Memphis (5-5) at LA Clippers (10-1)
When: Wednesday, November 16th 2016
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Time: 10:35 ET | TV: ESPN
The Memphis Grizzlies will look to slow down a red-hot Los Angeles Clippers squad when the teams meet at Staples Center on Wednesday night – a game that can be seen on ESPN. Memphis will be playing the third game of a four game trip and it’s coming off it’s most impressive road victory – a 102-96 win at the Utah Jazz. Both teams shot over 47% in the game, but the Grizzlies controlled the boards with a 44-29 rebounding edge. Memphis got a season-high tying 20 points from veteran Vince Carter who is averaging the most minutes (27.7) since his 2010-11 season with Orlando and is shooting at a 47.4% clip. Marc Gasol led all scorers with 22 points as the Grizzlies scored over 100 points for just the second time in seven contests under first-year coach David Fizdale. Memphis is ranked 28th in field goal percentage, but are 11th in scoring defense (101.9). Memphis will finish off their road trip Friday night in Dallas.
The Clippers own the best record in the league and have won eight straight games including the last three home games by 30 or more points. The Clippers crushed the Brooklyn Nets 127-95 on Monday to extend their franchise-best start to 10-1. Los Angeles is the best defensive team in the NBA thus far in both points (92.2) and field goal percentage (40.9). The offense is ranked fourth in scoring (108.8) after a season-high 127 points on Monday. Chris Paul had 21 points, nine assists and five steals versus Brooklyn and the steals weren’t even a season best. He’s had six steals on two occasions, including once against the Grizzlies. The Clippers defeated Memphis on November 4th, 99-88 and have won five of the last six meetings. Chris Paul had 27 points in that first meeting two weeks ago despite going 1-for-8 from 3-point territory, but did hit 14-of-15 free throws. Los Angeles will be in Sacramento on Friday night.
No doubt that the Clippers are playing better than anyone right now out West, but Memphis has the defense to slow down Los Angeles. The trio of Gasol, Zach Randolph, and Mike Conley should find a way to get enough offense to keep this game within single-digits.
Pick: Grizzlies +12