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NBA: Lakers Covering Against Grizzlies

The Los Angeles Lakers have been consistent in two things in recent memory; losing and covering against the Memphis Grizzlies. The Lakers are a near perfect 7-0-1 ATS in their past eight contests against the Grizzlies and they will look to continue that trend when the teams meet Sunday.

Shark Bites
  • The Grizzlies are 4-8-1 ATS in their last 13 games.
  • The Lakers have lost the past six meetings against the Grizzlies.
  • Marc Gasol has averaged 17.8 points and 8.4 rebounds per game in December.

Though Kobe Bryant has gotten more than his fair share critics about his questionable shot selection, the 37-year old has actually been on of the better shooters on the Lakers recently. Bryant has averaged 21.8 points in 45.5 percent shooting in his past six contests, which was highlighted by a 31-point performance against the Nuggets.

The Grizzlies have struggled with consistency all season long, but they have been near unbeatable when they are actually clicking. Memphis has scored 100-plus points in 12 times this season and they have won 11 of those games.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Memphis Grizzlies opened as -11.5-point favorites at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total line was sitting around 197.5 at Bovada for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting on the total amount of points scored.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 105-92 win for the Grizzlies. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Los Angeles Lakers vs Memphis Grizzlies Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Memphis Grizzlies sit at 16-16 (13-18-1 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Los Angeles Lakers are currently 5-25 (11-19 ATS). Looking to bet on the points scored total? Memphis is 14-18 OU and Los Angeles is 13-17 OU. This season the Memphis Grizzlies are 16-16 overall and 13-18-1 ATS against the number, while the Los Angeles Lakers are 5-25 and 11-19 ATS. As for the totals, Memphis is 14-18 on the OU, and Los Angeles is 13-17. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Memphis vs Los Angeles injuries news.

The Grizzlies - Lakers betting odds would favor the Grizzlies if the lines were set according to power rankings. Memphis is rated No. 22 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Los Angeles Lakers sit at No. 30.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Los Angeles Lakers rank No. 22 in the league with 42.63 per game. That compares with Memphis's No. 27 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Memphis is the NBA's No. 28-ranked team at 5.47 per game, while the Los Angeles Lakers rate No. 19 with 8.07 per contest.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Los Angeles suffered a 94-84 loss against Los Angeles on Friday, getting 16 points from D'Angelo Russell in a losing effort at STAPLES Center.

Memphis got 19 points from Mike Conley Jr. but lost anyway 98-92 against the Hornets on Saturday at Time Warner Cable Arena.

Betting Trends
  • LA Lakers is 3-17 SU in its last 20 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of LA Lakers's last 5 games
  • LA Lakers is 4-10 ATS in its last 14 games on the road
  • LA Lakers is 2-15 SU in its last 17 games on the road
  • Memphis is 4-8-1 ATS in its last 13 games
  • Memphis is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Memphis's last 6 games
  • Memphis is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Los Angeles at Charlotte, Monday, December 28th
Memphis home to Miami, Tuesday, December 29th