The Los Angeles Clippers (24-13) travel to face off against the Memphis Grizzlies (14-23) on Friday, January 12th. This game will be played at FedExForum in Memphis and televised on BSSE. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET.
Clippers vs Grizzlies
The Clippers Are Coming Off A Win
Most recently, the Clippers bested the Raptors with a score of 126-120. As the second half got underway, the Clippers were leading by a score of 58-57.
As they get ready to play today, the Clippers have an overall record of 24-13 and have gone 2-1 in their last three games. When playing against other Western Conference teams, the Clippers are 18-10 compared to a 6-3 record in non-conference games.
Presently, Los Angeles boasts an ATS record of 19-18, which is above .500 against the spread. When playing on the road, the Clippers hold an ATS record of 8-9 in contrast to a 11-9 record against the spread when playing at home.
The Grizzlies Are Coming Off A Win
In the game against the Mavericks, Desmond Bane was the top scorer for Memphis, recording 32 points. His field goal percentage for the game was 48.4%. The Grizzlies picked up a 120-103 win, and Marcus Smart also added 23 points which was 2nd on the team.
Coming into today’s game, the Grizzlies have won three in a row and have an overall record of 14-23. In the Western Conference, they are 13th and are 4th in the Southwest division.
So far, Memphis’ ATS record is below .500 at 16-21. The Grizzlies have been unable to cover the spread in their last three games as favorites, and they hold a 11-13 record against the spread when playing as underdogs.
Clippers Offense Breakdown
The Clippers come into today’s game as one of the better scoring teams in the NBA at 117.4 points per game (9th).
One of the most efficient offenses in the league, the Clippers are 5th in field goal percentage and 4th in true shooting percentage. They are also 2nd in three-point shooting at 39%. In terms of scoring, the Clippers are 9th in the NBA at 117.4 points per game.
When it comes to pace, the Clippers are 26th in the league at 97.3 possessions per game. In terms of two-point shooting, they are 12th in the NBA at 55%.
So far this season, the Clippers have outscored the NBA scoring average in 54.1% of their games. On the road, they are averaging 117.2 points per game compared to 117.6 at home.
Grizzlies Offense Breakdown
This season, the Memphis offense is ranked 29th in the NBA in scoring at 108.1 points per game.
So far this season, the Grizzlies are 29th in the NBA in scoring at 108.1 points per game. At home, they are averaging even fewer points at 104.3 per game.
Despite their low scoring average, the Grizzlies are 13th in the league in pace at 99.5 possessions per game. They are also 5th in the NBA in three-point attempts.
When it comes to field goal percentage, the Grizzlies are 29th in the league at 44%. In terms of assists, they are 27th in the NBA.
Clippers Team Defense
Los Angeles’ defense has been playing well, ranking 8th in the NBA with 111.8 points allowed per game. On two point field goal attempts, the Clippers’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 53.3% and allowing 35.4% from beyond the arc.
Grizzlies Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Grizzlies defense has held opposing team’s to fewer points than the league average in 40.5% of their games. Currently, they are 13th in the NBA at 113.2 points per game allowed. In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Grizzlies defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 51.9% while allowing 38.3% from downtown.
Key Players For The Clippers And Grizzlies
Our projections for today’s game indicate that Kawhi Leonard will be the primary scorer for the Clippers, with 24 points and going 9/17 from the field. Throughout this season, his average stands at 24 points per game, along with 6 rebounds.
On the other side, Desmond Bane is our projected leading scorer for the Grizzlies. We have him ending the game with a team-high 23 and grabbing 5 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 47.7% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 24.7 points per game.
Clippers vs Grizzlies Trends
- Across their last five road contests, Los Angeles has been good against the spread posting a mark of 3-2. Their overall mark in these games was 3-2, while averaging 116 points per game.
- In their last ten games at home, the Grizzlies have a straight up record of 6-4 while going 6-4 vs. the spread. The team averaged 113 points per game in this stretch.
- Going back to their last ten games as the underdog, the Grizzlies have a straight up record of 6-4. But, their mark vs the spread was just 6-4.
- Looking back on the team’s last ten games as the favorite, the Clippers have a straight up record of 9-1. Their record vs the spread in these games was 7-3.
For a point-spread wager in this Clippers vs. Grizzlies game, we suggest taking the Grizzlies at +7.5. Even though our predictions have the Clippers winning 115-110, we see the Grizzlies as the better choice on the point-spread.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 227 and given that our model is projecting 225 points between the teams, we like the under.
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