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How to Bet Lakers vs. Grizzlies Tonight: Expert Betting Picks & NBA Player Props 12/29/21

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It has been a struggle out west for the Lakers this season. From injury to fit, things just have not looked great for LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook. The Grizzlies just needed some continuity with health to form one of the better backcourts in the league. Ja Morant and Desmond Bane will look to build on that and slice through an ailing Lakers defense. Los Angeles does have four bench players in the COVID protocol, which puts a heavier emphasis on guys like Malik Monk having bigger scoring nights. Good thing OddsShopper can help sift through the best value plays — from starters to low-minute guys.

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Best NBA Betting Picks & Player Props Tonight | Lakers vs. Grizzlies

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Memphis Grizzlies

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 29 2021
Time: 8:00 p.m. EST
Venue:
FedEx Forum — Memphis, Tenn.
Coverage: NBA TV

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Grizzlies -6 (-110, BetMGM)

This is a great spot to catch the Grizzlies, with the Lakers playing the second leg of a back-to-back and Los Angeles’s inability to defend. Memphis won two straight coming into this game and is 21-14 both straight up and against the spread. With Morant back in the lineup, the Grizzlies are dangerous — especially in the backcourt where the Lakers struggles. The Grizzlies boast the fifth-best scoring defense in the NBA — a matchup nightmare for the 27th-ranked Lakers defense. Even if Westbrook somehow breaks free of his struggles and James continues his scoring streak, it is not enough. Memphis has too many things going for them, and the Lakers are in the midst of dysfunction. OddsShopper will always provide free and up-to-date projections and values of each game. Bettors can sort by games or individual player props.

LeBron James Over 28.5 points (-110, FanDuel)

OddsShopper can sort by expected win rate or expected ROI, right down to each specific game. Awesemo’s projections can also be integrated for each player to finally know which book is offering the best return. James has gone over 30 points in five straight games, and there is zero reason to think he will not do it again. The Lakers have no other options for anything consistent at this point — from Davis’ physical absence to Westbrook’s mental absence. James can still get to the rim and has been shooting the ball in volume over this stretch. The bet has a 54% of clearing the over only because the projection for James is 29.1. He should continue the 30-plus point performance for a sixth straight game, which does not impact the Grizzlies covering the line. Los Angeles has lost five of their last six games, so James scoring 50 is not going to change the final result.

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Desmond Bane 4+ 3-Pointers (+128, FanDuel)

This has already dropped a little, so it is truly important to keep checking OddsShopper, especially for smaller-market player props. Bane is on an absolute tear from behind the arc, and Morant coming back has not negatively impacted Bane’s looks. The offense clearly recognizes and aims to get Bane looks from deep, as he is coming off a 6-for-11 night of just 3-pointers. Morant can easily slide into a facilitator getting guys like Bane and Dillon Brooks looks this year, and with Bane’s increased volume from 3, this makes a lot of sense. This bet also fits nicely with another play for a same-game parlay, but for now, trust one thing: Shooters shoot, and Bane is showing zero hesitation in pulling up from 3.

Jaren Jackson Jr. Over 17.5 Points (-112, FanDuel)

Jackson scoring points has the best possible return on any player prop for this game. The bet has a 61% expected win rate combined with Awesemo’s projection of 19.1 points for Jackson. It makes sense, as someone is going to have to score in the frontcourt. Memphis will not pass up the opportunity for Jackson to take advantage of Los Angeles not having Davis. Jackson has hit 20-plus in two of his last three games and four of his last six. OddsShopper loves this play and even offers a modest 15% expected ROI. The projection reflects a little more about Jackson’s usage, which makes total sense and may not be fully adjusted for the weakened Lakers front court. Either way, Jackson will clear 17.5 points.

Bane 4-+ 3’s/Westbrook 2+ 3’s Same-Game Parlay (+518, FanDuel)

This all hinges on one thing: Westbrook not coming unhinged on the floor. It is a risk but at just over 5-to-1, The Bane play from earlier combines well with volume from Westbrook. He just needs to take one more 3 than he is averaging, but it is still OK if he is at his two-attempt-plus range. The good news is, based on his percentage over the past month, Westbrook is not wasting 3’s. He may be with other jump shots or drives, but he is getting the most out of his limited attempts. There has been so much chatter around his struggles that this type of game should be expected. He is still a difficult matchup for anyone, and Memphis is only 18th in defensive scoring.

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