Mitchell Leff / Getty Images Pictured: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope # 1 of the Los Angeles Lakers talks to LeBron James # 23

Editor’s Note: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was excluded from Sunday’s game with a sprained ankle. For the latest Lakers lineup updates, please visit the NBA Insiders lineup page

The Los Angeles Lakers take on the Memphis Grizzlies as double-digit favorites in Memphis. The Grizzlies were dissatisfied against the Lakers last season, but will have to defeat two of their young stars and face a well-oiled machine

Can the Grizzlies fight without Ja Morant or become LeBron James and Co secure an easy win?

The Lakers list Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and James as questionable for that game.Lebron played through his sprained ankle so he’s questionable on the right, while Caldwell-Pope didn’t return after fighting over in victory on Friday who had injured Spurs at the ankle

This season the Lakers have played a little faster than last season, by around one possession per game, and they went into the game on Saturday with the fourth-best point differential in League 98, per cleaning the glass

The big difference between this season and last season is that the Lakers defense isn’t the main reason for that difference. Last year the Lakers had the No. 3 defense in the league and even though it was only six games their defense was at the start of the game on Saturday only 11, per Cleaning the Glass

This difference can be attributed to Montrezl Harrell.It didn’t have the offensive effects you would expect The Lakers are minus 10 points per 100 possessions on the offensive in lineups with him without him Defensively they give a whopping 7 to 5 more points when he’s in the lineup, per cleaning the glass

Harrell is a sieve on defense but we would expect the offensive flaws to change as he has been positively on the offensive throughout his career

Even so, the possible absence of Caldwell-Pope cannot be underestimated as he has a 171 point difference for the Lakers including 157 on offense per cleaning the glass. If he misses this game the Lakers bank will be thinner and it means more minutes for Kyle Kuzma and those who normally wouldn’t see much, if any, time

The Grizzlies enter this game without ruling Rookie of the Year, Morant, and they also list Grayson Allen and Xavier Tillman as questionable.Justise Winslow is going to miss this game (like any other competition this season) because of his hip injury

The Grizzlies miss Morant. You are already 23 Team in points difference (-39) but what’s even more amazing is that Memphis is 8.5 points per 100 possessions when Morant is on the court and -233 on all lineups when he is off, per cleaning the glass

Anytime the best player on a team fails, you’d expect the team to get worse, but that kind of difference is dramatic to see. Even last season the Grizzlies were only -18 points per 100 when Morant left the field The staff is obviously different from last season, but -233 is surprisingly bad

At this point, it’s generally profitable to fade double digit favorites on the road who played in last season’s playoffs against teams that missed the playoffs, hitting a 528% rate per BetLabs

My problem here is that the Grizzlies were brutal on the ground without Morant and even though they stole a game against the Nets that were without Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, they got blown out by the Celtics and then beat a Hornets Team that received 2 of 22 combined shots from Terry Rozier and Devonte Graham

I won’t be sold on the Grizzlies without Morant While this is generally a profitable place, I don’t recommend getting the points

With injuries to both teams, I bow down and it was generally profitable to bet with the Lakers Unders in the LeBron era, and since early 2018 the under for LA has been 90-68-1

It was also profitable to be underdog when the home team is a double digit underdog since 2005 the taking hits 523% of the time in this situation per BetLabs

If Caldwell-Pope isn’t playing, shoot the bottom as I think the Lakers rotations will be damaged if he plays I’ll take the Lakers 1 hour before this game extends to garbage time

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