Los Angeles Lakers vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction, 1/5/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Lakers vs Memphis Grizzlies
Date: Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Location: FedExForum in Memphis, TN
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (-11)
The Memphis Grizzlies (2-4) host the Los Angeles Lakers (5-2) at FedExForum on Tuesday. Memphis opens this game as 11-point underdogs. The total opens at 218.
The Los Angeles Lakers faced the Grizzlies and went home with a win by a final score of 108-94 in their last game. Los Angeles finished with a 46.1% field goal percentage (41 of 89) and made 12 of their 35 3-pointers. At the free throw line, the Lakers buried 14 of 19 attempts for a percentage of 73.7%. When discussing rebounding, they compiled 49 with 12 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 24 assists for this game as well as getting 9 steals and 5 blocks. With respect to defending, Los Angeles allowed the other team to go 41.1% from the floor on 39 out of 95 shooting. Memphis distributed 23 dimes and had 6 steals in the matchup. Furthurmore, the Grizzlies snagged 50 boards (14 offensive, 36 defensive) and added 3 rejections. Memphis walked away from this one shooting 87.5% at the free throw line by converting 7 of their 8 tries. They also made 9 out of their 33 attempts from distance.
LeBron James is someone who was a major contributor for the matchup. He ended up walking away with 22 points on 9 out of 16 shooting. He played for 32:00 minutes and pulled down 13 boards. James walked away from this one shooting 56.3% from the floor and totaled 8 assists. Another guy that was a major factor in this game for the Lakers was Anthony Davis. He pulled down 9 rebounds and also accounted for 1 assist. He finished the game at 40.0% from the floor in this contest by shooting 6-of-15 (17 points). At the conclusion of this game, Davis played 32:12 min.
Los Angeles will enter this game with a record of 5-2 for the season. The Lakers are shooting 40.6% on three-point attempts (91 of 224) and 76.7% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 117.0 points per game (5th in the NBA) on 49.6% from the field. They are turning it over 15.4 times per contest and as a team are committing 19.3 fouls every game. As a team, Los Angeles is pulling down 48.4 rebounds per game and has tallied 183 dimes so far this season, which ranks 2nd in the league in terms of passing. When they are on the defensive end, the Lakers are forcing 12.9 turnovers per game and they draw 21.0 fouls. They give up 33.2% on shots from downtown and they are 6th in basketball in points per game allowed (105.9). The Lakers are giving up a shooting percentage of 44.0% (90 of 147) and they surrender 42.0 rebounds per game as a unit. They are 24th in the NBA in allowing assists to their opponents with 164 relinquished on the season.
In their loss to the Lakers, the Grizzlies were able to snag 36 defensive boards and 14 offensive boards for a total of 50 for the game. They also stuffed 3 shots while recording 6 steals for the game. The Lakers were called for 15 personal fouls for the game which got the Grizzlies to the free throw line for a total of 8 tries. They were able to bury 7 of the free throws for a rate of 87.5%. Pertaining to shots from 3-point land, Memphis converted 9 of 33 attempts (27.3%). Overall, the Grizzlies ended up going 39 out of 95 from the floor which gave them a rate of 41.1%. The Grizzlies allowed the Lakers to bury 41 of their 89 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 46.1% for this contest. They shot 34.3% from 3-point land by going 12 out of 35 and walked away from this one shooting 14 out of 19 at the charity stripe (73.7%). In regard to cleaning the glass, Memphis permitted Los Angeles to pull down 49 overall (12 offensive).
Kyle Anderson was important for the Grizzlies in this game. He converted 7 out of 19 in the game for a rate of 36.8%, which had him sitting at 18 points. Anderson grabbed 4 rebounds in his 31:59 mins of time on the hardwood and tallied 2 dimes for the matchup. Someone else that was pivotal for Memphis was Tyus Jones. He notched 14 points in 31:36 minutes played via 6 of 11 from the floor for the matchup. Jones walked away from this one going 54.5% from the field while also contributing 3 dimes and 5 rebounds.
Memphis has a record of 2-4 for the campaign. When it comes to offense, the Grizzlies are hitting on 44.3% from the field, which is ranked 23rd in the league. Memphis has scored 656 points for the campaign (109.3 per contest) and they pull in 48.0 boards per contest. They are earning an assist 25.0 times per contest (11th in basketball) and they lose possession via turnover 15.3 times per contest. The Grizzlies are committing 18.8 personal fouls every game and they shoot 76.5% from the free throw line. The Grizzlies on defense are ranked 22nd in the league in PPG surrendered with 115.2. The Memphis defense gives up 35.6% on shots from beyond the perimeter (74 of 208) and their opponents are knocking down 81.9% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have allowed 25.5 dimes and 47.5 boards every game, ranking them 21st and 23rd in basketball. They have forced 14.7 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 45.8% from the floor (14th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Memphis (+11)
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