Memphis Grizzlies vs. Los Angeles Clippers Playoffs Predictions

Last Updated: May 2nd, 2013 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist)
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Memphis Grizzlies vs. Los Angeles Clippers NBA Playoff Schedule

Grizzlies Win Series 4-2

Game 1: Memphis Grizzlies 91 – Los Angeles Clippers 112
Game 2: Memphis Grizzlies 91 – Los Angeles Clippers 93
Game 3: Los Angeles Clippers 82 – Memphis Grizzlies 94
Game 4: Los Angeles Clippers 83 – Memphis Grizzlies 104
Game 5: Memphis Grizzlies 103 – Los Angeles Clippers 93
Game 6: Los Angeles Clippers 105 – Memphis Grizzlies 118

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Grizzlies vs. Clippers Series Update

Game 1: This figured to be a close game the whole way, but a fourth quarter surge really gave the Clippers the advantage. LA outscored the Grizzlies 37-22 in the final stanza to take a close game and put it away. G Chris Paul scored 23 for the hosts, and he was one of the seven players that scored in double digits on the night. Clippers 112 – Grizzlies 91 (Clippers Lead Series 1-0)

Game 2: G Mike Conley Jr. has a tough draw in this series, as he has to play against G Chris Paul. CP3 had a great game, scoring 24 points and dishing out nine assists, but Conley had the answers in this game, scoring 28 points to outdo his counterpart. Four of the five starters for the Grizz were able to get into double figures in scoring, but it wasn’t enough to contain the Clips. CP3 drove into the lane and knock down a shot as time expired to send LA to a potentially series saving victory. Clippers 93 – Grizzlies 91 (Clippers Lead Series 2-0

Game 3: It was back to basics for the Grizzlies in Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals. In a game that they absolutely had to have, they held LA down to just 26 field goals for the game. The clips didn’t score more than 23 points in a single quarter, and that’s the way that the Grizz intend to keep it. F Zach Randolph had his best game of the series to date, scoring 27 points and pulling in 11 boards to help lead the team to a crucial victory in Game 3. Grizzlies 94 – Clippers 82 (Clippers Lead Series 2-1)

Game 4: Not surprisingly, we saw the Memphis defense come up with another huge game to frustrate the heck out of the Clippers to level this series at two games apiece. The Grizz were dominating in the paint, getting 24 points from both C Marc Gasol and F Zach Randolph. G Mike Conley Jr. probably had his most efficent game of the series. He knocked down two of his three long range attempts, and he had 13 assists against just two turnovers to go with his 15 points scored. The Clips shot jsut 41.0 percent from the field and 19.0 percent from long range, and the 19 points from both G Chris Paul and F Blake Griffin didn’t get the job done. Grizzlies 104 – Clippers 83 (Series Tied 2-2)

Game 5: You couldn’t have drawn up a more disastrous sixth game of this series for the Clippers. They lost F Blake Griffin and G Chris Paul in the game to various injuries, and they ultimately were beaten by 10 by Memphis, losing for the third straight game to take what was a 2-0 series lead and turn it into a 3-2 series deficit. CP3 did his part, scoring 35 points and playing through a thumb injury, but he was literally all this offense had going. The Grizzlies only committed seven turnovers for the game, and C Marc Gasol, F Zach Randolph, and G Mike Conley Jr. each scored at least 20 points. Memphis is on the verge of knocking off the Clips now, and no one figured that we would have been in this position seven days ago. Grizzlies 103 – Clippers 93 (Grizzlies Lead Series 3-2)

Game 6: Head Coach Vinny Del Negro had to think that scoring 105 points would be good enough to get this series back to Tinseltown for Game 7. Alas, it was not nearly meant to be. G Chris Paul played his heart out, scoring 28 points with eight assists to at least leave his team with a chance. F Blake Griffin came off of the bench, but he was only able to play 14 minutes in the game and managed just nine points. F Matt Barnes scored 30 and pulled down 10 boards in the biggest game of his season. However, the Grizzlies shot 50.7 percent from the field and hit a whopping 38 foul shots. Seven players scored at least 10 points in this game. It wasn’t prototypical Memphis basketball, but the Grizzlies got the job done and are now in the second round of the playoffs. Grizzlies 118 – Clippers 105 (Grizzlies Win Series 4-2)

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Last season, the Clippers and the Grizzlies battled it out for seven harsh games, and in the end, LA was able to go on the road in Game 7 and win by 10 points after losing Games 5 and 6. Now, the Grizz are out for some revenge. This is going to be a tremendous defensive series, and we know that it is going to be difficult for either of these teams to get into even the 90s.

The Grizzlies are going to have to go on the road in this series to open things up, which is the opposite of what happened last year. F Rudy Gay is now gone as well after getting traded at the deadline, and the team really hasn’t replaced his scoring prowess. The offense often runs through the boys in the paint, as both F Zach Randolph and C Marc Gasol. G Mike Conley has had the best year of his career, averaging 14.6 points and 6.1 assists per game. The problem? Beyond these three men, there isn’t another man that is averaging even nine points per game, though we have seen G Jerryd Bayless come on strong at the end of the campaign.

The Clippers broke their team record for the most wins in franchise history this year, and they clearly have as good of a team as they have ever had. There are five double digit point scorers that are in the fold and are tremendous contributors to the club. F Blake Griffin probably underachieved just a bit, averaging 18.0 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, but G Chris Paul really picked up for the slack. CP3 was the second leading scorer on the team at 16.9 points per game, and he was a great distributor as well with 9.7 assists per game. Five players on the team managed more than a steal a game. Five players averaged at least 10 points per game, and three more averaged at least 6.2 points per game that were regulars in the rotation. If G Chauncey Billups could really get back in the fold and play like he did in the last game of the regular season against the Sacramento Kings when he scored 17 points, this could become a very, very dangerous team.

Home court advantage might not mean as much in this series as you would like to think. The road team actually won three of the four meetings this season, while two of those games were won by double digits. The underdog is now 5-1 SU and ATS in the last six games in this series dating back to the end of the playoffs last year. The Clips went 3-1 SU and ATS in this series this year. LA is a better team than it was a year ago, while Memphis is probably just a bit worse than it was. There will be some ugly games in this series, but in the end, the Clippers are the team that will come out on top.

Clippers vs. Grizzlies Series Prediction: Los Angeles Clippers in 6

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