Memphis Grizzlies vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 1/4/20 NBA Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Memphis Grizzlies vs Los Angeles Clippers
Date: Saturday, January 4, 2020
Location: Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Fox Sports Prime Ticket
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles -11
Staples Center is the venue where Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers (25-11, 2nd in the Pacific Division) will take on the Memphis Grizzlies (13-22, 4th in the Southwest Division) on Saturday. The odds on this game have Los Angeles as 11 point favorites. The O/U has been set at 224.
The Grizzlies cover 47.1% of the time, having gone 16-18-1 ATS. Los Angeles is covering 58.3% of the time, going 21-15-0 against the spread.
Key Memphis Grizzlies Injuries
11/19/19 SF Andre Iguodala None is out indefinitely
01/02/20 SF Jae Crowder Ankle is upgraded to probable Thursday vs Sacramento
Key Los Angeles Clippers Injuries
01/02/20 PG Patrick Beverley Elbow is questionable Saturday vs Memphis
01/02/20 SF Paul George Hamstring is questionable Saturday vs Memphis
Jaren Jackson comes into this contest averaging 17.6 points per game while playing 27.9 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 4.8 rebounds per game and dishes out 1.5 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 47% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 76%. Ja Morant averages 17.6 points per game in 29.3 minutes per contest this season. He averages 6.5 assists per contest and 3.1 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 47% for the year while his free throw percentage is 79%.
Kawhi Leonard averages 25.3 points per game while playing 31.7 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 7.6 rebounds per game and has 5.2 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is at 89%. Lou Williams averages 19.1 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 30.3 minutes per contest. He also averages 3.1 rebounds per contest and 6.2 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 41% and his free throw percentage is 85%.
Useful Team Statistics
Memphis averages 111.4 points per contest this season, which ranks them 14th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -5.2 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team, which has them ranked 9th. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 15th in the league. They average 45.1 rebounds per game and 27.3 assists per game, which ranks them 18th and 2nd in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 5th with 15.9 per game. The Grizzlies allow 116.6 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 28th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc, ranking them 22nd and 25th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 44.9 rebounds a game which ranks 10th and they give up 25.3 assists per contest, which puts them in 26th place in the league. They force 14.7 turnovers per game which ranks them 14th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Los Angeles is 5th in the league with 115.3 points per game this year. They are 12th in the league in shooting at 46%, while their average scoring margin is 7.0. They shoot 36% from 3-point range, which is good for 12th in the NBA. They are 3rd in the league in rebounding with 48.0 boards per game, and 18th in assists per contest with 23.4. The Clippers are 7th in turnovers per game with 15.8. The Clippers surrender 108.3 points per contest, which ranks them 13th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 43% shooting percentage and a 34% average from 3-point range, ranking them 4th and 9th in those defensive statistics. They rank 4th with 22.5 assists allowed per contest and 13th with 45.3 rebounds surrendered per game. The Clippers are 20th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 15.5 per game.
The Grizzlies are 20th in the NBA in offensive rating with 107.7, and their defensive rating of 112.7 is ranked 26th. In terms of pace they are 4th in the league with 103.1 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 13th. As a team they are 16th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 36% of their shots, ranking 21st in the league. Memphis is 7th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.7 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.7 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 54%, which is 8th in the league.
Los Angeles is 10th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.5 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.4 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 50%, which is 27th in the NBA. The Clippers are 5th in the league in defensive rating with 105.3, and their offensive rating of 112.1 is ranked 5th. They are 8th in the NBA in pace with 102.6 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 16th. As a unit they are 9th in the league in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 36% of their shot attempts, ranking 20th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Grizzlies/Clippers NBA game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Memphis +11
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