A couple of nights ago, the Memphis Grizzlies had a very impressive offensive performance on their home floor. Of course, that is the kind of thing that happens a lot when you face the Los Angeles Lakers. Now these team travel back across the country for a rematch at the Staples Center, which is slated to begin at 10:35 PM ET. BetAnySports customers do not have to stop wagering after the opening tip, as they can make their NBA picks in real time as the game is in progress, courtesy of the software provided through Live Betting Extra.
In that Wednesday game at the FedEx Forum, Memphis shot 56.5% in a 128-119 victory. Matt Barnes, the former Laker, had 25 points. The Lakers had some punch too, as they hit 17 shots from beyond the three-point arc. And rookie D’Angelo Russell, who has been maligned by some, had a big game with 22 points and eight assists. Memphis has now won seven of the last eight meetings between these clubs.
Here’s what is interesting – the Lakers and Grizzles combined for thirty triples two nights ago, but in none of the previous five encounters had either team reached double digits in that category.
Memphis is 33-23 straight-up (27-27-2 ATS), holding the fifth position in the Western Conference playoff queue, 3.5 games behind the Los Angeles Clippers. The Lakers are at 11-48, which is the second-worst record in the NBA (they are also 28-30-1 against the basketball pointspread). They have lost 21 of their last 24 games in this, Kobe Bryant’s farewell season.
In the reduced juice NBA betting odds that have been posted on this game by the people at BetAnySports, the Grizzlies, as expected, lay points on the road:
With Marc Gasol out for Memphis, it’s a bit of a different ball game in that the Grizzlies have to do a little more than just work the ball down low to Gasol and Zach Randolph. And Memphis certainly becomes less capable on the stop end without the former NBA Defensive Player of the Year. So this is an adjustment, insofar as the broken foot keeps him out for the rest of the season.
The Grizzlies have responded offensively of late, stepping up the pace and scoring an average of 105.6 points over their last sixteen contests.
Seriously, any team that is finding the range is going to be a difficult thing for the Lakers to deal with. BetAnySports patrons saw that on Wednesday, and the “weak sister” in L.A. has been positively sieve-like in its last five games, yielding 54% from the field, allowing each of those five opponents to hit more than half their shots.
It is perhaps understandable that Memphis has been trending strongly, and on an extended basis, no less, in the “totals” category, going “over” in 15 of their last 18 games.
So what kind of effect will Kobe have in this game? Well, the all-time great has had his moments this season, but not in these last two games, as he has hit just eight of his 26 attempts from the field.
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