Memphis Grizzlies vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 12/5/13
Los Angeles Clippers (12-6) at Memphis Grizzlies (9-8)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 8:00 pm (FedExForum)
The Line: Memphis Grizzlies -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Zach Randolph could return for the Memphis Grizzlies when they take on the Los Angeles Clippers tonight.
The Clippers look to avoid a third straight loss tonight after losing to the Hawks by 107-97 yesterday. Blake Griffin led the team with 24 points on 10 of 17 shooting, while Chris Paul contributed 19 points and 11 assists, but once again the Clippers were without JJ Redick who just spreads the floor with his ability to make threes in bunches. However, it's actually on the defensive end where the Clippers need to improve the most as they allowed the Hawks to shoot 51.2 percent from the field, led by Paul Millsap and Kyle Korver who scored 25 and 23 points respectively.
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Meanwhile, the Grizzlies have had to deal with the absences of some key players themselves as Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol have missed time recently and it has really stopped them in their tracks. However, they do come into this game off an impressive win as they blew past the Suns by 110-91 on Tuesday thanks to 23 points from Jon Leuer and 21 points from Ed Davis. Mike Conley also added 18 points and 14 assists as the Grizzlies outscored the Suns by 64-37 in the second half to claim just their second win in the last five outings. Memphis is now 9-8 on the season and 4-5 at home.
In ATS trends, the Clippers are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games playing on no days rest, while the Grizzlies are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a win of more than 10 points and 2-9 ATS in their last 11 home games.
Head to head, the Clippers are 0-6 ATS in the last six meetings and the Under is 5-2 in the last seven meetings in Memphis.
Zach Randolph is expected to play tonight so I definitely think that the edge goes to the Grizzlies in this one, especially at home.