Lakers vs Grizzlies Prediction - NBA Picks 4/26/23

Memphis Grizzlies (52-34) vs Los Angeles Lakers (47-40)

Game Info: Wednesday, April 26, 2023 at 7:30 pm (FedExForum)

Betting Odds: Memphis Grizzlies -4.5 -- Over/Under: 221 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Los Angeles Lakers will be looking to finish off the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 5 at the FedExForum on Wednesday night.

The Los Angeles Lakers will be growing in confidence after outlasting the Grizzlies by 117-111 in overtime on Monday to take a 3-1 series lead. Austin Reaves led the team with 23 points and six assists, LeBron James added 22 points with 20 rebounds and seven assists, D’Angelo Russell scored 17 points while Anthony Davis chipped in with 12 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks. As a team, the Lakers shot 43 percent from the field and 10 of 36 from the 3-point line as they looked to be in trouble when they surrendered an early 15-point lead, but they started making some stops and were good enough to hold the Grizzlies to just seven points in overtime to escape with the important win.

Meanwhile, the Memphis Grizzlies are now playing for their lives as they head back home with a 3-1 series deficit. Desmond Bane led the team with 36 points, seven rebounds and three assists, Ja Morant added 19 points with seven assists and three steals while Jaren Jackson Jr chipped in with 14 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks. As a team, the Grizzlies shot just 39 percent from the field and nine of 42 from the 3-point line which was good enough to keep them in the contest right until overtime where they finally allowed the Lakers to slip away. Morant had a rough shooting game as he shot just eight of 24 from the field while the bench players combined for just 19 points.

Looking at the betting trends, the Lakers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team above .600 and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. The Grizzlies are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 Conference Quarterfinals games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.

Head to head, the under is 16-5-1 in the last 22 meetings overall, the Lakers are 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Memphis and the Lakers are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall.

The Lakers are now just one win away from moving onto the second round after beating the Grizzlies on Monday and I’m sure they like their chances of getting the job done here, especially if James can have a similar game like he played on Monday, but the Grizzlies are playing for their lives here and I think they can keep their season alive at least for another game.

Peter’s Pick Memphis -4.5

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