Lakers vs. Grizzlies Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for NBA Playoffs Game 3 (Memphis' Road Struggles Catch Up to Them)
By Larry Rupp
The 2022-23 NBA Playoffs continue on Friday with Game 3 of the first round series between the Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Lakers.
Lakers vs. Grizzlies Game Info
- Date: Saturday, April 22, 2023
- Time: 10:00 PM ET
- Venue: Crypto.com Arena -- Los Angeles, California
- Coverage: ESPN, SportsNet LA, and BSSE
Each of the first two games in this series were hard-fought battles. The Lakers emerged victorious by a final score of 128-112 in Game 1 thanks Rui Hachimura's 29 points and the Grizzlies came out on top by a score of 103-93 in Game 2 behind Xavier Tillman's standout night (22 points & 13 rebounds).
Lakers vs. Grizzlies Odds & Spread
- All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
- Moneyline: LAL: (-205) | MEM: (+172)
- Spread: LAL: -4.5 (-112) | MEM: -5 (-108)
- Total: 220 -- Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)
The Lakers enter this contest as moderate home favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 10 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 220 points, with each side available at -110 odds.
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Lakers vs. Grizzlies Betting Trends
- The Lakers won 36 games against the spread last season, while failing to cover 46 times.
- Against the spread, as underdogs of 4.5 points or greater, the Grizzlies went 7-4-1 last year.
- Lakers games hit the over 47 out of 82 times last season.
- Last season, 42 of the Grizzlies' 82 games hit the over.
Lakers vs. Grizzlies Prediction & Pick
It's worth noting right off the bat that Memphis star Ja Morant did not play in Game 2 due to a soft tissue bruise and his status for Saturday remains up in the air. The Grizzlies cannot afford to have him sidelined for long considering they posted a 2-9 road record without Morant in the regular season.
Memphis is also just 5-15 straight up in its last 20 road games overall, so it hasn't been good. That bodes well for the Lakers' chances of grabbing a valuable 2-1 series lead on Saturday. LA has won six of its last seven home games against Memphis and six of its last seven home games overall as well.
Rebounding proved crucial in the first two games of this series as the team that won the rebounding battle ultimately won the game. LA notably averages the seventh-most total rebounds per home game in the NBA (54.1), while Memphis allows the fourth-most rebounds per away game (54.2).
Final Score Prediction: Lakers: 118 | Grizzlies: 105
Lakers vs. Grizzlies Best Bet
These teams met head-to-head twice inside Crypto.com Arena in the regular season and the Lakers came out on top by at least 9 points in each game. In fact, four of the last seven games between the Lakers and Grizzlies played in LA have resulted in wins by a double-digit margin for the home team.
Even if this game stays close early, the Lakers have a great chance to assert their dominance late. LA ranks third in average fourth quarter scoring margin at home (+2.7), while the Grizzlies rank 29th in average fourth quarter scoring margin on the road (-3.1). This bet is worth a shot for a solid payout.
Bet: Win Margin - Los Angeles Lakers 11+ (+220)
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