Memphis Grizzlies vs Los Angeles Lakers Game 2 Prediction and Odds: 2023 NBA Playoffs

The Los Angeles Lakers had a great start in the Eastern Conference first-round series against the second-seed Memphis Grizzlies. They dominated the second half of that game and have not just the series lead but the momentum going into Game 2.

These odds from William Hill were correct at the time of writing.

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Memphis Grizzlies vs Los Angeles Lakers – Game Predictions

Memphis Grizzlies won 35 of 41 home games during the regular season but that didn’t mean anything in the series opener as the Lakers took over the lead. The Grizzlies will be under pressure going into this one especially if Ja Morant is not ready to play. However, this may prove to be the crucial game in the series and both teams are very well aware of that.

Prediction 1: Memphis Grizzlies to Cover the Spread (+1)

The Memphis Grizzlies came into the Playoffs as a dark-horse candidate to win the Western Conference. The loss in the opening game of the series against the Lakers is not changing that perception. The Grizzlies were very dominant at home during the regular season and the Lakers will feel some of that heat in Game 2. The Lakers did what they needed, and that is stealing a game away in Memphis. The Grizzlies will start hyped up and will take over control of the game which will put them in a situation to win. The Lakers are one-point favorites going into this one and the Grizzlies will be able to cover that spread.

Prediction 2: LeBron James over 25.5 points

LeBron James has been through many Playoff series and this is one of his last chances to attack the championship. James averaged 28.9 points per game this season and scored 21 in Game 1. James knows that the Lakers may take over the series with a win in Game 2 and he will definitely try to get his team to a winning situation. On that way, LeBron will come close to his season average and score over 25.5 points.

Grizzlies vs Lakers Preview – Can the Lakers take full control of the series?

The Grizzlies had an impressive home record in the regular season, but the Lakers didn’t care much about that stealing the opening game of the series. Now, all the pressure is on the Grizzlies who must win to tie the series before it moves to LA. That should not be a major problem if Ja Morant is ready to play but otherwise, things will be way more difficult for the Grizzlies.

Memphis Grizzlies News, Injuries, and Starting Lineups

The Memphis Grizzlies have been through a lot this season and they looked ready for the challenge coming with the Playoffs. Things didn’t start well for them as they lost the series opener and Ja Morant suffered an injury that may limit his performance going forward.

Memphis Grizzlies Injury Report:

Steven Adams, Brnadon Clarke and Jake LaRavia are out for the Grizzlies while Ja Morant is listed as day-to-day.

Memphis Grizzlies Starting Lineup:

Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, Dillon Brooks, Xavier Tillman and Jaren Jackson Jr.

Los Angeles Lakers News, Injuries, and Starting Lineups

The Los Angeles Lakers have not been in a better situation all season long. After making to the Playoffs through the Play-In tournament, they are now in the driving seat after winning Game 1 of the series against the Grizzlies.

Los Angeles Lakers Injury Report:

None listed.

Los Angeles Lakers Starting Lineup:

LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Austin Reaves, D’Angelo Russell and Jarred Vanderbilt

Grizzlies vs Lakers Head to Head Record In 2023

The Lakers won the 2022-23 regular season series 2-1 against the Grizzlies.

Memphis Grizzlies vs Los Angeles Lakers Game Details


  • Date & Time: Wednesday, April 19, 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Venue: FedEx Forum, Memphis, TN
  • Where to watch in the UK: NBA TV on TV or fuboTV on a live stream

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