The Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers are ready for another playoff showdown as they meet in the first round for a second consecutive season. Los Angeles took the best of seven series last year 4-3, and the odds makers at Bovada.lv are expecting a similar result this time around. Grizzlies vs Clippers Series Odds 2013 NBA Playoff Predictions at the offshore bookmaker have L.A. listed as a -165 moneyline favorite (risk $165 to win $100) to win the series. The Clippers will host the Grizzlies in tomorrow night’s series opener; they are presently lined as a -5 against the spread favorite in the Game 1 showdown.
Memphis fields, arguably, the best defense in the NBA, which enables it to play exceptional basketball at home (32-9) as well as on the road (24-17), but it has not helped the team all that much against the Clippers.
As mentioned, Los Angeles knocked Memphis out of the playoffs in seven games last year, and it has been the better squad in the three meetings between the two teams this season as well. The Clippers went 2-1 against the Grizzlies and both of their wins came at the FedEX Forum in Memphis.
The first meeting between the two squads took place on January 14th; L.A. scored an emphatic 99-73 road win despite the absence of Chris Paul as it held Memphis to 33.7 percent from the field. The Grizzlies evened the score on March 13th with a 96-85 win at the STAPLES Center, but the Clippers, who have won their last seven games, took the season series with a 91-87 victory in Memphis on April 13th.
Center DeAndre Jordan starred in that contest as he scored 16 points (8-of-13 shooting), grabbed 12 rebounds, and blocked three shots. Paul added 13 points and five assists in the win while Blake Griffin produced 12 points and nine rebounds. The Grizzlies were led by Marc Gasol, who finished the game with 18 points and 15 boards.
Grizzlies vs Clippers Series Odds 2013 NBA Playoff Predictions: Provided by Bovada.lv
Best of Seven (2-2-1-1-1)
Memphis Grizzlies +145
Los Angeles Clippers -165