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Lakers vs. Grizzlies 2023 NBA Odds and Preview – February 28th

By Jeff Stinger

The Lakers will try to get that Play-In spot with a little over a month before the regular-season ends. They challenge Western Conference third-seed Memphis Grizzlies for a second time since their first win in January. Los Angeles looks solid ahead of the game with four wins in five games, while Memphis dropped two of their last two games leading up to this clash. Nevertheless, Memphis is more than worthy of causing the visitors several problems. They have an outstanding home record of 25-5 and are keen to level things out before their final regular-season meeting next week.

Nitrobetting shares the latest news, NBA odds, and special features throughout the 2022-23 NBA season. Let’s get a closer look at the upcoming Lakers vs. Grizzlies face-off in this preview.

Lakers vs. Grizzlies Game Information

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Why Bet on the Los Angeles Lakers?

The Lakers find some traction as of late and now ride a three-game win streak. Although they find themselves in injury trouble with D’Angelo Russell and Anthony Davis on the day-to-day list, the team recovered some of its depleted confidence back since the All-Star break. They now feature a deeper bench with an improving Dennis Schroder and recently-introduced talents Rui Hachimura and Mo Bamba adding grit to the lineup.

Despite dropping to 12th seed, the Lakers still hold the sixth-best points record at 117.0 per game on a tenth-best 48.1% shooting. They are solid from short and mid-range, hitting 55.7% of their shots while maintaining a 33.7% three-point shooting. James remains the team’s leading scorer, averaging 29.53 points per game. But without him on the floor, Anthony Davis takes the helm with figures of 25.73 points and a team-best 12.38 boards per game. Moreover, D’Angelo Russell, Malik Beasley, and Rui Hachimura already worked their way up to double-digit scoring figures, making no less than 10 points per game.

Defensively, the Lakers limit teams to 117.9 points per game on 46.0% shooting. They have an incredible three-point defense that holds opponents to 34.7% from deep and collects 53.9 total boards per game–good for fifth-best in the league.

Why Bet on the Memphis Grizzlies?

The Grizzlies are known for their scrappy but effective defensive measures. Right now, the squad limits its opponents to 111.9 points per game and 44.8% shooting, with the latter being the league-best record. Memphis has a tight interior defense as well. The team holds opponents to 51.1% from short and mid-range, while limiting three-point attempts to 35.6%.

Memphis features a significantly healthy starting lineup, save for an injured Steven Adams. The starting big man and leading rebounder will be replaced by Xavier Tillman until his expected return on March 9. For now, Ja Morant takes the bulk of the scoring load with averages of 27.00 points and 8.14 assists per game, both of which are team-best records. Desmond Bane trails him with 21.27 points per game, while Jaren Jackson Jr. averages nearly 17 points per game.

Since the hosts are a defensive bunch, we expect them to do most of the work on this end of the ball. In 59 games, the Grizzlies averaged 111.9 opponent points per game on a league-best 44.8% shooting. They also have the best interior defense and keep teams to 51.1% from the two-point range.

Lakers vs. Grizzlies Betting Trends

  • The Lakers are 3-2 in the last five road contests (2-3 ATS).
  • The Lakers are 2-3 in the last five games versus the Grizzlies (2-3 ATS).
  • The totals went over in three of the Lakers’ last six games against the Grizzlies.
  • The Grizzlies are 3-2 in the last five games (2-3 ATS).
  • The Grizzlies are 3-2 in the last five home games against the Lakers (3-2 ATS).
  • The totals went under in three of the Grizzlies’ last five games.

Lakers vs. Grizzlies Expert Betting Prediction

It’s a tough undertaking to take on the second-best Western Conference team in the league, especially if you’re as erratic as the Lakers. However, the franchise seems to find stability with a refreshed lineup. If D’Angelo Russell and Anthony Davis can pull themselves out of day-to-day for this one, there’s reason to believe they can cover the spread and keep the Grizzlies under pressure. While LeBron James is likely to sit this one out with a foot injury, head coach Darvin Ham still has a competent lineup here.

The hosts, on the other hand, have to deal with Steven Adams’ injury and fill the position with Xavier Tillman. It’s still a menacing roster with Ja Morant taking point. They are the better team on paper and step in front of their home crowd as favorites to win.

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