Tuesday NBA Betting Odds & Picks: Our Staff’s Best Bets for Jazz vs. Nets and Lakers vs. Grizzlies (Jan. 5)
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- Tuesday night's NBA slate is a light one, but our NBA crew found value on two spread bets.
- Find out how they're betting Jazz vs. Nets and Lakers vs. Grizzlies below.
Tuesday night’s NBA slate is a bit lighter on games, but is anchored by star power on the national TV schedule: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Memphis Grizzlies (8 p.m. ET on NBATV) and Chicago Bulls vs. Portland Trail Blazers (10:30 p.m. ET on NBATV).
Our NBA crew has pinpointed two spread bets that they’re eyeing tonight. You can find their analysis on those games below.
NBA Odds & Picks
Jazz vs. Nets
Raheem Palmer: The Brooklyn Nets come into this game without the services of Spencer Dinwiddie (ACL) and Kevin Durant who will be held out of this matchup due to contract tracing and exposure to COVID-19.
It’s a tough break for the Nets who have lost two straight and four out of their past five games, including against the abysmal Charlotte Hornets and the Memphis Grizzlies mostly without Ja Morant.
Although the Nets rank ninth in Offensive Rating, scoring 112.8 points per 100 possessions, they’ll be missing 28.2 points per game, 7.0 rebounds and 4.8 assists from a lineup that ranks 23rd in Rebounding Rate (48.3%) and 11th in Defensive Rating (107.3).
It’s problematic enough that the Nets struggle to rebound, however they lost one of their best assets at rebounding in Durant and they’ll also be playing the top-ranked rebounding team in the league. The Nets also give up the 10th-highest rate of 3-point attempts and face a Jazz team that takes 41.6% of their attempts from behind the arc and makes seventh-highest percentage at 38%.
The Nets are still finding their footing and the Jazz are rolling after dominant wins over the Clippers and Spurs. I expect that to continue here. I already bet this at -2.5 and I would bet this up to -4. Be sure to keep an eye on our Action Labs markets page for real-time line updates.
Lakers vs. Grizzlies
Brandon Anderson: The poor Memphis Grizzlies. When the NBA stopped playing basketball last March, the Grizz were the hot young team and everything was going right.
Ja Morant was the breakout Rookie of the Year, Jaren Jackson was bombing 3s and opening up the offense, and the team was in position for a shock playoff appearance. Then everything went on hiatus, the Grizzlies never found their form in the bubble and fell short of the playoffs, and now things have crashed to start the new season.
We already knew Memphis would be missing Jackson for the start of the season, but now an ankle sprain has cost the Grizzlies a month of Morant too. And without those two, feel good story or not, there’s just not enough talent here in the loaded West.
The only three Grizzlies who have started every game are Jonas Valanciunas, Kyle Anderson, and Dillon Brooks. Valanciunas is what he is, an archaic big man who has never been an above average starter, and Anderson and Brooks probably shouldn’t be starters at all.
Justise Winslow is still out and DeAnthony Melton has played only one game, leaving Memphis thin on the wing as usual. Brandon Clarke has struggled starting his sophomore year, and Tyus Jones is in over his head as a Morant replacement in the starting lineup.
The Grizzlies just aren’t very good right now, and it turns out the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers are pretty good. These teams just played a couple days ago, and though Memphis had a big first quarter and hung around, the Lakers pulled away late for a comfortable win. Even with a relative no show from Anthony Davis, the Grizzlies had no answer for LeBron James and no real shot once the Lakers woke up and tried.
Memphis won the first quarter 36-25 but never scored more than 21 in a quarter again and was outscored by 25 the rest of the way, once they had LA’s attention. Simply put, the Lakers can name their winning margin in this one if they want.
Memphis doesn’t have enough scoring against this tough, physical defense, and the Lakers can blow the Grizzlies out early or wait around and finish them off late if they want. This would normally be a great spot to rest LeBron or Brow, but with a rest day before and after and this game on NBA TV, the Lakers will probably just have to go through the motions and get the win.
Even if the Lakers only try for 10 or 15 minutes, that should be enough for a comfortable double-digit win as long as James and Davis suit up. I’d consider a Grizzlies team under here too but will play the Lakers to -10 for the cover.