LA Clippers (38-26) at Memphis (36-28)
When: Thursday, March 9th 2017
Where: FedEx Forum, Memphis, TN
Time: 8:05 ET | TV: Prim Ticket, FSN Southeast
The Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers will look to rebound off bad losses when they meet Thursday night in a Western Conference tilt. Memphis owns the sixth seed in the Western Conference playoff race, but are coming off a humiliating 122-109 home loss to the lowly Brooklyn Nets on Monday – their third consecutive setback. Memphis coach David Fizdale changed-up the starting lineup against the Nets by inserting guard Andrew Harrison (6.0 points/game) and forward Brandan Wright (7.3 points) in favor of guard Tony Allen and forward JaMychal Green. Harrison and Wright combined for just 14 points and two assists. Fizdale indicated he would give the lineup a couple of games to see how it fares. Point guard Mike Conley is averaging 29 points over the last five games including four 30-point outings in the past eight. Center Marc Gasol is also struggling during the three-game slide, averaging below his 20.4 points a game in all three contests. The Grizzlies continue their four-game homestand on Saturday against the Atlanta Hawks.
Los Angeles was thumped 107-91 by the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday and has fallen 2.5 games behind the Utah Jazz for fourth place in the West. The Clippers were completely dominated in the interior by the Timberwolves – being outrebounded 50-36 and outscored 62-40 in the paint. Center DeAndre Jordan continued his torrid shooting with 20 points on 9-of-11 from the field and is running away from the rest of the league in that category (70.2%). Blake Griffin, who averages 22.0 points a game, has failed to hit that mark in four of his last five games, but scored 25 the last time he met the Grizzlies back in November. The Clippers shot 50.7% from the field in a 115-106 home win over the Grizzlies on January 4th and they held Conley to just 5-of-16 shooting. Jamal Crawford scored just seven points on 2-of-9 shooting against Minnesota after averaging 22 points over the previous two games. The Clippers return home on Saturday to face the 76ers.
The Clippers have been pretty good at covering the spread on the road lately and they’re a better overall team than Memphis. The Grizzlies are tinkering with their lineup at the wrong time of the year. The underdog has covered seven of the last nine meetings. Take the points.
Pick: Clippers +3
HEAD TO HEAD
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