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Los Angeles Lakers vs. Memphis Grizzlies - 11/15/13

Memphis Grizzlies (3-5) at Los Angeles Lakers (4-6)

NBA Basketball: Friday, November 15, 2013 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)

The Line: Los Angeles Lakers +4 -- Over/Under: 199 See the Latest Odds

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The Los Angeles Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies collide on Friday night from STAPLES Center.

Head to head, the Grizzlies are 3-0-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings while the home team is 9-4-1 ATS in the last 14 meetings. The Lakers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, but just 4-9 ATS in their last 13 vs. Western Conference and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400. The Grizzlies on the other hand are 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 road games vs. a team with a winning home record, but just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-9 ATS in their last 10 games overall.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Memphis Grizzlies - 11/15/13

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What exactly have the Memphis Grizzlies done this season to justify being a four-point road favorite tonight? Here is a team that is coming off back-to-back losses to Indiana and Toronto (at home might I add) by 16 points apiece. They have won just three games this season and two of those were at home against Detroit (they needed overtime to get across the line) and Boston (where they trailed with just three minutes remaining. They have also been horrible against the spread, covering in just one of their eight games thus far. While they are still the same enimic offense they were from the last couple of seasons, there defense has dropped off considerably but the most shocking thing of all has been their rebounding numbers as they are pulling down just 39.3 boards per game, which is the fourth worst mark in all of basketball.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Lakers have actually been ok considering that they have virtually a new team and that guy named Kobe Bryant has been sitting on the sidelines watching. LA might be the worst defense team in all of basketball as they are giving up 105.8 points per game, but they have played the hardest schedule in the league thus far, so that should improve a bit when they play the likes of Utah and Toronto. Also, the Lakers have already notched two marquee wins over Houston and their cross-town rival Clippers, something Memphis has not done.

Los Angeles has been very up and down this season as seven of their games have been decided by double-digits (four losses and three wins,) so you never really know what you are going to get from them on any given night. Having said that, they have been pretty good when playing at home, barring that Minnesota loss. Funnily enough, they should have the rebounding edge against Memphis tonight and if they get hot from downtown, this one could be a blowout. I won’t be touching this game for the aforementioned reasons, but you have to take the points here right?

Dan’s Pick: Los Angeles +4

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