L.A. Clippers at Memphis Grizzlies
|Date & Time||Friday February 22, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Memphis +2 -- Over/Under 214
The Memphis Grizzlies play host to the Los Angeles Clippers at the FedEx Forum on Friday night.
The Los Angeles Clippers have been in decent shape as they’ve won eight of their last 14 games and they will be looking to keep things rolling after blowing past the Suns in a 134-107 home win on Feb 13. Lou Williams led the way with 30 points and 10 assists off the bench, Danilo Gallinari added 20 points, Montrezl Harrell added 19 points while Iviva Zubac chipped in with 16 points. As a team, the Clippers shot a sizzling 59 percent from the field and 11 of 22 from the 3-point line as they cruised against the struggling Suns after taking a 16-point lead going into halftime. With the easy win, Los Angeles improved to 32-27 overall and 16-12 at home.
Meanwhile, the Memphis Grizzlies have one eye on the upcoming lottery draft as they’ve lost six of their last nine games and they will be hoping to avoid a third straight defeat after falling to the Bulls in a 122-110 road loss on Feb 13. Avery Bradley led the team in scoring with 15 points and five assists while Mike Conley, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Jonas Valanciunas each scored 12 points. As a team, the Grizzlies shot 48 percent from the field and 11 of 31 from the 3-point line as they hung with the Bulls, but they just couldn’t get over the hump as they had no answer for Otto Porter Jr. who poured in 37 points on 16 of 20 shooting from the field. With the loss, Memphis fell to 23-36 overall and 9-21 on the road.
Looking at the betting trends, the Clippers are 17-5-1 ATS in their last 23 games playing on three or more days rest, 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a losing record and 0-4 ATS in their last four games following a win. The Grizzlies are 5-0 ATS in their last five home games, 8-17 ATS in their last 25 games against a team with a winning record and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
Head to head, the over is 7-2 in the last nine meetings, the Clippers are 3-1-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall and 3-1-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Memphis.
We expected the Clippers to just fall off the map after trading away their leading scorer in Tobias Harris but instead they poured on 134 points in a blowout win over the hapless Suns in their last outing. The Grizzlies are in the same boat as they’re clearly looking to rebuild after trading away their big man in Marc Gasol to the Raptors. It’s hard to pick this one as neither team is looking to sneak into the playoffs, but the Clippers are 3-1-1 ATS in the last five meetings and they are still the better team on paper.