NBA Picks: Grizzlies vs. Clippers Game 2

Jeff Grant

Monday, April 22, 2013 12:19 PM GMT

The Los Angeles Clippers carried over their momentum from the regular season against the Memphis Grizzlies last Saturday, as the two teams prepare to meet in Game 2.


Let’s take a closer look at the NBA odds for this Western Conference quarterfinals matchup at the Staples Center, with the opening tip scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET on TNT.

Dominated

Memphis suffered a 112-91 defeat to Los Angeles as 5.5-point road underdogs in Game 1 last Saturday, as it was outscored 25-5 in second chance points, while going well OVER the betting total of 178.5. 

The Grizzlies were 3-0 straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) during the regular season when revenging a loss when surrendering 110 or more points, with the OVER cashing in two of those three affairs. 

Momentum 

Los Angeles carried over the momentum it created in putting together a seven-game win streak to close out the 2012-13 regular season—covering the number in six of its last eight contests.

The Clippers are 9-1 SU and 5-5 ATS off a home blowout win by 20 points or more, with no edge in that situation in terms of the total (5-5 Over/Under).

Winning team has gotten the cash 

NBA handicappers will find that the winning team has covered the number in all five meetings between the Clippers and Grizzlies (including the postseason), while the UNDER is 3-2 in those opportunities. 

It’s important to point out that the winner has covered those games by an average of 14.8 points, while these two conference rivals have fallen short of the total in six of the last eight meetings overall.

Defense 

The Grizzlies had only one game during the regular season in which they allowed as many as 112 points, as they led the league in allowing 89.5 points per game by holding 71 of 82 opponents under the century mark. 

Los Angeles is certainly one of the better offensive teams in the league, considering it finished with seven players in double figures in the series opener, while the bench finished fourth in the NBA in scoring 40.1 points per game.

[gameodds]5/226781/43/us[/gameodds]

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Clippers as one of their NBA picks in Game 2, as they’ve gone 11-4 SUATS as home favorites of 3.5 to 6 points the last two-plus seasons, while the Grizzlies are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games versus a team with a winning record. 

NBA Pick:  Los Angeles Clippers -5 at Bookmaker