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Los Angeles Lakers vs Memphis Grizzlies: Match Prediction, Injury Report & How to watch | 29th December 2021

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NBA Matchup: Los Angeles Lakers vs Memphis Grizzlies

Date: December 29, 2021

Time: 8 P.M. ET

The Memphis Grizzlies will host the LA Lakers in their third matchup of the 2021-22 NBA season. Both teams have won one game each in their regular-season series this year. The Grizzlies defeated the Lakers 108-95 in their last match.

Los Angeles Lakers season so far

After a five-game losing streak, the LA Lakers finally registered their first win against the Houston Rockets 132-123. In their last ten games, the Lakeshow has a record of 4-6, averaging 107.3 points, 45.4 rebounds, 23.9 assists, 8.1 steals and 5.7 blocks per game while shooting 45.5% from the field. Defensively, they have allowed 111.7 points per game.

 

The Los Angeles Lakers are led by the legendary LeBron James, who is averaging 29.7 points and 8.9 rebounds over the last 10 games while shooting 52.0% from the field and 35.3% from beyond the arc. In the last six games, King James is putting up 31.7 points, 10 rebounds and 6.2 assists.

Memphis Grizzlies season so far

The Memphis Grizzlies have had a surprising season as they are the fourth-placed team in the western conference. in the last ten games, Grind City has won 7 games while averaging 112.8 points, 46.7 rebounds, 24.5 assists, 11.4 steals and 4.7 blocks per game while shooting 45.6% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 103.5 points per game.

 

The Memphis Grizzlies are led by the exciting Ja Morant as he is averaging 23.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 6.8 assists while shooting 47.8% from the field and 35.0% from the three-point line. But the biggest surprise player for the Grind City has been Desmond Bane as he is shooting 47.2% from the field and 42.6% from the 3-point line while averaging 17.2 points.

Los Angeles Lakers vs Memphis Grizzlies Match Prediction

The LA Lakers have shown more hustle and energy than they displayed in their previous five losses. However, as they will be playing the second night of a back-to-back, significant minutes will be required from the likes of LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook. In the meantime, Memphis Grizzlies are well-rested and fresh off a morale-boosting win over one of the best teams in the Phoenix Suns. Hence, if anyone other than LeBron James and Russell Westbrook has an extraordinary game, the Memphis Grizzlies could win their third straight game. 

Injury Report

Los Angeles Lakers 

Wayne Ellington – Illness – Expected to be out until at least Dec 31
Kent Bazemore – Covid-19 – Expected to be out until at least Dec 29
Austin Reaves – Covid-19 – Expected to be out until at least Dec 29
Rajon Rondo – Covid-19 – Expected to be out until at least Jan 7
Trevor Ariza – Covid-19 – Expected to be out until at least Dec 31
Anthony Davis – Knee – Expected to be out until at least Jan 20
Kendrick Nunn – Knee – Expected to be out until at least Jan 2

Memphis Grizzlies

Sam Merrill – Ankle – Expected to be out until at least Dec 31
Ziaire Williams – Covid-19 – Expected to be out until at least Dec 31
Santi Aldama – Calf – Expected to be out until at least Dec 31
John Konchar – Covid-19 – Expected to be out until at least Jan 3
De’Anthony Melton – Covid-19 – Expected to be out until at least Jan 6
Dillon Brooks – Covid-19 – Expected to be out until at least Jan 6
Yves Pons – Covid-19 – Expected to be out until at least Jan 6
Jarrett Culver – Covid-19 – Expected to be out until at least Dec 31

How to watch Los Angeles Lakers vs Memphis Grizzlies?

National coverage of the game will be aired by NBA TV. Local coverage is available via Bally Sports Memphis and Spectrum SportsNet. International viewers can catch it on NBA League Pass. 

Also read: NBA Injury Update: When Will Anthony Davis Return From MCL Sprain?