In sports, no team can ever really relax until they have officially booked a sot in the playoffs. Even then, it’s never a good idea to take the foot off the gas, as getting back up to speed once the postseason begins is never easy. We are not that far into the second half of the season and we have already seen a team clinch a playoff spot, with the Milwaukee Bucks punching their ticket. It’s no real surprise given how well they have played, and it will be even less of a surprise when they go on to win the Eastern Conference, which they almost certainly will. Over in the Western Conference, the LA Lakers are beginning to open up a lead at the top again with the LA Clippers, the team that looked the most likely to catch them, losing ground amid a very poor run for form. The Clippers now need to be concerned with seeding, which is why they will be looking to get back on track when they host the Memphis Grizzlies at the Staples Center on Monday night. The Clippers are in as a 9 ½ point favorite, with the O/U set at 233 ½. Let’s see how the NBA odds will be for the Grizzlies vs Clippers
Grizzlies vs Clippers 2020 NBA Game Preview & Betting Odds
- When: Monday, February 24 at 10:30 PM EST
- Where: Staples Center, LA
- TV: NBATV
- NBA Odds: Los Angeles Clippers -9.5 / Total 233
Why bet on the Memphis Grizzlies
There is no way that the Grizzlies are going to be anywhere near the top of the Western Conference standings when this season is over and done with, but they do still have a shot at getting into the postseason. They are currently occupying the #8 spot and are actually on a little bit of an island there. The Grizzlies are 5 ½ games back of the Mavericks in 7th, but they do have a little bit of a cushion over the chasing pack, leading the Trail Blazers by 3 points for the final playoff spot. While the Grizzlies have lost 2 in a row ahead of this one, they have been in decent form, winning 6 of their last 10 games. They have been good against the Clippers this season, losing a close one at home before pounding them 140-114 in the last meeting in LA.
- Total Score: 113.07
- Field Goal %: 47.32
- Three Point %: 35.15
- Free Throw %: 77.05
- Total Rebounds: 46.02
- Total Score: 114.75
- Field Goal %: 45.4
- Three Point %: 36.99
- Free Throw %: 78.25
- Total Rebounds: 44.95
Why bet on the LA Clippers
For a while, it looked as though the LA Clippers were going to make a serious assault on the Lakers at the top of the Western Conference, but a recent run of poor form has them heading in the wrong direction. The Clippers have lost 3 in a row to fall to 5-5 in their last 10 games, a run that has dropped them down to the #3 spot in the West. They are a game and a half back of the Nuggets in second, but they have fallen well of the pace being set by the Lakers, as they are now 6 ½ games out of the top spot. That’s a deficit that may be too tough to make up. The Clippers are 22-6 at home this season, so you need to like their chances here.
- Total Score: 115.7
- Field Goal %: 46.11
- Three Point %: 36.31
- Free Throw %: 78.7
- Total Rebounds: 48.21
- Total Score: 110.34
- Field Goal %: 43.7
- Three Point %: 34.53
- Free Throw %: 76.22
- Total Rebounds: 45.84
Grizzlies vs Clippers NBA Betting Trends
- Memphis are 8-4 ATS in their last 12 games.
- Memphis are 14-6 SU in their last 20 games.
- Memphis are 2-6 SU in their last 8 games against LA Clippers.
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of Memphis’ last 8 games on the road.
- LA Clippers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games.
- LA Clippers are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games.
- The total has gone OVER in 10 of LA Clippers’ last 13 games against Memphis.
- LA Clippers are 7-2 SU in their last 9 games at home.
Grizzlies vs Clippers Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Given how the Clippers are playing and how things have gone between these two this season, I am a little surprised to see the Clippers favored by 9 ½. I like LA to win, but I also like the Grizzlies to cover.
Memphis Grizzlies 117 LA Clippers 121