Lakers looking for knock-out blow at the FedExForum

Updated April 26, 2023
Updated April 26, 2023By Dean Etheridge

The Memphis Grizzlies host the Los Angeles Lakers in the fifth match of their 2023 postseason playoff series on Wednesday. The Lakers lead the series 3-1, and now only need one more win to make it into the 2nd Round of the NBA playoffs. Here we look at their chances of getting the job done in Tennessee with our latest NBA betting picks

Nba Playoff Picks Lakers Looking For Knock Out Blow At The Fedexforum

LeBron James was the star of the show as the Lakers went into a 3-1 series lead on Monday night. The legendary player scored 22 points, and also claimed a career-high 20 rebounds, while helping his Lakers team to a 117-111 win over the Grizzlies.

The Lakers now lead the best of seven series 3-1, and know that one more win will see them through to the 2nd Round. This heaps all the pressure onto the Grizzlies. As Taylor Jenkins’ team now needs to win all three remaining matches to make it to the next round. 

The result means in the betting to qualify for the 2nd Round, the Lakers are now just -900 with the best NBA playoffs betting sites. The same betting sites make the Grizzlies +600. It’s been a remarkable showing from the Lakers to get into this position. And it just goes to show the importance of having a superstar like LeBron James on the team, who always turns up and produces on the big occasion.

Latest Betting to win the 2023 NBA Championship

In the latest betting to win the 2023 NBA Championship the Lakers are now just +800, while the Memphis Grizzlies are out at +10000. The betting favorites are the Boston Celtics, who are just +210. The Celtics have reclaimed the favorites tag from the Milwaukee Bucks, who are now third favorites at +600

The Bucks are in a spot of bother at the moment in their series with the Miami Heat. As things stand, the Bucks are 3-1 down in the series, and like the Grizzlies, they need to win all three remaining matches of the series. 

Despite being 3-1 down, the Bucks are still as short as +125 to win the series. The Heat are favorites at -145. This could in part be down to the fact that the Bucks have home advantage in matches 5 and 7 (if required) in the series. 

Elsewhere in the betting, the second favorites behind the Celtic are now the Phoenix Suns. We mentioned earlier about the Lakers having a superstar like LeBron James in the side, and the same applies to the Suns who have Kevin Durant. Along with Devin Booker, the pair have been instrumental in the Suns’ progress to this stage of the competition.  

Our odds table below has the latest betting to win the 2023 NBA Championships. You can read more about the bookmakers listed here at our online sportsbook reviews page.

Betting to Win 2023 NBA ChampionshipBetOnlineBetUSBovada
Boston Celtics+210+210+210
Phoenix Suns+450+450+450
Milwaukee Bucks+600+600+600
Golden State Warriors+700+700+700
Denver Nuggets+800+800+800
Philadelphia 76ers+800+800+800
LA Lakers+800+800+800
New York Knicks+2800+2800+2800
Sacramento Kings+4500+4500+4500
Miami Heat+5000+5000+5000
Memphis Grizzlies+10000+10000+10000

Grizzlies vs Lakers Betting Odds

With home advantage, the best NBA betting sites are making the Memphis Grizzlies favorites to win the 5th match of the series. On the moneyline the Grizzlies are -175, with the LA Lakers at +155

This equals a start of 4 for the Lakers on the handicap spread. Starting from +4 points, the Lakers are -108 in this market. There must be money coming in for the Grizzlies at -4, as they have been backed into -112 to cover the spread.

Finally, the total points market line is set at 221.5. Over 221.5 is -112, and under 221.5 is -108

So far in this series, the spread has been covered in two of the four matches. In the opening match, a total of 240 points were scored, and in the fourth match there were 228 points scored – although 20 of those came in overtime. In the two matches that fell below the spread, the total points scored were 196 and 212. 

Our Picks

In the regular-season the Lakers won twice against the Grizzlies, and lost once. The Lakers won their two home games, and lost the one on the road. 

In the playoffs, the Lakers have won their two home matches. On the road they have lost one and won one. The form seems to be just slightly pointing towards a home win, but can the Grizzlies handle the pressure of knowing they can’t afford to lose? 

With the home advantage, also comes the tag of favorites. But this also adds to the pressure, and LA Head Coach Darvin Ham and his team will know this

We believe Memphis is a risk on the moneyline at -175, and we won’t be going near that price. The Lakers have a head of steam up now, LeBron is in the mood, and Austin Reaves is firing as well. Will the Lakers get the job done and complete the series win here? We’re not so sure. But if they don’t win, we believe it will be close. Therefore we’re backing the LA Lakers to cover the handicap spread for our main betting pick.

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In the over and under market, it looks a bit of a 50/50 call. The spread has been covered once in the two games played at the FedExForum. In the series as a whole, it has been covered twice in four. But it was only covered comprehensively on one occasion. We’re going for under 221.5 points.

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Dean Etheridge
Dean Etheridge

Dean Etheridge has over ten years of writing experience in the world of sports betting. Starting out as a hobby on his own soccer betting website, Dean has now seen his picks published across various affiliate sites along with The Sun and TalkSPORT where he writes regular Premier League and Champions League betting tips. Combining his extensive knowledge and experience with his British humor and wit, Dean has developed into a trusted voice within the sports betting industry. Although Dean's preferred areas of focus are the English Premier League and cricket, his extensive sports knowledge enables him to tackle nearly any sport. Gone are the days of traveling the world to witness events like FIFA World Cups and Ashes cricket, as Dean now prefers the comfort of his own home while enjoying sports.

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