Los Angeles Lakers vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction, 1/3/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Lakers vs Memphis Grizzlies
Date: Sunday, January 3, 2021
Location: FedExForum in Memphis, TN
TV: Fox Sports Southeast
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (-11)
The Los Angeles Lakers (4-2) go to FedExForum on Sunday where they'll meet the Memphis Grizzlies (2-3). The line on this matchup has Los Angeles as 11-point favorites. The total has been set at 225.5.
The Los Angeles Lakers took the court against the San Antonio Spurs and walked away with a win by a score of 109-103 in their last game. Los Angeles wrapped up the game with a 40.6% FG percentage (41 out of 101) and buried 14 out of their 33 shots from beyond the perimeter. At the free throw line, the Lakers buried 13 of 16 tries for a rate of 81.3%. Pertaining to pulling down rebounds, they compiled 58 with 16 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 27 dimes in the game while earning 8 steals and 7 blocked shots. When talking about defense, Los Angeles allowed their opponent to shoot 42.4% from the floor on 36 of 85 shooting. San Antonio distributed 23 assists and had 3 steals in this game. Moreover, the Spurs grabbed 45 boards (8 offensive, 37 defensive) and added 8 blocked shots. San Antonio finished 69.2% at the free throw line by burying 18 of their 26 tries. They converted 13 of their 34 attempts from 3-point land.
Anthony Davis is a player who played a role for this game. He was able to score 34 points on 13 out of 26 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 35:03 mins and also pulled down 11 rebounds. Davis finished the game shooting 50.0% from the field and also dished out 5 dimes. One more player that had an impact in the game for the Lakers was LeBron James. He had 11 rebounds and also had 10 dimes. He finished the contest at 36.4% from the field for this contest by shooting 8-of-22 (26 points). When the game finished, James played for 35:41 min.
Los Angeles will enter this matchup with a mark of 4-2 this season. The Lakers are connecting on 41.8% on shots from beyond the arc (79 of 189) and 77.2% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 118.5 pts per contest (4th in basketball) while shooting 50.2% from the field. They are losing possession via turnover 16.3 times per contest and as a team are committing 20.0 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Los Angeles is pulling down 48.3 boards per contest and has tallied 159 dimes on the season, which has them ranked 2nd in the NBA in terms of passing. When they are on defense, the Lakers are able to force 12.8 turnovers every game and they draw 21.5 personal fouls. They are 26th in the NBA in giving up assists to the opposition with 141 relinquished so far this season. The Lakers defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 44.6% (77 of 129) and they surrender 40.7 boards per game as a team. They are conceding 34.1% on 3-pointers while they are 9th in the league in PPG allowed (107.8).
The last time they took the court, the Memphis Grizzlies went home victorious with a score of 108-93 when they played the Charlotte Hornets. The Grizzlies pulled down 38 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 48 in this game. They also stuffed 6 attempts while earning 10 steals for this game. The Hornets were called for 15 fouls in this game which took the Grizzlies to the charity stripe for 10 tries. They were able to make 8 of those for a percentage of 80.0%. When it comes to shots from beyond the arc, Memphis converted 14 of 39 tries (35.9%). In all, the Grizzlies shot 43 for 90 from the field which gave them a percentage of 47.8%. The Grizzlies permitted the Hornets to make 35 of 86 tries from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 40.7% for the matchup. They finished 29.0% from three-point range by going 9 of 31 and ended up going 14 of 21 from the free throw line (66.7%). When it comes to cleaning up the glass, Memphis allowed Charlotte to grab 42 in all (10 on the offensive side).
Dillon Brooks was important for the Grizzlies in the game. He buried 8 out of 17 in this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 47.1%, which had him finishing with 21 points. Brooks snagged 3 rebounds in his 28:12 mins of time on the court and had 2 assists in this contest. Someone else that played a role for Memphis was Kyle Anderson. He ended up scoring 18 points in 29:10 minutes played via 7 out of 15 shooting for this contest. Anderson wrapped this one up going 46.7% from the field as well as contributing 5 dimes and 11 boards.
Memphis has a mark of 2-3 for the campaign. The Grizzlies commit 19.0 fouls per contest and they go 75.7% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 25.4 times per game (12th in basketball) and they are turning it over 15.8 times per contest. Memphis has totaled 562 pts so far this season (112.4 per game) and they snag 47.6 boards per contest. When it comes to executing on offense, the Grizzlies are shooting 45.0% from the floor, which is ranked 20th in the NBA. The Grizzlies defensively are ranked 24th in the league in points per game surrendered with 116.6. The Memphis defense surrenders 35.8% on 3-point shots (62 of 173) and opponents are connecting on 83.2% of their foul shots. They concede 25.8 assists and 47.2 boards per contest, which ranks them 22nd and 21st in the league. They have forced 15.6 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 45.8% from the field (16th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-11)
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