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|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Los Angeles Lakers||+4,5 (-110)
|O 225.5 (-110)
|Memphis Grizzlies||-4,5 (-110)
|U 225.5 (-110)
The Lakers have been struggling while the Memphis Grizzlies have been on a tear as of late. The Lakers have felt their lack of depth with James and Davis out, which will work in favor of the red-hot Grizzlies who just took down the league’s best.
Memphis Grizzlies def. Los Angeles Lakers
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|Los Angeles Lakers||Head-to-Head||Memphis Grizzlies
|Frank Vogel||Head Coach||Taylor Jenkins|
|16-18 (9th in West)||Standing||21-14 (4th in West)|
|106.2 (26th of 30)||Off Rtg||111.6 (5th of 30)|
|108.5 (11th of 30)||Def Rtg||109.0 (13th of 30)|
|101.0 (1st of 30)||Pace||98.9 (10th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|L. James (27.4)||PPG||J. Morant (23.3)|
|A. Davis (9.9)||RPG||S. Adams (8.9)|
|R. Westbrook (8.1)||APG||J. Morant (6.9)|
|L. James (1.7)||SPG||D. Melton (1.7)|
|A. Davis (2.0)||BPG||J. Jackson Jr. (1.8)|
|D. Jordan (.675)/L. James (10.3)||FG%/FGM||B. Clarke (.622)/J. Morant (8.6)|
|A. Bradley (.400)/L. James (2.6)||3P%/3PM||J. Konchar (.444)/D. Bane (2.8)|
|Kendrick Nunn||Los Angeles Lakers||6 Dec 2021||Out (Knee)||Nunn is not expected to return for three weeks.|
|Anthony Davis||Los Angeles Lakers||18 Dec 2021||Out (Knee)||Davis has a sprained MCL and will be re-evaluated in four weeks.|
|Kent Bazemore||Los Angeles Lakers||19 Dec 2021||Out (Health & Safety)||Bazemore has been placed under league health & safety protocols.|
|Austin Reaves||Los Angeles Lakers||21 Dec 2021||Out (Health & Safety)||Reaves has been placed under league health & safety protocols.|
|Trevor Ariza||Los Angeles Lakers||23 Dec 2021||Out (Health & Safety)||Ariza has been placed under league health & safety protocols.|
|Rajon Rondo||Los Angeles Lakers||26 Dec 2021||Out (Health & Safety)||Rondo has been placed under league health & safety protocols.|
|LeBron James||Los Angeles Lakers||27 Dec 2021||Day to Day (Abdomen)||James was listed as PROBABLE for Los Angeles’ Tuesday (Dec 28) game.|
|Sam Merrill||Memphis Grizzlies||23 Nov 2021||Out (Ankle)||There is no timetable for Merrill’s return.|
|Ziaire Williams||Memphis Grizzlies||19 Dec 2021||Out (Health & Safety)||Williams has been placed under league health & safety protocols.|
|Santi Aldama||Memphis Grizzlies||26 Dec 2021||Out (Calf)||Aldama was OUT for Memphis’ Monday (Dec 27) game.|
|Dillon Brooks||Memphis Grizzlies||26 Dec 2021||Out (Health & Safety)||Brooks has been placed under league health & safety protocols.|
|Jarret Culver||Memphis Grizzlies||26 Dec 2021||Out (Health & Safety)||Culver has been placed under league health & safety protocols.|
|De’Anthony Melton||Memphis Grizzlies||26 Dec 2021||Out (Health & Safety)||Melton has been placed under league health & safety protocols.|
|Yves Pons||Memphis Grizzlies||26 Dec 2021||Out (Health & Safety)||Pons has been placed under league health & safety protocols.|
The Lakers lost their most recent game to the Memphis Grizzlies due to their inability to handle Memphis’ defensive pressure. To beat them this time out, the Lakers will need to tighten up their ball control on top of finding decent opportunities on offence.
In their game against the Brooklyn Nets, the Lakers shot just 41.7% from the field and 28.6% from three. While the Lakers had just nine players available, they’ll need to make do with who they have.
Memphis are aggressive defensively, which means that the Lakers can exploit their energy with good ball movement. If the Lakers can’t find easy avenues for their offence, it’ll be another one in the loss column.
Watch LeBron here — he points trying to get Malik Monk to pass the ball to Russell Westbrook, and when Monk does it, Russ then has the angle for a bullet assist and layup ? pic.twitter.com/5QCVBuwAjV
— Billy Heyen (@BillyHeyen) December 26, 2021
If there’s a comparison for the Memphis Grizzlies’ Ja Morant, it would be nine-time All-Star and 2017 Most Valuable Player. While he has not blended in well with the Los Angeles Lakers to this point in the season, a strong performance by him can swing any game in his teams favor.
Despite the nationally televised matchup, Westbrook struggled in Los Angeles’ Christmas Day game against the Nets. Typical of Westbrook, he still had a 13-point, 12 rebound, and 11 assist triple-double despite shooting just 4 of 20 on the night.
With Los Angeles’ other stars unavailable or in doubt, it is up to Westbrook to lead the team. He likely won’t set the court ablaze with his shooting, but he’ll be more than willing to challenge the Grizzlies in transition and on the break.
The Memphis Grizzlies can’t rest when they encounter the Los Angeles Lakers. In order to capitalize on the Lakers’ down streak, Memphis will want to maintain their pesky perimeter defence.
Over the Lakers’ recent five-game losing streak, they’ve committed an average of 15.6 turnovers per game while assisting on just 23.0 of their field goal attempts. With key ball handlers missing, Memphis look in prime position to continue their trend of aggressive perimeter defence.
Memphis are fourth in turnovers forced per game, and first in steals per game. To continue their winning ways, they must keep the pressure on the Lakers early.
— NBA (@NBA) December 28, 2021
The Memphis Grizzlies rely on Ja Morant to empower their success, but in their last game the Grizzlies star took victory by force. Against the Phoenix Suns, Ja Morant sealed the win with a last-second winner.
Morant posted 33 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists on 14 of 25 shooting from the field. Despite Phoenix’s collection of capable and disciplined defenders, none could stop Morant.
Against a weakened Lakers interior defence, Morant is expected to have his way with the Lakers. If the young point guard is aggressive from the tip, they can reward their home fans with a victory over the Lakers!
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|Los Angeles Lakers vs Memphis Grizzlies Information|
|Teams||Los Angeles Lakers vs. Memphis Grizzlies|
|Location||FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee|
|Time||8:00 PM EST, December 29th, 2021|
|How to Watch||NBA TV|
Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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