Los Angeles Clippers vs. Memphis Grizzlies - 4/11/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Memphis Grizzlies (53-25) at Los Angeles Clippers (53-26)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 10:00 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -8 -- Over/Under: 196.5 See the Latest Odds
The Memphis Grizzlies invade Staples Center to battle the Los Angeles Clippers tonight.
The Memphis Grizzlies have won four of their last five overall and will be looking for a third straight win after sneaking past the Jazz in an 89-88 win on Friday. Marc Gasol led the scoring with 22 points while Beno Udrih added 20 points on nine of 13 shooting, but the scoring contributions continued as the entire starting lineup each scored 14 points or more. Neither Mike Conley nor Tony Allen suited up for this game, so with a makeshift backcourt, the Grizzlies struggled at first but got the win with a 16-6 run to close out the game and improve to 54-25 which gives them a lead of half a game ahead of the surging Spurs who are now in third place.
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Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers have won 11 of their last 12 games overall and dodged a bullet on Tuesday when they escaped with a 105-100 win over the Lakers. Blake Griffin and JJ Redick led the team with 27 points each while Chris Paul added 19 points and 10 assists, but while the Clippers were able to blowout the Lakers by 25 points on Sunday, they really had to battle in what should have been another easy win on Thursday. Despite not quite playing at their best, the Clippers still managed to squeeze out the win and improve to 53-26 which puts them in fifth place with an equal record to the sixth placed Rockets.
In ATS trends, the Grizzlies are 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games against a team above .600 and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against the Western Conference, while the Clippers are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games overall and 1-5 ATS in their last six home games.
Head to head, the Grizzlies are 9-2 ATS in the last 11 meetings and 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings in Los Angeles.
This does seem like a hefty line for what is usually a close matchup, but the Grizzlies will struggle against Paul and the Clippers if they don't have their usual backcourt and that's what I think will happen tonight.