Pro Basketball Picks: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Memphis Grizzlies at Los Angeles Lakers
Friday, 4/5/13, 10:30 PM EST, TV:  TWSN
Opening Point Spread:  Los Angeles -2.5
Current Betting Line:  Los Angeles -2.5
Opening Total:  194
Current Total:  194
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Los Angeles Lakers are 17-19 ATS at home this season
The Los Angeles Lakers are 17-19 ATS at home this season

Memphis has won four games in a row, including a 94-76 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers as 7.5-point road favorites Wednesday night, while going UNDER the total for a third consecutive contest.  The Grizzlies are battling the Denver Nuggets for the Western Conference’s only top-four seed that won’t go to a division winner.  “We are chasing that home-court advantage,” commented Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley.  Memphis is 22-15 ATS on the road, which can’t be ignored when making your NBA picks against the spread Friday night.

The Grizzlies are 21-16 overall away from FedExForum, including an 11-11 mark versus conference foes.  Memphis ranks second in the NBA in allowing just 89.8 points per game, while it has held 63 of 74 opponents under the century mark.  The franchise is a dominating 22-1 this season when scoring 100 or more points this season, while going 3-8 when allowing the opposition to reach that particular number.

Los Angeles has won and covered the spread in back-to-back games, including a 101-81 victory over the Dallas Mavericks as 3.5-point home favorites, while going UNDER the total in each of those affairs.  The Lakers have been led by shooting guard Kobe Bryant on the floor, as he’s played all but one minute over the last two games.  He registered his 19th career triple-double against the Mavericks—finishing with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.  Los Angeles is 17-19 ATS at home this season, which is important to consider when looking over the pro basketball odds page.

The Lakers are 24-12 overall at the Staples Center, including a 14-7 mark versus conference foes.  Los Angeles has split its last 10 meetings with Memphis, while going 16-7 all-time when playings at this particular venue.  Bryant has averaged 29.5 points against the Grizzlies this season, as the team has dropped both games by allowing 106 points in each.

Sports bettors will likely back the Grizzlies due to their 21-10 ATS mark in the last 31 meetings in this series, while the Lakers are 1-6 ATS versus teams with a winning record.

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