The banged-up Los Angeles Clippers have a chance to close out the Memphis Grizzlies tonight, Friday May 11th, during Game 6 of the Western Conference quarter final series. The Grizzlies haven’t beaten the Clippers in Staples Center this season, dropping both regular-season games along with Games 3 and 4. NBA oddsmakers have the Clippers as -1 point road favorites over the Clippers with the over/under set at 179 points. Be sure to check the Memphis Grizzlies vs Los Angeles Clippers Game 6 2012 NBA Point Spreads before the game tips-off.
Memphis (2-3, 0-2 V) got a 92-80 Game 5 win at home on Wednesday night. Marc Gasol had 23 points in the win, Zach Randolph added 19 and 10 rebounds and Rudy Gay finished with 14 points. Memphis, though, managed to close the game this time with an 11-5 run to avoid elimination and send the series back to Staples Center.
Memphis is fighting history here in trying to comeback to win the set. Only eight NBA teams have won a series after trailing 3-1, the last of which was the 2006 Phoenix Suns, when they defeated the Los Angeles Lakers. “They’ve made more plays than us,” Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said. “I mean the little kid Chris Paul has done a great job of finishing games and that’s really been the difference in all those games that we have lost.”
LA (3-2, 2-0 H) were led by Mo Williams’ 20 points. Chris Paul scored 19 and Blake Griffin finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds. The Clippers may have lost far more than a basketball game and a chance to close out the Memphis Grizzlies tonight. LAs’ two best players went down with injuries. Blake Griffin went down with a sprained left knee after a third quarter fall under the basket, while Chris Paul strained his right hip flexor going for a rebound late in the final frame.
An MRI on Griffin’s knee Thursday revealed no structural damage and both he and Paul will be game-time decisions on Friday night, although each is expected to play considering the stakes for the Clippers, who are trying to advance to the second round of the postseason for the first time since 2006 and avoid a deciding Game 7 in Memphis.
The Bottom Line: A banged up Griffin and Paul during a tough fought gritty game might not be good if they get hurt again. The Clippers have to make shots from the field. 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:
Under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Los Angeles.
Favorite is 5-2-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
Home team is 5-2-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
Grizzlies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 playoff games as a favorite of 0.5-4.5.
Clippers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a home underdog.
Clippers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a home underdog of 0.5-4.5.
Grizzlies are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games.
Grizzlies are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest.
Grizzlies are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games as a road favorite.
Memphis Grizzlies vs Los Angeles Clippers
When: Friday, May 11th@9:00 PM EST
Pick: Clippers +1
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