The Grizzlies visit Lob City and the Clippers for a battle between two dominant Western Conference squads battling for the top four seeds. Get NBA odds at Bovada sportsbook.
Memphis (43-19) has been quite the force this season behind a fantastic record and dominating play inside from Zach Randolph, who is averaging a double-double, and Marc Gasol. The Grizz currently sit in fourth place in the West, a game behind the Clippers and a game in front of the Denver Nuggets. Memphis, however, has lost both meetings with the Clippers earlier this year but are on a 5-game win streak leading up to the matchup with LA.
The Clippers (45-20) are showing their worth as a top three team in the super-competitive Western Conference. In their last game, a 32-point blowout at home to Detroit, DeAndre Jordan showed Brandon Knight why nobody should try and block LA’s constant alley-oop attempts. The Clippers are still in shouting distance of West-leading Spurs (four games back) and virtually anything can happen between the seeds one and five the rest of the way.
Both teams are very solid ATS; Grizzlies are 36-24-1, Clippers are 37-28. In home games, LA is 20-12 ATS while Memphis is 18-10 on the road. Both teams are coming off victories, and in those circumstances Memphis is 24-17 while LA is 27-17. Rarely do you find teams with winning records ATS in all of these major categories facing off against one another.
For a prediction, it is going to be a close one, but the Clippers are the pick. Los Angeles has the bigs in Jordan and Blake Griffin that can match Memphis’ size and strength inside. Chris Paul is playing like the All-Star MVP he is and they have the shooters around those three to put teams away so take LA at sportsbooks.