Memphis Grizzlies (6-3 SU, 5-4 ATS, 2-6-1 O/U) at Los Angeles Lakers (4-5 SU, 5-4 ATS, 4-5 O/U)
When and Where: Sunday, Nov. 5, Staples Center, Los Angeles, Calif., 9:30pmET
The Memphis Grizzlies got back veterans Marc Gasol and Mike Conley and defeated the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday afternoon, 113-104. The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off a 124-112 home win over the improved Brooklyn Nets on Friday. The improved Lakers take on the Grizzlies.
Vets come back to help Grizz
Memphis used strong bench play and 22 points from Mike Conley to beat up on the Clippers, 113-104 on the road on Saturday. The Grizzlies also made 13 3-points and had four reserves score in double digits. Conley returned to the lineup after sitting out the last game with a sore Achilles. Memphis received 55 points from their reserves compared to just 22 from the Clippers. The bench was led by guard Tyreke Evans, who scored 20 points on 6-of-13 shooting. All-Star center Marc Gasol added 21 points on 7-of-16 shooting and nailed two of four three-point attempts.
The Grizz shot 47.6 percent from the floor and 13-of-31 from beyond the arc (41.9%). On the defensive end, they held the Clippers to just 4-of-26 from beyond the arc (15.4%). While Memphis does have a strong bench, they are bringing off some pretty good veterans who have started before including Evans, Chandler Parsons (10pts) and power forward Brendan Wright (13 pts, 4 blocks, 9 rebs).
Ball not Ballin’ yet
Lonzo Ball has had a lot more pressure on your average rookie in the NBA thanks to his loquacious father Lavar. The young point guard has done well running the team and in their win over the Nets on Friday, he had a +/-1 of 21. That’s pretty good considering he had just six points on 3-of-15 shooting and missed all three of his 3-point attempts. But Ball did have seven assists, two steals and three rebounds. He also did a decent job on former Laker guard D’Angelos Russell, who had 17 points, but made just 8-of-24 from the field and 1-of-8 from beyond the arc. Another rookie overshadowed Ball and that was power forward Kyle Kuzma, who had 21 points and 13 rebounds on 8-of-11 shooting. Kuzma is now starting at power forward because Larry Nance Jr. is out 6-8 weeks with a fractured left hand.
The Lakers defense was strong against the Nets as they held them to 40.7 percent shooting and just 9-of-38 from beyond the arc. They also crushed the Nets on the boards, 57-43. On the offensive end, the Lakers shot 51.1 percent from the floor and 9-of-21 from beyond the arc (42.9%).
- 1-4 ATS last 5 road games.
- 11-5 ATS last 16 overall.
- 7-3 ATS last 10 home games.
Conley and Gasol may not be playing back-to-back games. For some reason, the Lakers have covered lately against the Grizzlies, going 5-1-3 ATS last 9 at home in the series and the Dog is 9-4-3 ATS last 16 in this series. With no rest for Memphis, I’m taking the Lakers.
Memphis doesn’t want to run with this young team with or without Gasol and Conley. Memphis is 6-1-1 Under their last 8 overall and 9-3-1 Under their last 13 road games. The Lakers are 7-2 Under their last 9 home games and 10-4 Under last 14 overall.