Memphis Grizzlies vs Los Angeles Lakers Predictions, NBA Picks Tonight 2/21/2020
Game: Memphis Grizzlies vs Los Angeles Lakers
Date: Friday, February 21, 2020
Location: Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Spectrum SportsNet
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles -11.5
Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers (41-12, 1st in the Pacific Division) play the Memphis Grizzlies (28-26, 3rd in the Southwest Division) at Staples Center on Friday, February 21, 2020. The spread on this contest has Los Angeles as 11.5 point favorites. The O/U opens at 226.
The Grizzlies cover the spread 56.6% of the time, having gone 30-23-1 ATS. Los Angeles is covering the spread 53.8% of the time, going 28-24-1 against the spread.
Key Memphis Grizzlies Injuries
01/27/20 SG Grayson Allen Hip is out indefinitely
01/13/20 SF Justise Winslow Back is out indefinitely
Key Los Angeles Lakers Injuries
10/19/19 C DeMarcus Cousins Knee is out for season
Ja Morant comes into this contest averaging 17.6 points per game while playing 29.9 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 3.5 rebounds per game and dishes out 7.1 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 49% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 78%. Jonas Valanciunas averages 14.9 points per game in 26.0 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.9 assists per contest and 10.5 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 59% for the year while his free throw percentage is 72%.
Anthony Davis averages 26.6 points per game while playing 34.7 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 9.2 rebounds per game and has 3.3 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 52% and his free throw percentage is at 85%. LeBron James averages 25.0 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 34.9 minutes per contest. He also averages 7.8 rebounds per contest and 10.8 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 49% and his free throw percentage is 69%.
Useful Team Statistics
Memphis averages 113.0 points per contest this season, which ranks them 11th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -1.4 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team, which has them ranked 5th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 19th in the league. They average 45.8 rebounds per game and 27.4 assists per game, which ranks them 9th and 1st in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 9th with 15.1 per game. The Grizzlies allow 114.4 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 21st in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc, ranking them 11th and 24th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 45.2 rebounds a game which ranks 15th and they give up 24.9 assists per contest, which puts them in 22nd place in the league. They force 14.7 turnovers per game which ranks them 18th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Los Angeles is 7th in the league with 114.7 points per game this year. They are 1st in the league in shooting at 49%, while their average scoring margin is 7.4. They shoot 36% from 3-point range, which is good for 13th in the NBA. They are 7th in the league in rebounding with 46.2 boards per game, and 4th in assists per contest with 26.3. The Lakers are 8th in turnovers per game with 15.2. The Lakers surrender 107.3 points per contest, which ranks them 7th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 45% shooting percentage and a 35% average from 3-point range, ranking them 7th and 11th in those defensive statistics. They rank 7th with 23.2 assists allowed per contest and 1st with 41.6 rebounds surrendered per game. The Lakers are 22nd in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 15.4 per game.
The Grizzlies are 18th in the league in defensive rating with 110.8, and their offensive rating of 109.4 is ranked 16th. They are 5th in the NBA in pace with 103.1 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 10th. As a unit they are 16th in the league in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 34% of their shot attempts, ranking 26th in the NBA. Memphis is 13th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.1 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.6 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 52%, which is 16th in the NBA.
Los Angeles is 10th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.3 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.6 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 51%, which is 24th in the league. The Lakers are 3rd in the NBA in offensive rating with 113.6, and their defensive rating of 106.3 is ranked 4th. In terms of pace they are 12th in the league with 100.6 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 55% is 3rd. As a team they are 5th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shots, ranking 23rd in the league.
Who will win tonight's Grizzlies/Lakers NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Los Angeles -11.5
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