Memphis Grizzlies @ Los Angeles Lakers 1/5/24 Free Pick, NBA Odds, NBA Predictions

Memphis Grizzlies (11-23) at Los Angeles Lakers (17-18)

Game Info: Friday, January 5th, 2024 at  10 p.m. EST ( Arena)

Betting Odds: Lakers -5 (-110) - Over/Under (228)

Pick: Lakers -5 (-110)

Friday night takes us to Los Angeles where the Memphis Grizzlies will hit the road to the West Coast to play the Lakers here in this one. Both of these teams have plenty of expectations coming into the season and so far neither of these teams have lived up to those expectations throughout the early part of the year. As we quickly approach the middle part of the season, both of these teams will be looking for a huge victory here in this game to get things rolling in the right direction throughout the early part of January. 

Memphis was off to a slow start to the regular season, but they have picked it up after the return of Ja Morant, following his suspension at the beginning of the year. They will look to add another victory to their record with a quality performance here on Friday night on the road against a struggling Los Angeles Lakers team as they look for their 12th victory of the regular season. They still have plenty of time to put themselves in a position to make a postseason appearance this year, but they will need to pick things up and start putting together some winning streaks throughout the middle and late part of the season. 

They will look to get things back on track after losing their last game and they come into this game as losers of four out of their last five as well so they have plenty of things to clean up throughout this game. Memphis has been less than impressive in their last two road games as they have suffered back-to-back double digit defeats on the West Coast. Now they will return to the West Coast looking to get things rolling in the right direction with a huge victory over the Los Angeles Lakers here on Friday night to wrap up the first week of January.

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The Los Angeles Lakers had high hopes coming into the regular season, but they have been underwhelming throughout the early part of the year. They come into this game with a losing record through their first 35 games of the regular season and they will look to get things back on track with a victory here on Friday night at home against the Memphis Grizzlies. There have been rumors that they are at odds with their head coach over some of the decisions that he has been making throughout the early part of the season, and they could potentially be looking to make a coaching change at some point if that issue is not resolved rather quickly. 

Los Angeles comes into this game on a three game losing streak, and they will look to get things going in the right direction once again with a victory at home over Memphis here on Friday night. Los Angeles has already picked up one victory over Memphis earlier this season and they will look for a second consecutive one here in this game at home as they look to break their current three game losing streak heading into the weekend. We need to get things going in the right direction rather quickly before they find themselves way out of playoff contention heading into the All-Star break. LeBron James is putting up quality numbers but he’s not getting much help from his teammates and that is something that will likely be dealt with when the trade deadline comes around, as Los Angeles is in the market for several huge superstars.

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- The Lakers are 10-5 at home this season 

- Memphis is 8-10 on the road 

- The Lakers are 15-8 as a favorite 

I expect this to be a close and competitive game between two quality teams, but in the end I do look for the Los Angeles Lakers to pick up the victory at home over Memphis. I can easily see this game being competitive throughout the entire entirety of the contest, but in the end, I do think LeBron James and Anthony Davis will take over and lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a much-needed victory over Memphis here on Friday night in front of their home fans. Los Angeles controlled the majority of the game last time these two teams played and I look for a similar outcome this time around here on Friday.

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