Memphis Grizzlies (12-5) vs Los Angeles Clippers (11-6)Date : 11/23/2018
Time : 3:30 pm EST
Location : Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Memphis Grizzlies vs Los Angeles Clippers
Two solid teams in the Memphis Grizzlies and the Los Angeles Clippers will do battle at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. eastern time. The Grizzlies have won five straight games and continued their winning ways on the road versus the San Antonio Spurs in their last outing in picking up the 104 – 103 win as Mike Conley and Marc Gasol continued their stellar streak of play as Conley put in 30 points on the night while Gasol had 20 in the win.
The Los Angeles Clippers have been outstanding lately as well yet lost their last outing on the road versus the Washington Wizards by a 125 – 118 score despite shooting 51% from the floor along with 40% from 3 point range. They allowed the Wizards to shoot only 43% from the floor along with 33% from 3 point range; However, 19 turnovers for the Clippers doomed their chances of getting the victory in this contest. The over has been the result in the last four meetings amongst these teams at Staples Center while the Grizzlies have covered the spread in only one of the last six meetings against the Clippers.
Memphis Grizzlies's Latest Performance :
The Memphis Grizzlies and their physical style of basketball is paying dividends early on in the 2018 campaign. As stated, they have won five games in a row while holding down the top spot in the Southwest Division of the Western Conference. The two catalyst for their winning ways are the continued outstanding play of Marc Gasol and Mike Conley, who played solid once again versus a Spurs squad on the road in their last timeout in combining for 49 points. Conley Also had 9 assists for the night while Gasol had 10 rebounds in the victory as the Grizzlies shot 48% for the night while holding the Spurs two only 43% shooting for the game.
Again, Memphis physical style of play certainly made it tough for LaMarcus Aldridge in this game as he shot 6-24 the night while finishing with 19 points while DeMar DeRozan was the leading scorer for the Spurs and scoring 24 points while going 10-20 on the night. Nonetheless, the Grizzlies will certainly be looking to add to their winning streak with a win over a Clipper squad that has won their last four home games while going 3-1 ATS during this time.
Los Angeles Clippers 's Latest Performance :
The Los Angeles Clippers certainly do not have many problems scoring the ball. Tobias Harris leads the team in scoring with 22 points per game while also pulling down 9 rebounds per contest while Montrezl Harrell has also provided a huge lift to a team that is very young yet has tremendous upside. Harris led the team in scoring versus the Wizards with 29 points on the night along with nine rebounds as he went 4-6 from 3-point range. Also, Harrell had 20 points in the loss as he went 9-13 for the game with Lou Williams finishing with 17 points off the bench.
As stated, the Clippers, prior to this game, had won five straight games yet their game with Washington was the second game of a back-to-back which essentially gave Washington the upper hand. The Clippers simply threw the ball away too much versus the Wizards and ultimately ruined their chances of picking up a win that they, quite frankly, should have had. With that being said, they look to pick up a huge win over a dominating, physical team in the Memphis Grizzlies that has also played well in their own right.
How Memphis Grizzlies & Los Angeles Clippers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Memphis is 12 – 5 ATS while the OU is 7 – 11
Los Angeles is 10 – 7 ATS while the OU is 11 – 6
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
It would also be important to note that the Memphis Grizzlies are 3-0 ATS and their last three road games as well. With that being the case, expect these two teams to both come into this game with a healthy amount of confidence that they can certainly pick up the win. However, this will certainly be a battle from start to finish as Memphis will look to slow down the pace of the game while using their physical style in which to dictate the pace of the game. On the other hand, the Clippers will look to push the pace at every opportunity in an effort to keep the pace of the game at their style. It all, this game will certainly be an interesting and exciting one with teams with very differing styles.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Memphis Grizzlies
My reason for the pick :
While I happen to like the Clippers very much, I will have to back the Memphis Grizzlies in this contest as they have not only proven that they have what it takes to win consistently at home but, they have also illustrated the ability to win on the road throughout the season as well. Also, Mike Conley and Marc Gasol have been playing great basketball thus far in the season and will likely continue in this matchup as they will certainly continue to play their slow-paced, physical brand of basketball versus the Clippers. Of course, Los Angeles will look to push the pace a bit in this matchup, however, the Grizzlies will control the pace nd will wear down the home team over time it which to get the victory.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
The Clippers are ranked 3rd in the league in averaging 118 points per game. On the other hand, the Grizzlies are only giving up 100 points per game to their opponent. Also, the Grizzlies are simply not known to score many points during games as they have a defensive philosophy that totally revolves around using physicality in which two neutralize opposing offenses. With that being the case, look for the under to be the strong play in this matchup as I see both defenses having solid nights.
Betting trends for Memphis Grizzlies:
- Over is 4-0 in Grizzlies last 4 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Grizzlies are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Friday games.
Grizzlies are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win.
Betting trends for Los Angeles Clippers :
- L.A. Clippers Over is 6-0 in Clippers last 6 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
Over is 5-0 in Clippers last 5 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
Over is 6-0 in Clippers last 6 overall.