Memphis Grizzlies (29-27) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (40-19)
The Los Angeles Clippers look to continue their winning ways when they take on the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday. The Clippers defeated Minnesota on Sunday, 124-105 for their eighth victory out of their last nine games. The Clippers take on Portland on Tuesday, but this preview was written prior to the conclusion of that contest. Memphis lost to Denver on Monday in double overtime, 139-137. That snapped a two-game winning streak for the Grizzlies.
The Clippers are favored by 5.0 points in this game. Los Angeles defeated Memphis on December 26, 119-99. The Clippers are 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.
Grizzlies Edged in OvertimeMemphis held an eight-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter on Monday, but could not hold it and then lost in overtime, 139-137. Ja Morant led the Grizzlies with 36 points and 12 assists, coming two rebounds short of a triple-double. Morant was 13 of 24 from the field. Xavier Tillman had a double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds.
Memphis is 11th in scoring at 113.8 points per game and is allowing 112.2 points per contest. They are shooting 46.9% from the field and 36.1% from the three-point range. The team is second in offensive rebounds (11.2), ninth in defensive rebounds (35.1), and fourth in total rebounds (46.3). The Grizzlies are first in steals at 9.5 per game.
Morant leads the team in scoring at 19.0 points per game and is first in assists at 7.4 per contest. The Grizzlies will be without both Jonas Valanciunas (17.0 ppg, 12.6 rpg) and Dillon Brooks (16.8 ppg).
Clippers Roll Over TimberwolvesLos Angeles took a 35-point lead over Minnesota before the Timberwolves mounted a small rally. However, it was not enough as Los Angeles was victorious, 124-105. Paul George led the team with 23 points and seven rebounds. Kawhi Leonard scored 15 points and added 11 rebounds, coming two assists away from a triple-double.
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▪️ League-leading 42.1% from three
▪️ 7 players shooting at least 40% from three this season (min. 70 3PA)
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Los Angeles is fifth in both points per game (115.0) and points allowed per contest (108.1). They are fourth in field-goal percentage (48.5%), first in three-point percentage (42.1%), and first in free-throw percentage (83.7%).
Leonard is averaging 25.7 points per game but will be out for this contest. George is second on the team at 23.6 ppg and is adding 6.3 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game. The Clippers will also be without Serge Ibaka (10.9 ppg, 6.7 rpg).
Los Angeles Clippers:
- 5-1 ATS in their last six games at home.
- 5-1 ATS in their last six home games against a team with a winning record on the road.
- 4-0 ATS in their last four games against teams with a winning record.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
No doubt that Los Angeles having to play on back-to-back nights gives Memphis an edge, but the Clippers are 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 games when playing on zero day’s rest. So, the lack of rest will not be a major issue. Plus, Memphis will be without both Valanciunas and Brooks, two of their top three leading scorers.
The Clippers are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings between these teams in Los Angeles. Plus, they are playing exceptionally good basketball right now, going 14-3 in their last 17 games.
Full-Game Total Pick
The total has not been set for this contest. Memphis has gone over in six straight games when playing on one day’s rest and has gone over in four straight games overall. The Clippers have gone under in five of their last six games when playing on zero day’s rest.
There are some opposing odds here, however, it would not be surprising to see a high-scoring affair. Memphis has scored above 125 points in three straight games while Los Angeles is coming off a 124-point performance against Minnesota. In fact, they have gone over 125 points in four of their last six games.
Expect some big-time points in this contest. Take Los Angeles to win, 125-118.