Lakers vs Grizzlies Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for NBA Playoff Game (Memphis' Home Dominance Continues on Sunday)
By Larry Rupp
The 2022-23 NBA Playoffs continue on Sunday with a Western Conference showdown between the Los Angeles Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies.
Lakers vs. Grizzlies Game Info
- Date: Sunday, April 15, 2023
- Time: 3:00 p.m. ET
- Venue: FedEx Forum -- Memphis, TN
- Coverage: ABC
The Lakers finished the regular season as the No. 7 seed in the West with a 43-39 record, while the Grizzlies ended up as the No. 2 seed with a 51-31 record.
Lakers vs. Grizzlies Odds & Spread
- All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
- Moneyline: LAL: (+134) | MEM: (-158)
- Spread: LAL: +3.5 (-110) | MEM: -3.5 (-110)
- Total: 228.5 -- Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)
The Grizzlies enter this contest as small home favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 3 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 228.5 points, with both sides available at -110 odds.
Lakers vs. Grizzlies Betting Trends
- The Lakers are 1-4 against the spread (ATS) in their last five games.
- The total has hit the over in eight of the Lakers' last nine games.
- Memphis is 14-1 straight up in its last 15 home games.
- The total has hit the under in five of Memphis' last six games against the Lakers.
Lakers vs. Grizzlies Prediction & Pick
These teams met head-to-head three times during the regular season and it was the home team that emerged victorious in each matchup. Combine that with the fact that the Grizzlies are an impressive 35-6 at home this year and it's no wonder the Lakers enter Sunday afternoon as Game 1 underdogs.
Memphis simply dominates when playing at FedEx Forum as it ranks first in defensive efficiency, sixth in offensive efficiency and fifth in opponent turnovers per game (15.8). Keep in mind the Lakers rank outside the top 12 teams in all three of those statistical categories when playing on the road this year.
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This is going to be battle that is decided down low as both LA and Memphis rank among the top 10 teams in points in the paint per game. It's the Grizzlies that allow only 47.4 points in the paint per game (No. 5 in NBA), while the Lakers allow 52.6 (No. 22 in NBA), though. Trust the better defense.
Final Score Prediction: Lakers: 112 | Grizzlies: 116
Lakers vs. Grizzlies Best Bet
Memphis is one of the best teams in the NBA when it comes to stopping opponents from scoring around the rim. That gives LeBron James a chance to make an impact from deep given the Grizzlies have allowed a three-point shooting mark of 43.5% over their last three games (No. 29 in NBA).
James has drained at least a trio of three-pointers in each of his last five games overall and is tallying 8.6 shot attempts from beyond the arc per game during that span. The volume is there for a player that shot 37.5% from deep during his most recent playoff run. Trust James to show up on the road.
Bet: LeBron James Over 2.5 Made Threes (-130)
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