Lakers vs. Grizzlies Prediction
Even with LeBron James back in their lineup, the Lakers are struggling to keep their ahead above water in the Western Conference. Are the Lakers laying too many points tonight to the Grizzlies in Memphis?
8:00 p.m. ET, Monday, February 25, 2019
FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sportsbook BetNow.eu, the Lakers are 4.5-point favorites to beat the Grizzlies. The total, meanwhile, sits at 220 points and as of this writing, 80% of the public betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Lakers to cover the point spread.
Los Angeles Lakers Fantasy Spin
LeBron James posted his second double-double in the Lakers’ last three games Saturday, as he accounted for 27 points, 12 assists, seven rebounds, four steals, one blocked shot and three 3-pointers in 39 minutes. Los Angeles lost for the third time in its last five games Saturday, with the defense once again proving to be an issue in the 128-115 loss to the Pelicans. James, who appeared to roll his left ankle during the fourth quarter (he remained in the game), shot 11-of-17 from the field and 3-of-6 from three but made just two of his six free throws. A 68.0% shooter from the charity stripe for the season, he’s right around 66% for the month of February. There have been questions as to just how healthy LeBron is after he missed a significant amount of time in January due to a groin strain, as this will impact just how much of the "heavy lifting" he’ll be able to do for a team that’s on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoffs. James will still have high fantasy value, but if he isn’t 100 percent that will impact just how effective he is.
Memphis Grizzlies Fantasy Spin
Mike Conley (left knee soreness) is probable for Monday's game vs. the Lakers. If Conley is unexpectedly ruled out, expect Delon Wright and Jevon Carter to control the PG position in a promising matchup. The prospect of precautionary rest looms over Conley's rest-of-season fantasy outlook, but it sounds like he'll suit up on Monday.
NBA Betting Trends
The Lakers are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games versus the rest of the Western Conference.
The Grizzlies have dropped 15 of their last 18 games at the betting window after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
As of Monday morning, 80-percent of the betting tickets are on the Lakers but the point spread has dropped from 5 down to 4.5 at most sportsbooks. Both teams are struggling, with the Lakers dropping six out of 10 and the Grizzlies losing seven of 10, but I still see value in a Memphis team that is getting points as a home dog. Speaking of which, the Grizzlies are 5-1 against the spread in their last six home games. They’re also 5-2 ATS in their last seven conference games and covered five of their previous seven playing on one day of rest. Meanwhile, the Lakers are 1-4 against the spread in their last five road games while the underdog covered in six of the previous eight meetings between these teams.
Monday NBA Prediction: Memphis Grizzlies +4.5