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2021 NBA Handicapping
(23-11) Los Angeles Clippers vs. Memphis Grizzlies (14-14)
Date: Friday, February 26th
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: FedEx Forum, Memphis, TN.
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Clippers -6.5
NBA Betting Total: 226.5
Friday, February 26th, finds the Los Angeles Clippers on the road to play the Memphis Grizzlies playing their second game of a back-to-back set versus each other.
In the opening match of the two-game series, the Grizzlies shocked the Clippers winning 122-94.
The Clippers hold the all-time advantage with a record of 50 wins in the 95 matches played. Last season, the squads played three times with the Clippers taking two of the three meetings.
Los Angeles Clippers
It sure looked like the Clippers weren’t ready for the Grizzlies on Thursday or prepared properly to take away their advantages.
Though they held the early 27-24 lead after the initial frame, Memphis took the second quarter 37-26 and had scored 42 points in the paint before the half was complete.
Neither of the Clippers superstars had big nights as Kawhi Leonard was limited to 17 points while Paul George scored 13 on a cold 3 of 12 shooting night.
Neither one of them shot well from deep as they combined for 2 of 9 from the perimeter. Serge Ibaka (13) and Reggie Jackson (12) were the other double-figure contributors.
While the Clippers added Ibaka plus have Ivica Zubac and Marcus Morris Sr. as other big man options, the Grizzlies exposed their paint protection issues and may have bolstered trade action for the Clippers whose only goal is the title.
Patrick Patterson (personal) is listed as out Friday.
The new wave of the NBA is perimeter shooting and lots of it. While teams have embraced the perimeter they’ve abandoned the mid-range and the traditional big man is being replaced with bigs who can shoot from all areas of the court and possess a more diverse skillset.
The one team utilizing a different strategy is the Memphis Grizzlies who capitalize on the makeup of their roster and bigs who present issues for the copious clubs who’ve elected to switch to rosters feature more small-ball lineups.
Sure, they still shoot 3-pointers, but they only put up 30.5 attempts per game where they rank 26th. But, it’s the paint where the Grizzlies hold a huge advantage over the competition.
They rank first in the association averaging 54.6 paint points per game. In the match Thursday they easily matched their average scoring 42 points in the paint by the half and finished with an astounding 72 PIP.
For perspective, the Clippers who average 42.6 PIP scored only 24 points in the paint. For those counting — that’s a 48 point advantage differential
The Grizzlies also won the fast-break battle (21 to 4) and they protected the ball only turning it over seven times.
Brooks (thigh) and Killian Tillie (foot) are questionable for Saturday. Jaren Jackson (knee), and Justise Winslow (hip) have yet to play this season.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Grizzlies are 7-3 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The Grizzlies are 6-4 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 6-4 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
Free Los Angeles Clippers vs. Memphis Grizzlies NBA Prediction:
Postgame, Paul George agreed the immediate rematch offered an opportunity to even the score and correct the issues from the loss.
The Clippers have played three prior same team/venue series sweeping the Thunder and splitting the sets versus the Warriors and Jazz. Memphis has played two sets getting swept by the Lakers while sweeping the Spurs.
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