The Los Angeles Clippers can close out the Memphis Grizzlies tonight, Wednesday May 9th, if they can win in the “Grind House” during Game 5 of the Western Conference quarter finals. Only eight NBA teams have ever come back from a 3-1 deficit. NBA oddsmakers have the Grizzlies as -6.5 point home favorites over the Clippers with the over/under set at 182.5 points. Be sure to check the Los Angeles Clippers vs Memphis Grizzlies Game 5 2012 NBA Point Spreads before the game tips-off.
LA’s (3-1, 1-1 V) Chris Paul scored eight of his 27 points in a dynamic overtime performance, and the Clippers moved to the verge of their second playoff series victory in 36 years with a 101-97 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night, taking a 3-1 series lead. Griffin had 30 points and seven assists before fouling out with 2:26 left in overtime for the Clippers, who blew an 84-74 lead over the final 4 1/2 minutes of regulation before Paul took charge in the overtime. After going 13 for 30 on free throws in Game 3, the Clippers made 10 straight to open Game 4, but finished 28 of 40.
Memphis won the last time the teams played in the “Grind House”, in Game 2. But the Clippers proved in the opener they can win in Memphis, though guard Chauncey Billups called that win “miraculous.” Expect Game 5 to be close. The aggregate score of this series: Memphis 386, Clippers 385. Double-digit leads haven’t lasted. Neither team has been able to pull away. Indeed, this series, between the fourth- and fifth-seeded teams, is an even matchup. The Grizzlies need three straight wins, something they did eight times during the regular season, to win this series
Memphis (1-3, 1-1 H) Mike Conley scored a career playoff-high 25 points and Rudy Gay had 23 on 8-of-25 shooting for the Grizzlies. Tonight could be the last game of the season. Or it could be the start of something grand and memorable. “I expect us to keep fighting,” said Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins. “We have a lot of basketball left.”
I don’t rule out the possibility that the Grizzlies might come back and win this series. They won three games in a row eight separate times this year. Once, they won seven in a row. Twice, they won five. But that’s not the matter at hand. The matter at hand is the game at FedExForum. The matter at hand is protecting the reputation the franchise has forged. For two years, the Grizzlies have been known as the hardest-working team in the league. Brutish, relentless and unquestionably tougher than the other guys. They might not beat you, but they would definitely beat on you along the way.
The Bottom Line: The Clippers can win this or cover if Griffin watches his fouls and plays hard to the basket. Want to dominate the books this season with some of the best NBA Picks Experts in the business? Then sign up right now and get NBA Picks Free!
Recent Trends to Consider:
Clippers are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 Conference Quarterfinals games.
Grizzlies are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. loss.
Grizzlies are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss.
Grizzlies are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.
Grizzlies are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a home favorite.
Grizzlies are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
Over is 5-0 in Grizzlies last 5 games as a home favorite of 5.0-10.5.
Over is 6-1 in Grizzlies last 7 Conference Quarterfinals games.
Over is 5-1 in Grizzlies last 6 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
Los Angeles Clippers vs Memphis Grizzlies
When: Wednesday, May 9th@9:00 PM EST
Pick: Grizzlies -6.5
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