hand, the Grizzlies will be without their star guard Ja Morant.
The Grizzlies without Ja Morant much to the surprise of everybody have won 5 in a row without trailing in any of the games. Grizzlies have been rolling in the last five games, it will be a good contest between the young stars of Memphis and superstar veterans of the Lakers.
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Memphis Grizzlies vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds and Prediction: Game Preview
Los Angeles Lakers:
The Lakers are not off to the start that they would have expected. They are 13-12 and are currently 6th in the West. Lebron James has missed a lot of games for the Lakers. Russell Westbrook is still trying to fit into the Lakers system. Kendrick Nunn and Trevor Ariza are yet to play this season for the Lakers.
The million-dollar question would be, if healthy can the Lakers get back to winning ways? If healthy and if they play enough together then the Lakers really have the potential to be the best team in the league. The Lakers showed glimpses of their potential against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday at Staples. This team has championship aspirations, and they certainly have the potential to do so.
What has been the Lakers’ problem? Turnovers are the answer. The Lakers turned the ball over 15.8 times a game this season, the third-most in the league.
To make matters worse they turned the ball over 1.3 times in the clutch moments, which is 5th most in the league. All these turnovers led them to give away 17 opponents’ points off turnovers per game. So, the lakers should focus on taking care of the ball down the line.
The Grizzlies were off to an inconsistent start to the season. They were 9-10 when they lost Ja Morant as he sprained his left knee. The Memphis Grizzlies in the last five games without Ja Morant has won all five games without trailing in any of the games.
During this 5-game winning streak, the Grizzlies created history when they defeated the Thunder by 73 points, the biggest winning margin in the NBA history.
In the last five games without Ja Morant, the Grizzlies have shown their squad strength. They have had six different players averaging double figures in this five-game stretch. In the last five games, the Grizzlies are ranked 6th in offensive ratings with a 116.2 offensive rating. They rank number 1 in defensive rating, with a 90.9 defensive rating in the last five games.
This shows the strength of their squad how different players can contribute at an elite level on a given night. This team when 100 percent healthy can make a deep playoff push.
Memphis Grizzlies vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds and Prediction: Key Players
Los Angeles Laker:
Lebron James: Lebron James in his 19th season, he is still playing like the best player in basketball. But Lebron James unlike his early seasons he is facing some injury issues in this phase of his career.
Lebron James missed two games due to sprained ankle, nine games due to an abdominal strain, and one game due to health and safety protocols. He currently averaging 25.9 PPG (team-high), 5.5 RPG, 6.6 APG, and 1.7 SPG (team-high).
Anthony Davis: Anthony has had a solid season so far, he has been criticized for not being aggressive and not playing like an alpha, apart from that he has also struggled a lot shooting the ball. He is shooting at 18.8% from three and 72.2% from the foul line.
Barring all the struggles Anthony Davis has been putting up solid numbers. He is averaging 24.1 PPG, 10.3 RPG (team-high), 1.3 SPG, and 2.2 BPG (team-high).
Jaren Jackson Jr.: He has certainly stepped up in the absence of Ja Morant. Jaren Jackson Jr. has been averaging 15.8 PPG, 5.5 RPG, and 2.0 BPG in the season so far, but he is averaging 19.2 PPG, 5.2 RPG, and 2.2 BPG in the last five games without Ja Morant.
Desmond Banes: Banes has been a find for the Grizzlies this season. In the absence of Ja Morant, he is averaging 18.6 PPG and he has been shooting 50.7% from the field and 50% from three. Banes led the Grizzlies against the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat with 29 points and 21 points respectively.
Memphis Grizzlies vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds and Prediction: Injury Report
|Kyle Anderson||Doubtful||Sore Back|
|Zaire Williams||Doubtful||Left Ankle Sprain|
|Ja Morant||Out||Left knee Sprain|
|Brandon Clarke||Out||Sore right knee|
|Sam Merrill||Out||Left Ankle Sprain|
Los Angeles Lakers:
|Carmelo Anthony||Questionable||Non- Covid related illness|
|Trevor Ariza||Out||Right Ankle Injury|
|Kendrick Nunn||Out (will not return until 2022)||Right Knee Bone Bruise.|
Memphis Grizzlies vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds and Prediction: Predicted Starting Five
|Los Angeles Lakers||Milwaukee Bucks|
|Russell Westbrook (PG)||Tyus Jones (PG)|
|Avery Bradley (SG)||Desmond Banes (SG)|
|Talen Horton- Tucker (SF)||Dillon Brooks (SF)|
|Lebron James (PF)||Jaren Jackson Jr. (PF)|
|Anthony Davis (C)||Steven Adams (C)|
Memphis Grizzlies vs Los Angeles Lakers Predicted Winner
|Memphis Grizzlies||Los Angeles Lakers||Predicted Winner|
The Memphis Grizzlies will be on the end of back-to-back games against the Lakers as they will be facing the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday. The Grizzlies are on a roll right now. They have rolled past all the teams that they have faced in the last five games.
They will be looking to continue the same against the Lakers. The Lakers on the other are coming off a great win against the Celtics, they will be looking to build on this momentum and use the Memphis Grizzlies schedule as they will on the end of back-to-back games and the absence of Ja Morant to their advantage to get a win on the road.
The Grizzlies are on a winning streak, and they will be playing in their home so this will give them a slight edge over the Lakers on Thursday.
Memphis Grizzlies vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds and Prediction: Match Details
Memphis Grizzlies vs Los Angeles Lakers
Date and Time: Thursday, December 9, 8 PM ET
Venue: FedExForum Arena
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