The Memphis Grizzlies play host to Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers tonight. Lets go over the odds that are on the table at the sportsbooks as we try to decide where we should place our NBA picks tonight.

Two Western Conference playoff teams meet in the Mid-South Mecca of Memphis, Tennessee this evening. The Lakers are dying for a road win, as they are only 1-3 in their last four road games. The Grizzlies have recently reminded everyone why they made it so far into the playoffs last season. 

Memphis sits 4th in the West, and could move into third with a win this evening. Plus, Memphis could get a bonus, as All-Star power forward and the walking double-double machine, Zach Randolph, could make his return tonight from an MCL tear.

NBA odds makers have just released the line for this matchup and it has opened dead even as a pick em. Some NBA betting sites have already moved the lines to favor the Lakers by one point with a total set at 182.

Check out which team I like the get the win in Memphis, and where I think you should place your NBA picks

Grizz Nation 

Lakers vs. GrizzliesI’m not really surprised that the Grizzlies are a win away from the three seed in the West, but I am surprised that they did it all basically without Zach Randolph. I know that Rudy Gay is their best player, but Randolph is by far the most consistent and when paired with Marc Gasol, they are just as good as their counterparts for tonight, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum. 

For tonight however, Randolph still might not play and will be rusty as it is a knee injury. However, the Lakers have been struggling on the road and the Grizzlies are very good at Fed-Ex Forum. One problem the Grizzlies do have tonight is the mildly concussed Rudy Gay. Gay was diagnosed with a mild concussion during the Grizzlies’ win over Denver. He will have to go through the newly mandated tests in order to get on the court this evening. 

LA on the ropes

All we have heard over the last week or two is how bad the Lakers have been playing, and the rumors that are swirling around them. Despite all this, as I mentioned above, LA is still in third place in the West, right behind San Antonio and Oklahoma City.

The bigger picture talk surrounding the Lakers is the trade discussion. The NBA trade deadline is just two days away and still the Lakers have made no moves, which kind of mirrors the league so far. We are 48 hours from the deadline. As of now, no major moves have been made by any team. 

That doesn’t mean something won’t happen before then. The Lakers need something; most likely a point guard. I don’t think they need to get rid of Pau Gasol, unless they are getting something like a Dwight Howard or a Monta Ellis in return. The Lakers are #2 in the NBA in rebounding and that statistic would surely fall if Gasol was shipped elsewhere.

The Sharp Pick 

The Lakers are 1-5 ATS in their last six games and 1-7 ATS in their last eight games on the road. Memphis is currently the opposite. The Grizzlies are 6-1 SU in their last seven games and 5-0 SU in their last five at home. Depending on the sportsbook, you can find a pick em’ or the Lakers favored by -1 right now.

If you feel like waiting it out, I can see the public taking this line upwards in favor of the Lakers. When that happens, I suggest jumping on the Grizzlies. I see Randolph making his return tonight and playing solid minutes, and I don’t think the concussion will hold out Rudy Gay. I see the Grizzlies coming away with a home court win this evening against Kobe and company.

My Pick: Grizzlies +1