Lakers vs. Grizzlies NBA expert final score prediction and odds for Friday, April 12 (Take the points with Memphis)

NBA betting preview, prediction and best bet for Lakers-Grizzlies. 
Mar 30, 2024; Orlando, Florida, USA; Memphis Grizzlies forward Jake LaRavia (3) goes to the basket against the Magic.
Mar 30, 2024; Orlando, Florida, USA; Memphis Grizzlies forward Jake LaRavia (3) goes to the basket against the Magic. / Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers will be in the Western Conference’s play-in tournament, though who and where the Lakers will play has yet to be determined. The Lakers currently hold the No. 10 spot in the west but are in a three-way tie with the Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors. 

Los Angeles ends the regular season with back-to-back road games and has a great opportunity to bounce back following back-to-back losses with Friday’s road tilt against Memphis. The Grizzlies have dropped three straight and have all eyes on the NBA Draft Lottery after injuries derailed a season that started with high hopes. The Lakers are a double-digit road favorite. Can they pull away? Here’s the betting breakdown of the matchup with a best bet. 

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Lakers vs. Grizzlies odds, spread and total

Lakers vs. Grizzlies how to watch

  • Date: Friday, April 12 
  • Game time: 8 p.m. EST
  • Venue: FedEx Forum
  • How to watch (TV): Bally Sports
  • Lakers record: 45-35
  • Grizzlies record: 27-53

Lakers vs. Grizzlies injury report

Los Angeles Lakers

  • Anthony Davis (eye): probable
  • Jalen Hood-Schifino (lumbar): out
  • LeBron James (ankle): questionable
  • Jarred Vanderbilt (foot): out
  • Christian Wood (knee): out

Memphis Grizzlies

  • Santi Aldama (foot): out
  • Desmond Bane (back): out
  • Brandon Clarke (hand): out
  • Jaren Jackson Jr. (quad): out
  • Luke Kennard (knee): out
  • John Konchar (foot): out

Lakers vs. Grizzlies key players to watch

Los Angeles Lakers

Rui Hachimura: The former top-10 pick is averaging 13.6 points per game while shooting 53.5% from the field. The Gonzaga product has exploded for a couple of 30-point nights down the stretch, recently putting up 30 on 11-of-17 shooting in Sunday’s loss to the Timberwolves. He built off that performance with a 20-point, 11-rebound double-double in Tuesday’s home loss to Golden State. 

Memphis Grizzlies

Jake Laravia: With a lengthy injury report, Laravia is taking advantage of an increased workload. The former first-round pick averages 9.8 points per game but has scored in double figures in 14 of his last 17 games. He went for 32 points on 10-of-18 shooting, sinking eight 3-pointers, in Wednesday’s 12-point loss to Cleveland. 

Lakers vs. Grizzlies prediction and pick

The Lakers need this game to improve on their seeding for the play-in tournament. On paper, a motivated Los Angeles squad should have no problem going across the country and getting a win in Memphis, though the double-digit spread looks a little inflated for a team that has covered this number just once in its last 10 road games.

With a relatively unknown and unproven cast of characters running the show for Memphis down the stretch due to injuries, Memphis has the worst offense in the NBA in net rating. However, the Grizzlies still have a respectable defense. The Lakers rely on getting to the rim as they shoot the fewest 3-pointers per game in the NBA. Memphis is top-10 in the NBA against shots from inside the arc and is 10th in points in the paint allowed. 

The Lakers are 5-10 ATS as a road favorite this season and this spread seems too steep to lay on the road. Take the points with Memphis. 

Game odds update periodically and are subject to change.