Clippers vs Grizzlies NBA Preview and Prediction, 03/05/23

Clippers vs Grizzlies NBA Preview and Prediction, 03/05/23

 

Odds

 

Time 10:00 p.m. EST
Clippers money line -265
Clippers spread -7 (-110)
Grizzlies money line +225
Grizzlies spread +7 (-110)
Over / under 228

 

2022-2023 season stats

  Los Angeles Clippers Memphis Grizzlies
Record 33-33 38-24
HOme5/ road record 15-15 12-19
Streak L5 L1
Points per game 112.00 115.00
Points allowed per game 112.00 111.00
Rebounds per game 48.00 44.00
Rebounds allowed per game 44.00 41.00
Over / under record 30-35-1 25-35-2
 

Preview

The Los Angeles Clippers will take on the Memphis Grizzlies on March 5th, 2023, in what promises to be an exciting matchup. Both teams are fighting for playoff spots, and this game could have significant implications for the Western Conference standings. The Clippers are looking to snap their five-game losing streak, while the Grizzlies will be hoping to bounce back after losing against the Nuggets and will be without star player Ja Morant.

 

Los Angeles Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers have had an up-and-down season, but they still have a good chance of making the playoffs. They are currently eighth in the Western Conference with a 33-33 record, and they will be looking to get back on track with a win over the Grizzlies.

One of the biggest strengths of the Clippers is their star players. Paul George is averaging 22.8 points, six rebounds, and 5.1 assists per game, and is having a fantastic season. Kawhi Leonard has also been impressive, averaging 22.4 points and 3.3 assists over his last ten games. If the Clippers are going to win this game, they will need both George and Leonard to have big games.

The Clippers are a solid defensive team, ranking fifth in the league in steals per game with 8.1. They are also good at taking care of the ball, averaging just 13.6 turnovers per game. One area where they may struggle in this game is in the paint, where they allow 48.8 points per game. However, with the absence of Steven Adams for the Grizzlies, the Clippers may be able to neutralize the Grizzlies' strength in the paint.

 

Memphis Grizzlies

TThe Memphis Grizzlies have been one of the most impressive teams in the NBA this season. They currently sit second in the Western Conference with a 38-23 record, and much of their success can be attributed to the play of Ja Morant. The point guard is averaging 27.1 points per game, 6.0 rebounds, and 8.2 assists, and is one of the leading candidates for the MVP award. Unfortunately for the Grizzlies, Morant is out for this game due to injury.

Despite the absence of Morant, the Grizzlies still have a talented team capable of competing with the best in the league. Desmond Bane has been outstanding this season, averaging 19.4 points per game and 3.9 assists over his last ten games. Jaren Jackson Jr. has also been impressive, averaging 15.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.

One area where the Grizzlies excel is in the paint, where they lead the Western Conference with 59.2 points per game. Without Morant, they may struggle to get as many points in the paint, but they have other players who can step up and contribute. The Grizzlies are a strong defensive team, ranking fourth in the league in blocks per game with 6.6

In addition to Morant, the Grizzlies have several other key players who have contributed to the team's success this season. One of those players is Desmond Bane, who has been averaging 19.4 points and 4.7 rebounds while shooting an impressive 51.6% from the field over the last 10 games. Other key contributors for the Grizzlies include Jaren Jackson Jr., Dillon Brooks, and Kyle Anderson, who have all been solid on both ends of the court.

On the offensive side of the ball, the Grizzlies have been scoring an average of 111.6 points per game, which is the 14th highest in the NBA. They are shooting 47.1% from the field and 35.9% from beyond the arc, which places them in the middle of the pack in terms of offensive efficiency. However, their solid ball movement and unselfish play have helped them become one of the most well-rounded teams in the league.

On the defensive end, the Grizzlies have been allowing an average of 107.5 points per game, which is the ninth lowest in the NBA. They have been averaging 9.1 steals and 6.6 blocks per game, which are both top-5 in the league. Their strong defensive play has been anchored by Steven Adams, who is averaging 9.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game, and Dillon Brooks, who has been one of the best perimeter defenders in the league this season.

Overall, the Grizzlies have been one of the most exciting teams to watch this season, with their young and talented core leading the way. They will face a tough challenge against the Clippers, who have been dominant at home this season and currently hold the best record in the NBA in their own arena.

 

BETTING TRENDS

The total has gone OVER in 8 of Los Angeles's last 11 games.

Los Angeles are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games.

Los Angeles are 3-6 ATS in their last 9 games against Memphis.

Los Angeles are 9-4 SU in their last 13 games against Memphis.

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Los Angeles's last 6 games on the road.

The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Los Angeles's last 9 games when playing on the road against Memphis.

Memphis are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Memphis' last 14 games.

Memphis are 4-10 SU in their last 14 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Memphis' last 6 games against Los Angeles.

Memphis are 17-3 SU in their last 20 games at home.

 

Prediction

The Grizzlies have struggled on the road this season, winning just 14 of their 31 away games. Furthermore, they have lost their last two games without Morant, and it may take some time for them to adjust to playing without their star player.

The Clippers are also playing at home, where they have a 15-15 record this season. They will be desperate to snap their five-game losing streak and start winning games again. With Paul George and Kawhi Leonard leading the way, the Clippers have a good chance of doing just that.

In terms of the point spread, the Clippers are favored by seven points. This is a relatively large spread, but given the Clippers' recent struggles, it may be a sign that the oddsmakers believe the Clippers are due for a big win. The absence of Morant for the Grizzlies could also make it difficult for them to keep the game close. 

 

PICK: Clippers -7 (-110)

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