Lakers vs Grizzlies Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for NBA Playoffs Game 2 (LA's Depth Demoralizes Memphis)

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Memphis Grizzlies prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA playoffs Game 2.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Memphis Grizzlies prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA playoffs Game 2. / AP Photo/Brandon Dill

The 2022-23 NBA Playoffs continue on Wednesday, April 19, featuring Game 2 of the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Memphis Grizzlies series at 7:30 p.m. on TNT.

Lakers vs Grizzlies Game 1 Info

  • Series: LAL leads 1-0
  • Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2023
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Venue: FedExForum -- Memphis, Tennessee
  • Coverage: TNT

Despite the Grizzlies being the higher seed, it was all the underdog in Game 1 as the Lakers coasted to a 128-112 victory. Unlikely heroes Austin Reaves (23 points, 61.5% shooting) and Rui Hachimura (29 points, 78.6% shooting) led the charge while LeBron James and Anthony Davis each had double-doubles.

Can the Lakers prove that their Game 1 victory wasn't a fluke? Or will the Grizzlies show why they deserve to be the Western Conference's No. 2 seed?

Lakers vs Grizzlies Odds & Spread

  • All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
  • Moneyline: LAL: (+102) | MEM: (-120)
  • Spread: LAL: +1.5 (-110) | MEM: -1.5 (-110)
  • Total: 228.5 -- Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

The Grizzlies enter this contest as slim home favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 7:30 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 228.5 points with both sides available at -110 odds.

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Lakers vs Grizzlies Betting Trends

  • The Lakers are 10-5 straight up in their last 15 games against Memphis.
  • Memphis is 17-3 straight up in its last 20 games as the favorite.
  • The Lakers are 2-4 against the spread (ATS) in their last six games.
  • Memphis is 1-5 ATS in its last six games.
  • The total has hit the over in nine of the Lakers' last 10 games.
  • The total has hit the under in 15 of Memphis' last 19 games against the Lakers.

Lakers vs Grizzlies Prediction & Pick

The Lakers might be the No. 7 seed in the West, but they looked like contenders with a dominant Game 1 victory. The fact that Davis and James finished the game as the third- and fourth-highest scorers, respectively, shows just how deep the Lakers are.

The Grizzlies have depth too, but that won't matter if top player Ja Morant can't play. The talented guard exited Game 1 with a hand injury and while the X-ray results came back negative, Morant told reporters on Monday that his Game 2 status "is in jeopardy." For reference, Memphis is just 7-7 in the last 14 games he's missed.

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The Grizzlies will fight hard after their latest loss, but this is a Lakers team that's built for a deep playoff run. Los Angeles' star and depth players are coming alive at the right time and if the last game was any indication, Memphis isn't ready.

After dominating the Grizzlies on the scoreboard and on the glass (45-34) in Game 1, look for the Lakers to take the 2-0 series lead.

Final Score Prediction: Lakers: 124 | Grizzlies: 118

Lakers vs Grizzlies Best Bet

For Game 2's best bet, I'm going with the Lakers as +1.5 underdogs. The Grizzlies have struggled with the spread lately, going 1-5 ATS in their last six outings and 1-4 ATS against their last five Western Conference opponents. Meanwhile, the Lakers are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games against the Southwest Division and have covered in four of their last six meetings with Memphis.

With the Grizzlies likely being without Morant, I love the Lakers' shot an another upset.

Bet: Lakers +1.5 (-110)

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