Memphis Grizzlies (52-32) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (45-40)
April 22, 2023 10:00 pm EDT
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers -4.5; Over/Under: +220
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The Memphis Grizzlies invade the Crypto.com Arena to battle the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 3 on Saturday night.
The Memphis Grizzlies needed to respond after dropping the first game of the series and they did just that as they outlasted the Lakers in a 103-93 win in Game 2 on Wednesday. Xavier Tillman led the team with 22 points, 13 rebounds and three assists on 10 of 13 shooting, Jaren Jackson Jr. added 18 points with nine rebounds and three blocks while Desmond Bane chipped in with 17 points. As a team, the Grizzlies shot 42 percent from the field and 11 of 36 from the 3-point line, but this win was more about their defense as they held the Lakers to just 19 points in the first quarter to take the early lead and they didn’t take their foot off the gas till they were up by 20 points which was enough to hold off the Lakers in the fourth quarter.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Lakers will be so disappointed with their effort in Game 2 as they allowed a slow start to spoil their shot at taking a 2-0 series lead. LeBron James led the team with 28 points, 12 rebounds and three assists, Rui Hachimura added 20 points off the bench while Austin Reaves chipped in with 12 points. As a team, the Lakers shot just 41 percent from the field and seven of 26 from the 3-point line as they didn’t come out with the right level of urgency, and it cost them as they couldn’t catch up to the Grizzlies in this one. D’Angelo Russell had a rough game as he scored just five points on two of 11 shooting while Anthony Davis contributed just 13 points on four of 14 shooting.
Looking at the betting trends, the Grizzlies are 21-10 ATS in their last 31 games playing on two days rest, 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall. The Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last five Conference Quarterfinals games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record.
Head to head, the under is 15-5-1 in the last 21 meetings overall and the Grizzlies are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings in Los Angeles.
The Grizzlies are still missing Steven Adams and Ja Morant, while the Lakers don’t have a single player listed on the injury report. The Grizzlies were good enough to square up the series thanks to a big game from Xavier Tillman who led the team in scoring, but you can’t help but feel that it was more due to the Lakers coming out flat. Russell and Davis were so poor for the Lakers, so I’m expecting both of them to bounce back which should be enough for the Lakers to reclaim the lead in this pivotal game.