NBA Pick Against the Spread (January 23, 2013)
The LA Lakers vs Memphis Grizzlies game features two teams headed in two different directions. The Grizzlies have enough talent to be an actual contender while the Lakers are in real danger of missing the playoffs. The Grizzlies winning ways are flying under the radar, while the Lakers are collapsing under a very critical public spotlight.
The NBA Odds for the game between the LA Lakers vs Memphis Grizzlies opened with the Grizzlies as (-5.5) point favorites. In the past this would be unheard of, but with the Lakers recent struggles the line seems about right. It has not stopped the public from sticking with the Lakers. An early look at the NBA betting consensus shows that 67 percent is on the public for this outing.
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The Lakers are in desperation mode. After the loss to the Chicago Bulls the Lakers have dropped nine of their last eleven games and if they lose to Memphis they will lose seven straight on the NBA highway.
In an attempt to improve the Lakers moved Pau Gasol to the bench, a move which has the veteran less than thrilled. You would not know it by his output as Gasol posted a double-double in the game against the Bulls. Gasol realizes that he is on the trading block and could be auditioning to play for another team.
The Grizzlies meanwhile took care of some financial issues by getting rid of $6 million in cap space by trading Marreese Speights, Wayne Ellington, Josh Selby and a future draft pick to Cleveland for Jon Leuer. Although it is not a trade with marquee players it will affect the team’s lineup and chemistry.
The Lakers are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games playing on 1 days rest, 1-5 ATS in the last 6 home games and 3-8 ATS in the last 11 games overall.
The Lakers are a mess and anyone willing to put hard earned money on them is wasting their time.
The Lakers are 6-13 ATS in the last 19 meetings in Memphis and lose big again on Wednesday night.