10:30 PM ET, November 15, 2013
STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA
The Memphis Grizzlies haven’t been impressing YouWager bettors like the dominant defensive team that recorded the best season in franchise history in 2012-13.
Facing the weak Los Angeles Lakers team — among the NBA’s least efficient offensive clubs — could prove to be at least a temporary cure for the Grizzlies’ difficulties as they seek their first road win of the season tonight.
Memphis (3-5) limited rivals to a league-low 89.3 points and 43.5 percent field-goal shooting — third overall — en route to a franchise-record 56 victories the previous season, but they haven’t really impressed anyone as they did at their end of the floor in 2013-14. Rivals are averaging 99.4 points and 46.6 percent from the floor, one of the biggest reasons for a 1/3 slump in which the losses have come by an average of 15.7 points.
The Grizz fell 103-87 versus the Toronto Raptors at home Wednesday. Toronto had scored 97 or fewer points in regulation in seven of their first eight games.
The Grizzlies allowed a rival to score 103 or more at home once last season. This NBA team is also 0-3 on the road after their 24 road victories last season tied for third most in the league.
Los Angeles (4-6) has also dropped three of four, all by double-digit margins, though they’re 3-2 at home.
The Lakers suffered a 111-99 defeat versus the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, allowing reserve Timofey Mozgov to score 23 points after he came in averaging 8.2. Kenneth Faried added 21 points and 13 rebounds as Los Angeles was exploited inside, getting outscored 60-32 in the paint.
Jodie Meeks is the only player among Los Angeles’ top four scorers shooting better than 43.2 percent. Pau Gasol’s team-best 13.4 points per game is nearly five below his career average, and he’s shooting a career-worst 39.4 percent.
Gasol has also had to face difficulties in recent matchups with brother Marc and Memphis, averaging 13.6 points and 41.0 percent shooting in his last five meetings.
The Grizzlies took two of three meetings with Los Angeles last season with Mike Conley averaging 19.7 points, 2.7 steals and 55.3 percent from the field. The 26 year-old point guard is enjoying a strong start with career highs in scoring (20.1 ppg) and field-goal percentage (52.6).