Memphis Grizzlies (51-31) at Los Angeles Lakers (43-39)
Game Info: Saturday, April 28, 2023 at 10:30 p.m. EST (crypto.com Arena)
Betting Odds: Lakers (-4) / Over/Under (221.5)
Pick: Lakers (-4)
Let's kick off the weekend by heading out west to the crypto.com Arena to dive into game 6 of the First Round in the Western Conference between the Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Lakers.
Memphis was able to keep themselves alive in the series by blowing out the Lakers by a score of 116-99 on their home floor on Wednesday night to send things back to L.A. for a crucial game 6. After going into halftime up 9 points and allowing the Lakers to make things close in the second half, they were finally able to pull away late through an extended run in the 4th quarter that saw them make consecutive key stops on the defensive end to help secure the win. On the offensive side of the ball, Desmond Bane and Ja Morant led the way impressively, becoming the first Grizzlies duo to put up a 30/10/5 stat line in a Playoff game in franchise history. Both of them will surely look to build on that in game 6 if they want to send it back to Memphis for a decider.
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Los Angeles botched the chance to steal another win on the road and take home the series dub in Wednesday night's game. Nevertheless, the Lakers have put themselves in a position that they never could have imagined being in after starting the season in such a bleak fashion. Win one more game on your home floor and you advance... it is that simple. But, it won't come easy as the young and hungry Grizzlies will certainly be up for the challenge. Although Anthony Davis was able to bounce back in game 5, scoring 31 points and adding 19 rebounds, LeBron James was not on the same page. Apart from the stats he put up and his poor shooting night, he genuinely looked gassed in large portions of the game. Now, heading into the crypto.com Arena for game 6 with a chance to send the Grizzlies packing, James will need to bring a regenerated look to get the Lakers to the finish line.
Betting trends to consider in this matchup:
- The Grizzlies are 2-14 ATS when playing as a road underdog
- Memphis is 14-28-1 ATS when playing as the road team
- The over is 26-17 when the Lakers are playing on the same rest as the opposing team
This series has had all types of drama attached to it. In saying that though, in a close-out game at home, there is not a single player I would rather have than LeBron James (even if he is getting up there in age). He will bounce back in a big way and help his squad advance to the next round with a win over the Grizzlies by double digits!
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