The Memphis Grizzlies will be looking to bounce back from a rare ATS loss on Friday night as they play host to Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Memphis fell 97-92 to Denver last time out as a 7-point home favorite, putting them at 8-2 both SU and ATS through their first 10 games of the season - and those eight ATS victories are tied for tops in the NBA.
The Lakers had won three games in a row both SU and ATS versus the Grizzlies until their last meeting last March. Overall Los Angeles has surprisingly struggled to records of 6-6 SU and 5-7 ATS this year.
Memphis will face the 6-6 Lakers, who own a 5-7 ATS mark on the season. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Grizzlies are 6-4 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Lakers are 7-5 favoring the OVER.
Sportsbooks such as had the Grizzlies installed as 4.5-point favorites in this particular matchup. The over-under number was listed by most sportsbooks, including , at 201.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 6-rated Lakers taking on the No. 1-rated Grizzlies in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 105-101 win for the Grizzlies on Friday.
How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Memphis's No. 17-rated squad against Los Angeles's No. 6-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Memphis rates No. 22 in the league with 5.9 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 10 with 7.4 per outing.
Defensively, the Lakers feature the league's No. 29-rated defense on the road, giving up 108 points per game. Memphis, meanwhile, comes in at No. 14 in the league in scoring at home.
Los Angeles was a 113-97 loser in its last match on the road against the Kings. They failed to cover the 5.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 210 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Los Angeles got 38 points from Kobe Bryant en route to a 113-97 loss at the hands of Los Angeles on Wednesday at Power Balance Pavilion.
Memphis was a 97-92 loser in its last match at home against the Nuggets. They failed to cover the 7-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 189 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Grizzlies endured a 97-92 loss at the hands of the Nuggets on Monday, despite a 22-point effort from Rudy Gay at FedExForum.
Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Dallas are 4-6
After playing Sacramento are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5
Memphis Grizzlies Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Cleveland are 5-5
After playing Denver are 6-4
After a loss are 8-2
A few Lakers at Grizzlies trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the LA Lakers last 5 games when playing on the road against Memphis
LA Lakers are 7-2 SU in their last 9 games when playing on the road against Memphis
LA Lakers are 10-4 SU in their last 14 games when playing Memphis
The total has gone OVER in 5 of the LA Lakers last 7 games on the road
Memphis is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
Memphis is 17-3 SU in its last 20 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Memphis's last 5 games when playing at home against LA Lakers
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Memphis's last 7 games at home
LA Lakers at Dallas, Saturday, November 24
Memphis home to Cleveland, Monday, November 26