Los Angeles Lakers vs Memphis Grizzlies Predictions, Expert NBA Pick 2/29/2020
Game: Los Angeles Lakers vs Memphis Grizzlies
Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020
Location: FedExForum in Memphis, TN
TV: Fox Sports Southeast - Memphis
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles -6.5
Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies (28-30, 3rd in the Southwest Division) play the Los Angeles Lakers (45-12, 1st in the Pacific Division) at FedExForum on Saturday, February 29, 2020. The spread on this game has Los Angeles as 6.5 point favorites. The over/under has been set at 228.
The Lakers cover the spread 55.4% of the time, having gone 31-25-1 ATS. Memphis is covering 52.6% of the time, going 30-27-1 against the spread.
Key Los Angeles Lakers Injuries
10/19/19 C DeMarcus Cousins Knee is out for season
02/27/20 SF LeBron James Groin is questionable Saturday vs Memphis
Key Memphis Grizzlies Injuries
02/25/20 PF Brandon Clarke Hip is out 2-3 weeks
02/23/20 F Jaren Jackson Jr. Knee is out 2-3 weeks
01/27/20 SG Grayson Allen Hip is out indefinitely
01/13/20 SF Justise Winslow Back is out indefinitely
Anthony Davis comes into this contest averaging 26.6 points per game while playing 34.5 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 9.4 rebounds per game and dishes out 3.2 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 51% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 84%. Kyle Kuzma averages 12.6 points per game in 24.5 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.3 assists per contest and 4.3 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 44% for the year while his free throw percentage is 73%.
Ja Morant averages 17.5 points per game while playing 29.8 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 3.4 rebounds per game and has 6.8 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 49% and his free throw percentage is at 78%. Jonas Valanciunas averages 14.5 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 25.8 minutes per contest. He also averages 10.5 rebounds per contest and 1.8 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 58% and his free throw percentage is 72%.
Useful Team Statistics
Los Angeles averages 114.8 points per contest this season, which ranks them 7th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 7.8 and their shooting percentage is 49% as a team, which has them ranked 1st. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 15th in the league. They average 46.3 rebounds per game and 26.2 assists per game, which ranks them 6th and 6th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 9th with 15.2 per game. The Lakers allow 107.0 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 6th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc, ranking them 7th and 11th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 41.7 rebounds a game which ranks 1st and they give up 23.4 assists per contest, which puts them in 7th place in the league. They force 15.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 25th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Memphis is 13th in the league with 112.8 points per game this year. They are 7th in the league in shooting at 47%, while their average scoring margin is -2.6. They shoot 35% from 3-point range, which is good for 21st in the NBA. They are 8th in the league in rebounding with 46.0 boards per game, and 1st in assists per contest with 27.1. The Grizzlies are 8th in turnovers per game with 15.2. The Grizzlies surrender 115.3 points per contest, which ranks them 26th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 46% shooting percentage and a 37% average from 3-point range, ranking them 15th and 27th in those defensive statistics. They rank 22nd with 24.9 assists allowed per contest and 14th with 45.0 rebounds surrendered per game. The Grizzlies are 18th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 14.7 per game.
The Lakers are 5th in the league in defensive rating with 105.7, and their offensive rating of 113.4 is ranked 3rd. They are 11th in the NBA in pace with 100.9 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 55% is 2nd. As a unit they are 7th in the league in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shot attempts, ranking 23rd in the NBA. Los Angeles is 11th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.3 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.9 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 51%, which is 25th in the NBA.
Memphis is 12th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.2 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.6 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 53%, which is 15th in the NBA. The Grizzlies are 20th in the league in defensive rating with 111.6, and their offensive rating of 109.1 is ranked 19th. They are 5th in the NBA in pace with 103.2 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 12th. As a unit they are 18th in the league in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 34% of their shot attempts, ranking 27th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Lakers/Grizzlies NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Los Angeles -6.5
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