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Memphis Grizzlies vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 12/17/13

Los Angeles Lakers (11-13) at Memphis Grizzlies (10-13)

NBA Basketball: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 8:00 pm (FedExForum)

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The struggling Memphis Grizzlies look to snap a three-game skid tonight when they play host to the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Grizzlies have really been in a funk lately, losing five of their last six and their last three straight. On Sunday against the Timberwolves, Mike Conley scored 28 points on 12 of 20 shooting, while Zach Randolph added 20 points and 12 rebounds, but there was no stopping Kevin Love who had 30, or anyone from the three point line as the Grizzlies sunk a season-high 12 treys. To add insult to injury, Conley suffered a left thigh contusion late in the fourth quarter and did not return, leaving his availability for tonight's game as questionable.

Memphis Grizzlies vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 12/17/13

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Meanwhile, the Lakers have lost four of their last five since the return of Kobe Bryant. In Monday's 114-100 loss to the Hawks, the Lakers came out strong to lead by 54-47 at halftime, but really let the game slip in the third quarter when they were outscored 35-19. Nick Young led the team with 23 points off the bench and Jordan Hill had 21 points, but Kobe had just eight points and six assists while struggling with stiffness in his ankle. With the loss, LA fall to 11-13 on the season and 5-7 on the road.

In ATS trends, the Lakers are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a losing record and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall, while the Grizzlies are 3-1-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record and 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall.

Head to head, the Lakers are 0-3-2 ATS in the last five meetings overall and 2-5 ATS in the last seven in Memphis.

Mike Conley will not suit up for tonight's game which means that Jerryd Bayless will fill in at point guard. With that being said, I actually think the Lakers can cause the minor upset here so I'm taking them with the points tonight.

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