Memphis Grizzlies vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 11/23/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Clippers (7-4) at Memphis Grizzlies (11-2)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 6:00 pm (FedExForum)
The Line: Memphis Grizzlies -3 -- Over/Under: 198 See the Latest Odds
TV: PT, SPSO
Two of the best teams in the NBA square off as the Memphis Grizzlies host the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night at FedEx Forum.
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The Los Angeles Clippers are 7-4 to start the year which includes a 3-1 mark on the road, although the road wins came against Lakers, Magic and Heat (none of whom are above .500). Blake Griffin is predictably leading the charge for LA averaging 23 points per game although his rebounding is down with just seven per game thus far. Of course DeAndre Jordan is still averaging 12.2 rebounds per game as the duo represents one of the more difficult tandems down low to guard in the entire league. Chris Paul is averaging 18 points and ten assists per game and looks to be in form shooting the basketball with a 50.3% mark from the field. The Clippers are struggling with the three point shot though as Jamal Crawford and JJ Reddick are both below 35% from behind the arc. The Clippers can score the basketball with a talented roster but the defense is pretty pedestrian ranking 18th in the league in points allowed while conceding 100.6 points per game.
The Memphis Grizzlies have the best record in the NBA at 11-2 and own a perfect 7-0 record thus far on their home court. Memphis lacks a lot of the flash that draws the casual fan into the game but it’s hard to argue with their defensive approach that’s resulted in allowing just 92.5 points per game on average this year. Marc Gasol is a big part of the team’s defensive strength protecting the rim down low, but the 6th year center also leads the team in scoring with 19 points per game and is coming off a 32 point performance in his last outing against the Celtics on Friday night. Adding to the cause down low is PF Zach Randolph who averages 16.5 points and 12 rebounds per game; the Grizzlies definitely have the personnel to match the Clippers’ formidable paint presence and we should see some great one-on-one battles here. Mike Conley is one of the better defensive point guards in the league and will have a better chance than most perhaps of slowing down Chris Paul, but really Memphis would like to be able to count of the assistance of Tony Allen, who has missed the last two games with the stomach virus that proliferated through the Grizzlies locker room this past week.
The Grizzlies are a solid team but I don’t think they can stay unbeaten at home forever which has me taking a shot on the moneyline for plus odds with a good Clippers team. These teams know each other well and have battled enough in the postseason to make an upset plausible.