In this high caliber Western duel between two of the top-3 squads of the conference, the third Los Angeles Clippers (11-6), who saw a lengthy winning streak end and are looking to bounce back, are hosting the first Memphis Grizzlies (12-5), who want to extend a lengthy winning streak of their own.
Date/Time: 11-23-2018, 15:30 EDT
Spread: Los Angeles Clippers -4.5
Los Angeles Clippers have a 11-6 record (10-7 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with two more teams in the third place of the West. In their last game they saw a five-game winning streak getting snapped by losing on the road against the Wizards with a 118-125 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Tobias Harris with 21.4 ppg, adding a team high 8.7 boards per game. He is followed by Lou Williams with 18.8 ppg, while Danilo Gallinari adds 18.6 ppg and 5.7 boards.
Memphis Grizzlies have a 12-5 record (12-5 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the first place of the West. They have won seven of their last eight matches and in their last game they won on the road against the Spurs with a 104-103 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Mike Conley with 20.2 ppg, adding a team high 6.1 dimes per game. He is followed by Marc Gasol with 17 ppg, 3.8 dimes and a team high 9.6 boards per game.
In their four meetings last season each team won twice and were 1-1 in LA (Clippers won by 8 points and Grizzlies by 16). Clippers have a 7-1 home record this season, while the Grizzlies are 5-4 on the road. Clippers are better offensively, scoring 117.9 ppg to Grizzlies’ 103.1, while Grizzlies have the best defense in the league, allowing 100.2 ppg to Clippers’ 113.5. Clippers have better percentages both in field goals (47.5% to 45.4%) and in 3-pointers (38.5% to 36.9%). They are also better in boards grabbed (46.6 to 38.9), while grizzlies are better both in dimes made (23.1 to 22.4) and in turnovers committed (12.6 to 14.2). It is going to be a close game and Vegas odds give the Clippers a -4.5 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds as the tough Grizzlies will definitely force a closer game than that.
Memphis Grizzlies vs Los Angeles Clippers Prediction: Memphis Grizzlies +4.5 (-111)
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