L.A. Lakers at Memphis Grizzlies
|Date & Time||Monday February 25, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Memphis +4.5 -- Over/Under 221.5
The Los Angeles Lakers and the Memphis Grizzlies duke it out at the FedEx Forum on Monday night.
The Los Angeles Lakers have been in a rut as they’ve lost five of their last seven games and they will be looking to bounce back after getting blown out by the shorthanded Pelicans in a 128-115 road loss on Saturday. Brandon Ingram led the team in scoring with 29 points on 10 of 18 shooting, LeBron James added 27 points with seven rebounds and 12 assists while Kyle Kuzma chipped in with 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. As a team, the Lakers shot a healthy 54 percent from the field and 10 of 29 from the 3-point line, but the problem was their defense in the first half as they were always playing from behind after allowing the Pelicans to pour in 42 points in the first quarter. The Pelicans were without their best player in Anthony Davis who was sidelined with an injury. With the loss, Los Angeles fell to 29-30 overall and 12-18 on the road.
Meanwhile, the Memphis Grizzlies have been in rough shape as they’ve lost five of their last six games and they will be hoping to snap a four-game skid after falling just short against the lowly Cavaliers in a 112-107 road loss on Saturday. Jonas Valanciunas led the team with 25 points and 11 rebounds, Mike Conley added 18 points, Joakim Noah added 16 points with four assists while Delon Wright chipped in with 15 points. As a team, the Grizzlies shot 44 percent from the field and a miserable five of 25 from the 3-point line as they rallied back from an early 18-point deficit only to fade in the fourth quarter where the Cavaliers ran away with it. With the loss, Memphis fell to 23-38 overall and 9-22 on the road.
Looking at the betting trends, the Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last five road games, 1-4-1 ATS in their last six games against a team with a losing record and 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games against a team below .400. The Grizzlies are 5-1 ATS in their last six home games, 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games against a team with a losing record and 10-24 ATS in their last 34 games overall.
Head to head, the underdog is 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings and the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings.
It’s hard to back the Lakers who have been so inconsistent lately, but the clock is ticking on their season so they need this win bad as their remaining schedule doesn’t look easy. The Grizzlies are in total rebuild mode now with Marc Gasol long gone and things are starting to get real ugly as they’ve lost four straight with two of those losses coming against the worst teams in the league in the Bulls and the Cavaliers. With that being said, I think the Lakers come out with a point to prove as they continue their run towards a playoff berth.