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Dan Hunter 21 Apr 2021
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Memphis Grizzlies @ LA Clippers Tips


The Memphis Grizzlies will take on the LA Clippers in an NBA Western Conference regular season game on Thursday, April 22. This will be the third and final time these two teams will have played each other in 2021; the Grizzlies beat the Clippers 122-94 in February, but LA won the rematch the following day 119-99. 

The LA Clippers are currently third in the Western Conference, while the Memphis Grizzlies are back in eighth. The top ten teams in both conferences progress to the NBA playoffs after the termination of the regular season. The Clippers look set to be seeded, while the Grizzlies will be given a wild card berth, as long as they remain within the top-ten. 

Memphis go into this game off the back of a particularly painful loss to Denver on Tuesday – the Nuggets only won the match 139-137 after an overtime shootout. The LA Clippers  have won nine of their last ten games, and go into this match off the back of a one-point win over Portland on Tuesday, 113-112. 

I’m backing the Grizzlies to pull off a major upset and beat the Clippers by ten points or less. Read on to find out why. 

  • Clippers 3rd in Western Conference
  • Clippers 41-19 this season 
  • Grizzlies 8th in Western Conference
  • Grizzlies 29-27 this season

Head to Head


The Memphis Grizzlies and the LA Clippers have played each other a total of 96 times, with LA currently leading their head-to-head by 51 wins to 45. Over the past two and a half seasons, these two teams have played each other nine times, with the Clippers leading 6-3. The LA Clippers and the Memphis Grizzlies have met twice this season, with honors even at one win each. LA won their last match in February 119-99.

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The Memphis Grizzlies are second in the WC Southwest Division, just behind the Dallas Mavericks. The Grizzlies have won 29 games and lost 27 for a 0.518 win percentage. If the Grizzlies were to win enough games, they will edge out the Mavericks and take the first ever NBA trophy in their history. Memphis are 3-2 in their last five matches, which is a fair reflection of their season in general, but if they want to win a first ever title they will need to step on the gas a little. 

The Grizzlies have lacked a strong points scorer this season, and Ja Morant leads their stats for points with just 19 PPG. Morant also leads their stats for assists with 7.4. The Grizzlies’ hulking 7’ 265 lb Lithuanian Jonas Valanciunas has a 17-point game average, and leads for high rebounds with 12.6. 

LA Clippers Form


The LA Clippers look set to finally top the WC Pacific Division, after spending the first two months of the season in third place. The Clippers have long eclipsed their LA cousins the Lakers, and are now level on wins with leaders the Phoenix Suns on 41. Phoenix have three less defeats than LA, so still have the better win percentage for now. 

The Clippers are THE form team in the NBA right now, and the only side with a 9-1 record for their last ten games (although the New York Knicks are enjoying a remarkable seven-match winning streak right now). Since losing to Philadelphia at the weekend, the Clippers have rebounded to win two-straight games, just squeaking past Portland 113-112 on Tuesday. 

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Verdict

The easiest pick in the world would be to back the LA Clippers to beat the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday. However, the Clippers barely beat Portland last time out, and have had a day less rest than the Grizzlies. Memphis will also be fired up after the frustration of their overtime loss to Denver.
 
I’m backing a pumped up Memphis to upset the odds and edge out LA in an epic encounter on Thursday. The Grizzlies will defeat the Clippers by ten points or less in a matchup that will total 210 points or under.
Best Bet: Memphis Winner @150.00 at BetMGM - 1 Unit
Best Bet: Memphis 6-10 Winning Margin @550.00 at Caesars (Sport) - 1 Unit
Value Bet: Under 220 Total Points @155.00 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit

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