NBA Picks: Clippers vs. Grizzlies

Jeff Grant

Thursday, December 5, 2013 3:29 PM GMT

Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 3:29 PM GMT

The Los Angeles Clippers’ seven-game road trip got off to an awful start, but they may have been looking ahead to gaining revenge against the Memphis Grizzlies Thursday night.

Let’s take a closer look at the NBA odds for this Western Conference matchup at the FedExForum, with the opening tip scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET.

Make sure to also check out our: NBA Thursday Picks of the Day

Lack of intensity

Los Angeles has lost back-to-back games for the first time during the 2013-14 NBA campaign, including a 107-97 defeat to the Atlanta Hawks as 2.5-point road favorites Wednesday, while going OVER the total in each of those affairs. 

The Clippers are allowing 102.1 points per game—the sixth most in the league heading into Thursday’s action. 

It’s important to point out that the franchise is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games when playing on zero days rest.

Alternated pattern

Memphis has alternated wins and losses over its last four games, as it comes off a 110-91 victory over the Phoenix Suns as 2.5-point home favorites Tuesday, while going OVER the betting total of 192.

The Grizzlies have played their last two games without star power forward Zach Randolph, who is listed as probable with a toe injury for this affair. 

Revenge 

NBA handicappers need to take a long look at the Clippers as road underdogs, considering they’ll be motivated to gain revenge from a 106-102 home defeat to the Grizzlies on Nov. 18. 

Los Angeles has compiled a 16-9 ATS record when trying to avenge a home loss the last two-plus seasons.

An interesting development 

The Grizzlies have been known to play some of their best basketball at this venue over the last few years, but they’ll enter this matchup as the only Western Conference team with a better record on the road than at home.

Memphis has failed to cover the number in nine of its last 11 home games, but it has gone 6-0 ATS in the last six overall meetings in this series.

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Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Clippers with their NBA picks, as they’ve gone 4-1 ATS in their last five road games versus a team with a losing home record.

NBA Pick:  Los Angeles Clippers +1.5

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