The Clippers look to get back in the win column when they host the Memphis Grizzlies tonight at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Game time is 10:35 PM ET and will be televised on TNT as part of the networks Thursday night doubleheader.

The Clippers opened as -3.5 point favorites with the total at 191.5. At the moment, ealry sports betting action has been fairly even, with the total falling slightly to 191 at some sportsbooks. With only two games slated for tonight, look for the betting action to increase, meaning that the NBA odds could swing in our favor.

Chris Paul

The Clippers (9-6 SU, 8-7 ATS) are coming off a 97-91 loss to the Lakers that cost them sole possession of first-place in the NBA Pacific Division. It also spoiled the return of Chris Paul who had missed the last six games with a hamstring injury. Paul played 27 minutes and had four points on 2 of 8 shooting and dished out a game-high 12 assists.

Blake Griffin scored a game high 26 points, but the Clippers didn’t have an answer for Kobe Bryant who scored 24 and Pau Gasol who added 23 points with 10 rebounds. Although the game was played at Staples, it was deemed a road game for the Clippers, who are now 1-4 when wearing the visiting colors as opposed to a record of 8-2 SU (7-3 ATS) as the home team.

Problems in Portland

Memphis (10-7 SU, 9-8 ATS) is coming off a 97-84 loss in Portland on Tuesday. The Blazers ferocious defense held the Grizzlies to 38 percent shooting (34-of-90) and limited the Grizz’ to just one field goal in the first nine minutes of the second half when they shot 1 of 11 to start the third period. Memphis' starting five scored just 36 points and was 15 of 51 from the field. Rudy Gay, Memphis' leading scorer at 18.9 points per game, had just 11. O.J. Mayo came off the bench to lead the Grizzlies with 20 points. Portland also out-rebounded Memphis 50-39.

The Grizzlies stumbled at the start losing six of their first nine games both straight up and ATS. They suffered a big blow when Zach Randolph tore knee ligaments in a January 1 game against the Bulls that will keep him sidelined until March. Randolph was averaging 14.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game when he went down. For his career, the former Michigan State star is averaging 18 points and 10 boards per outing.

Numbers game

Marc Gasol continues to be double-trouble for the opposition. He’s averaging a double-double (14.7 points, 10.2 rebounds per game) and leads in blocked shots and field goal shooting (52.7 percent).

Overall Memphis is 14th in the league in scoring (95.1) and seventh in field goal percentage (45.9). However the Grizzlies have struggled from beyond the arc, shooting just 31.1 percent.

Defensively, Memphis is 10th in points allowed (92.6), 12th in field goal percent (43.7) and 19th in guarding the 3-point shot (34.4 percent).

Heading into Wednesday night’s game against the Lakers, the Clippers were 8th in the NBA in scoring (97.4 ppg), 11th in field goal percentage (45.2) and 15th in 3-point shooting (34.6 percent). Defensively, Los Angeles is in the bottom third of the league in most of the important categories. LA is 20th in points allowed (96.1 ppg), 18th in field goal percentage (44.1) and 28th in guarding the trey (37.3).


The Clippers have lost consecutive games just once this season, while going 4-1 ATS after a defeat.

Memphis has won six of its last seven SU and is on a 5-1 ATS streak. This will be its third game in four nights, and it must be noted that only one of those opponents that the Grizzlies beat during the streak were within three games of .500

Harvey’s Take: I’ll add the Clippers and the ‘under’ to my NBA picks tonight. The Clippers blew an 11-point second half lead in losing to the Lakers so they’ll be anxious to get things turned around a Grizzlies team that is just 3-4 (SU and ATS) on the road and are scoring just 84.9 PPG on the road.

Good luck!