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Los Angeles Lakers vs. Memphis Grizzlies - 12/27/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Memphis Grizzlies (10-24) at Los Angeles Lakers (11-21)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)

The Line: Los Angeles Lakers -2.5 -- Over/Under: 198.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: TWC SN

The Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Lakers meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Staples Center.

The Memphis Grizzlies could use a victory here after losing 12 of their last 15 games. The Memphis Grizzlies are averaging 97.1 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 101.3 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Marc Gasol is averaging 18.9 points and 8.8 rebounds while Tyreke Evans is averaging 18.8 points and 4.3 assists. JaMychal Green is the third double-digit scorer and Chandler Parsons is grabbing 2.9 rebounds. The Memphis Grizzlies are shooting 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 79.3 percent from the free throw line. The Memphis Grizzlies are allowing 37.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.7 rebounds per game. The Memphis Grizzlies haven’t won a road game since November 7. 

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Memphis Grizzlies - 12/27/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Los Angeles Lakers need a victory here after losing six of their last seven games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 106.5 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 109.8 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Kyle Kuzma is averaging 18.1 points and 6.8 rebounds while Brandon Ingram is averaging 16 points and 3.3 assists. Jordan Clarkson is the third double-digit scorer and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is grabbing 5.2 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 32.9 percent from beyond the arc and 69.2 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.5 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have lost five straight home games.

The Grizzlies are 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 road games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 Wednesday games. The Lakers are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Southwest. The Grizzlies are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Los Angeles, 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the home team is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The Memphis Grizzlies continue to get these low spreads for whatever reason, and they continue to pile up the losses. In fact, the Grizzlies are just 4-8 ATS this season when an underdog by less than seven points. I simply don't get it. The Los Angeles Lakers have found every possible way to lose games in the fourth quarter the last couple of weeks, but at least they're showing signs of fight and have hung around with the top teams in the league. There's also a chance Brandon Ingram will be back for this game, giving the Lakers a needed offensive boost. Give me the home team and the small line. The Memphis Grizzlies deserve no respect.

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