Memphis Grizzlies (2-8) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (5-5)
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Los Angeles Lakers 11/14/23 – As NBA season 2023 continues, Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Lakers are set to meet up in an intriguing clash on Tuesday. Both teams currently stand at 2-8 records; therefore this matchup presents both teams with an opportunity to change their momentum for better. Let’s dive deeper into this free basketball analysis and examine what this matchup holds for both sides!
Memphis Grizzlies, despite their disappointing start to the season, exhibit a team with untapped potential. Averaging 108.6 points per game on average and boasting an below-par field goal percentage (43.7%), their offensive output remains substantial but unrealized due to an average field goal percentage (43.7%). They take risks, evident in 40.7 three-point attempts per game with only 33.2% success. Also of concern to Memphis is its higher turnover rate (14.9 per game). These areas must be addressed if they wish to improve their chances in future games.
Los Angeles Lakers offer an equally balanced profile, boasting a 5-5 record. Averaging an efficient scoring average of 110.5 points per game with their 47.6% field goal percentage and lower turnover rates than Memphis (13 per game vs 13), they display better ball control with 13.2 turnovers per game on average than Memphis, though three-point shooting at 30.5% could use improvement. Home court performance for Los Angeles Lakers has been strong with 13-2 straight up wins in their 15 home games- this could play a pivotal role in this matchup!
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Los Angeles Lakers 11/14/23 Game Info
|When:||Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at 10:30 PM ET|
|Stream:||NBA League Pass|
Desmond Bane (SG) vs. LeBron James (SF)
Desmond Bane, the shooting guard for the Grizzlies, has proven himself an indispensable component to their team in only 10 games he has participated. Averaging 26.5 points per game over that span and with his overall playmaking and defensive abilities (1.6 steals per game and overall playmaking skills) make him an extremely difficult opponent – however his 2.7 turnovers per game reveal a weakness which could be exploited by Lakers defense.
LeBron James of the Lakers continues to defy age with an outstanding performance, averaging 25.2 points and 8.4 rebounds per game on average. James provides invaluable leadership and experience that is invaluable for his team; his higher turnovers per game (4.1) may be concerning; but overall contribution through points, assists, and rebounds greatly outweigh this minor flaw.
Bane and James could be a key to this matchup. While Bane has incredible scoring prowess, James offers greater experience under pressure that may give the Lakers an edge. Bane must find ways to outshout James while at the same time controlling his turnovers and outshout James when it comes to scoring ability and keeping turnovers at bay.
NBA Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles Lakers -170, Total Odds: 226.5
Considering the current betting odds, the Lakers are favored to win, but the Grizzlies are not far behind. The point spread suggests a close game, with the Lakers having a slight edge due to their home-court advantage and more consistent performance this season.
Memphis Grizzlies Betting Trends
The Grizzlies have not fared too well against the spread (ATS), only covering two out of eight games over their last eight outings and 10 of 15 total point totals being reached during that stretch. This could be an indicator of their struggling offense and solid defense balancing each other out.
Los Angeles Lakers Betting Trends
The Lakers have had a mixed track record recently. While not great overall against the spread, their last five home games have all seen them cover it at least once! Additionally, their tendency to keep total scores lower against opponents from the Southwest Division may prove crucial here.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Los Angeles Lakers 11/14/23 Betting Picks
Given the statistics and trends, this game is shaping up to be a closely contested battle. The Lakers, with their home-court advantage and slightly better overall performance, seem to have the upper hand. However, the Grizzlies, led by Bane, are capable of causing an upset, especially if they can tighten up their defense and control the game’s pace.
For bettors looking for multi handicapper weekly picks, the safer bet would be on the Lakers to cover the spread, given their strong home record ATS. However, considering the trends, betting on the total points to go under might also be a wise choice, especially given both teams’ recent history.
Free Pick & Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers 112, Memphis Grizzlies 107