NBA Picks: Clippers vs. Grizzlies

Thursday, December 5, 2013 3:29 PM UTC

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

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.
<p style="text-align:center"> <style type="text/css"><!-- br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;} --></style> <span style="font-size:13px;font-family:arial,sans,sans-serif;font-weight:bold;color:#000000;text-align:left"></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Let’s take a closer look at the <a href="/betting-odds/nba-basketball/" title="Live NBA Odds &amp; Basketball Betting Lines" target="_blank">NBA odds</a> for this Western Conference matchup at the FedExForum, with the opening tip scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET.</span></p> <p style="text-align:center"><span style="font-size:1em"><em>Make sure to also check out our: </em><em><a target="_blank" title="NBA Pick: Thursday Picks of the Day" href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/nba-picks-thursday-nba-picks-predictions-a-35552/">NBA Thursday Picks of the Day</a></em><br /></span></p> <p><b>Lack of intensity</b></p> <p>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.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>The <a target="_blank" title="Current NBA Team Stats" href="/nba-basketball/betting-stats/">Clippers are allowing 102.1 points per game</a>—the sixth most in the league heading into Thursday’s action.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>It’s important to point out that the franchise is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games when playing on zero days rest.</p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">Alternated pattern</b></p> <p>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.</p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">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.</span><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p><b>Revenge</b><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p><a href="" title="Share your thoughts with fellow NBA Handicappers in our betting forums" target="_blank">NBA handicappers</a> 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.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>Los Angeles has compiled a 16-9 ATS record when trying to avenge a home loss the last two-plus seasons.</p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">An interesting development</b><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>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 <a target="_blank" title="NBA Betting: Western Conference Playoffs Future Odds" href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/nba-betting-western-conference-playoffs-future-odds-a-33788/">Western Conference team</a> with a better record on the road than at home.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>[gameodds]5/249165/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]</p> <p><b>Prediction</b><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>I’m going to recommend that readers back the Clippers with their <a href="/nba-basketball/" title="Free NBA Picks &amp; Basketball Betting Predictions" target="_blank">NBA picks</a>, as they’ve gone 4-1 ATS in their last five road games versus a team with a losing home record.</p> <p><span style="font-size:1em"><strong>NBA Pick:</strong>  Los Angeles Clippers +1.5</span></p>
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