Los Angeles Lakers vs Memphis Grizzlies 1/3/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Los Angeles Lakers vs Memphis Grizzlies 1/3/2021 Picks Predictions Previews
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The Los Angeles Lakers will meet the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee on Jan. 3, 2021, 6:00 PM, ET. The Lakers are coming off a 2-game winning streak, winning their last 2 road games against the Spurs, 121-107 and 109-103. The defending champions are currently tied in 2nd place at 4-2 with the New Orleans Pelicans and the Los Angeles Clippers in the Western Conference.

The duo of SF LeBron James and PF Anthony Davis leads the Lakers’ offense against the Grizzlies. James tops the team in points, assists, and steals with 23.8 points, 7.3 assists, and 1.2 steals per game in its first 6 games of this season but is questionable to play against the Grizzlies because of an ankle injury. Davis chips in 22.6 points per game and leads the team in rebounds with 8.8 rebounds per outing. SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is also questionable to play due to an ankle injury. The team will miss the services of SG Alex Caruso who is also out for the next 2 games.

The Lakers tallied 118.5 points per game and currently topped the league in field goal shooting with a field goal percentage of 50.2% while limiting opponents to 107.8 ppg. Los Angeles is currently averaging 48.3 rebounds, 26.5 assists, 6.2 steals, and 5.8 blocks per game. The team is 4-2 SU in its 6 games this season and are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games against Memphis.

Los Angeles Lakers vs Memphis Grizzlies Predictions 1/3/2021

Meanwhile, the Memphis Grizzlies are coming off a 108-93 win over Charlotte to cap off a 2-1 road trip after escaping the Nets in overtime, 116-111, and bowing to the Celtics, 107-126. The Grizzlies lost their 2 opening games from the San Antonio Spurs, 119-131, and yielded to the Atlanta Hawks, 102-112. The Memphis Grizzlies carry a 2-3 win-loss slate after 5 games and are 11th in the Western Conference.

SG Dillon Brooks leads the Grizzlies against the Lakers in the absence of PG Ja Morant. Morant is out due to a left ankle sprain he sustained in their overtime victory over the Nets and will be out for 3 to 5 weeks. Morant tops the team in the scoring and assists department with 26.3 points and 6.3 assists per game, respectively. Brooks follows Morant in point production tallying 19.2 points per game and leads the team in steals with 2.2 per match. C Jonas Valanciunas leads the team in rebounds and blocks with 12.0 rebounds, averaging 1.0 blocks in their first 5 games this season. The Grizzlies are averaging 112.4 ppg at 45.0% from the field while limiting opponents to 116.6 ppg. Memphis earned 47.6 rebounds, 25.4 assists, 7.8 steals, and 5.4 blocks per game in its first 5 games of the season. The team’s totals have gone under in 8 of their last 8 games against Los Angeles and are 4-11 SU in their last 15 games.

Los Angeles Lakers vs Memphis Grizzlies. The NBA pick for this game is the Los Angeles Lakers -10.5. The Lakers will meet the Kings for the first time this season and is 3-1 dating back to last season. SF LeBron James and SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope are both questionable to play because of ankle injuries. Lakers SG Alex Caruso is ruled out for this game against the Grizzlies. PG Ja Morant is officially listed out in this game due to a left ankle sprain. The odds favor the Lakers to a predicted score of 121-110.

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Los Angeles Lakers vs Memphis Grizzlies 1/3/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

NBA Starting Time: 6:00 PM EST

Location: FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee

Date: Jan. 3, 2021

TV: FSSE, Spectrum SportsNet

NBA Odds: Los Angeles Lakers -10.5

NBA Total Odds: 221.5

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