Memphis Grizzlies vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction, 10/24/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Memphis Grizzlies vs Los Angeles Lakers
Date: Sunday, October 24, 2021
Location: STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Spectrum SportsNet
Odds/Point Spread: Memphis (+6.5)
The Memphis Grizzlies (1-0) are on their way to STAPLES Center on Sunday where they will play the Los Angeles Lakers (0-2). Los Angeles opens this contest as 6.5-point favorites from Vegas oddsmakers. The total is set at 221.
The Grizzlies stepped onto the hardwood against the Cavaliers and went home with a win by a final score of 132-121 in their last contest. Memphis ended the contest with a 53.0% FG percentage (53 out of 100) and converted 14 of their 33 3-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Grizzlies converted 12 of their 12 shots for a rate of 100.0%. Concerning grabbing rebounds, they compiled a total of 53 with 13 of them being offensive. They also recorded 28 assists in this matchup as well as forcing 5 turnovers and getting 8 steals. When talking about the defense, Memphis allowed 50.5% from the floor on 47 out of 93 shooting. Cleveland totaled 36 assists and had 38 steals for the matchup. In addition, Cleveland had 29 rebounds (7 offensive, 22 defensive) and earned 8 blocked shots. Cleveland went 72.2% at the free throw line by burying 13 of 18 shots. They knocked down 14 of their 38 shots from distance.
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Ja Morant is a guy who was a major contributor for the contest. He racked up 37 points on 17 of 29 shooting. He was on the court for 34 mins and also collected 6 boards. Morant finished shooting 58.6% from the floor and also dished out 6 dimes.
Memphis enters this contest with a record of 1-0 on the campaign. The Grizzlies are connecting on 42.4% on 3-point shots (14 of 33) and 100.0% from the free throw line. They have an average of 132.0 points per outing (2nd in the league) while hitting 53.0% from the field. They are losing possession via turnover 12.0 times per game and as a group they are committing 15.0 fouls per game. As a unit, Memphis is pulling down 53.0 boards per game and has 28 assists for the campaign, which has them ranked 25th in the league in terms of passing the ball. When they are on the defensive end, the Grizzlies are able to force 11.0 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 17.0 fouls. They rank 8th in the NBA in giving up assists to the opposition with 38 conceded on the season. The Grizzlies defense is giving up a FG percentage of 50.5% (11 of 17) and they concede 36.0 boards per game as a unit. They are giving up 36.8% on shots from downtown while they are 24th in basketball in points per game from their opponents (121.0).
The last time they took the court, the Lakers took a loss by a score of 115-105 when they faced the Suns. The Lakers recorded 34 defensive boards and 12 offensive boards for a total of 46 for this game. They also coughed up the ball 16 times, while earning 7 steals in this matchup. The Suns had 11 personal fouls in this game which got the Lakers to the free throw line for a total of 29 attempts. They were able to bury 22 of them for a rate of 75.9%. With respect to shooting from downtown, Los Angeles made 15 of 34 attempts (44.1%). When the final whistle blew, the Lakers shot 34 out of 86 from the floor which had them shooting 39.5%. The Lakers permitted the Suns to make 42 of 86 tries from the floor which had them shooting 48.8% for this contest. They finished the game shooting 31.3% from beyond the arc by shooting 10 of 32 and ended up going 21 out of 28 at the charity stripe (75.0%). Regarding rebounds, Los Angeles permitted Phoenix to snag 40 overall (7 on the offensive side).
Anthony Davis ended up having an impact for the Lakers for the game. He converted 6 of 18 for the contest for a field goal rate of 33.3%, and accumulated 14 rebounds. Davis earned 22 points in his 38 mins of playing time and tallied 3 dimes for the contest.
Los Angeles has a mark of 0-2 for the campaign. The Lakers are committing 25.5 fouls per game and they hit 64.6% from the charity stripe. Their rate of earning assists is at 23.0 times per contest (19th in the league) and they cough up possession 17.0 times per game. Los Angeles has accounted for 219 points for the season (109.5 per contest) and they collect 45.5 rebounds per contest. When it comes to offense, the Lakers are hitting on 43.6% from the field, which ranks them 21st in basketball. The Lakers defensively are ranked 21st in the league in PPG allowed with 118.0. The Los Angeles defense concedes 33.8% on shots from distance (24 of 71) and opponents are converting on 79.3% of their foul shots. They have given up 30.5 assists and 48.5 total boards per game, which is ranked 27th and 20th in basketball. They have forced 14.5 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.4% from the field (19th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-6.5)
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