Memphis Grizzlies Vs LA Lakers Expert Pick and NBA Odds
We are at the stage of the season where the bottom feeders in the league begin to get officially eliminated from playoff contention. This is all really just a formality, as these tend to be the teams that we all knew wouldn’t be anywhere near the top 8 for quite some time now. What they have to start thinking about is how badly they want that top lottery pick in the NBA draft. Do you play as hard as you can the rest of the way, or do you ease up a little to increase your chances of a top pick? No-one is going to admit to tanking, but the LA Lakers have come out and said that they are going to be committed to playing their younger players in the final few weeks of the season, which usually means that the losses will continue to pile up. Next up for the hapless Lakers is a visit from the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night. The opening spread for this game still unavailable, but you can keep up to date with all the latest NBA odds at MyBookie.ag.
Memphis Grizzlies Vs LA Lakers Expert Pick and NBA Odds:
Why bet on the Memphis Grizzlies
While the past couple of weeks have not been very good to the Memphis Grizzlies (40-30) in terms of wins and losses, you still have to give props to a team that has been devastated by injuries all season long. They are likely to be without Mike Conley the rest of the way, but have probably done enough to secure a playoff spot in the Western Conference. They are just 4-6 in their last 10 games, but are coming off a big 113-102 win over the LA Clippers. This is another game that they would be expected to win, especially since they have won their last 9 meetings against the Lakers going back to the 2013-14 season. Memphis has also beaten the Lakers the last 5 times they have played them at the Staples Center. The Grizzlies are averaging 99.1 PPG, and are giving up 100.5 PPG.
Why bet on the LA Lakers
It’s not really a surprise to see the Lakers (14-55) on another losing streak, but this current 4-game skid is a little more disappointing when you consider that it came after back to back wins, one of which was against the Golden State Warriors. Even more frustrating for Lakers fans is that 3 of the 4 losses came against a bunch of teams that are all wallowing in the lower reaches of the NBA. This is a team that looks for the most part to be just playing out the season and hoping for it all to end. They must be looking ahead to next year, when a new era for the Lakers will begin without Kobe Bryant in the line-up. The Lakers are averaging 97.7 PPG, and are giving up 106.6 PPG.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
It’s hard to bet against a team that has won 9 straight games against their opponent, and I am not about to do that. I think the Grizzlies will win this one, but it may be a little closer than a lot of people expect.
Memphis Grizzlies 103 LA Lakers 98