In this all-Western showdown, the sixth and the second-best squads of the conference are clashing, when the Memphis Grizzlies (13-9), who have won only once in their last five games, are hosting the Los Angeles Clippers (16-7), who on the other hand have lost only once in their last six.
Date/Time: 12-05-2018, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Memphis Grizzlies -1.5
Memphis Grizzlies have a 13-9 record (13-9 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 5th place of the West. They have lost four of their last five matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Sixers with a 95-103 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Mike Conley with 21.1 ppg, adding a team high 6.6 dimes per game. He is followed by Marc Gasol with 18 ppg, 4 dimes and a team high 9.4 boards per game.
Los Angeles Clippers have a 16-7 record (15-8 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Nuggets in the first place of the West. They have won five of their last six matches and in their last game they won on the road against the Pelicans with a 129-126 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Tobias Harris 21.6 ppg, adding a team high 8.4 boards per game. He is followed by Danilo Gallinari with 19.2 ppg and 6 boards, while Lou Williams adds 17.8 ppg.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Clippers won at home with a 112-107 score in overtime. Grizzlies have a 7-3 home record this season, while the Clippers are 7-6 on the road. Clippers are better offensively, scoring 117.7 ppg to Grizzlies’ 104.4, while Grizzlies are better defensively, allowing 104.4 ppg to Clippers’ 112.9. Clippers have better percentages both in field goals (47.6% to 45.7%) and in 3-pointers (38.3% to 36.9%). They are also better in boards grabbed (46.3 to 39.3), while Grizzlies are better both in dimes made (23.7 to 22.6) and in turnovers committed (12.8 to 13.4). Grizzlies hare struggling lately and Vegas odds give them a -1.5 spread for this game and expect them to bounce back and beat the odds against a mediocre on the road Clippers squad.
Los Angeles Clippers vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction: Memphis Grizzlies -1.5 (-109)
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