Los Angeles Clippers vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction, 2/26/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Clippers vs Memphis Grizzlies
Date: Friday, February 26, 2021
Location: FedExForum in Memphis, TN
TV: Fox Sports Southeast
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (-7.5)
FedExForum is the venue where and the Memphis Grizzlies (13-14) will play the Los Angeles Clippers (23-10) on Friday. Los Angeles opens this contest as 7.5-point favorites. The total is set at 228.5.
The Los Angeles Clippers faced off with the Washington Wizards and earned the victory with a final of 135-116 in their last contest. Los Angeles walked away from the contest having earned a 57.4% FG percentage (54 of 94) and knocked down 19 of their 38 3-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the Clippers made 8 of 13 tries for a rate of 61.5%. Concerning pulling down boards, they collected 46 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 26 assists for the game while forcing the opposition into 13 turnovers and getting 7 steals. When it comes to defense, Los Angeles allowed 53.4% from the field on 47 out of 88 shooting. Washington doled out 32 dimes and had 5 steals for this contest. On top of that, Washington snagged 36 rebounds (6 offensive, 30 defensive) and got 1 blocked shots. Washington shot 68.8% at the charity stripe by knocking down 11 of their 16 tries. They knocked down 11 out of their 20 attempts from 3-point range.
Kawhi Leonard is one player who was a major factor for the game. He notched 32 points on 13 of 20 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 34:26 minutes played and grabbed 7 boards. Leonard finished the game at 65.0% from the field and also totaled 4 dimes. One more player that had an impact in this matchup for the Clippers was Paul George. He grabbed 6 rebounds in his 28:58 min played on the night. He ended up going 64.7% from the floor in this game by connecting on 11-of-17 (30 points). Overall, George had 3 assists.
Los Angeles heads into this one with a record of 23-10 for the season. They are averaging 115.8 pts per game (4th in the NBA) while going 48.7% from the field. The Clippers are connecting on 42.2% on shots beyond the perimeter (474 of 1,122) and 83.6% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Los Angeles is pulling in 44.3 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 803 dimes on the year, which is 8th in the league in terms of passing the rock. They turn it over 13.3 times per contest and as a unit they are committing 19.2 personal fouls per game. On defense, the Clippers are able to force 13.3 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 18.2 fouls. They rank 14th in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 768 surrendered this year. The Clippers defensively are allowing a shooting percentage of 46.8% (438 of 601) and they concede 41.1 rebounds per game as a squad. They are surrendering 35.6% on shots from downtown and they are ranked 5th in basketball in opponents PPG (109.0).
The last time they took the court, the Memphis Grizzlies took a loss by a final score of 102-92 against the Dallas Mavericks. The Grizzlies recorded 38 defensive boards and 13 offensive rebounds totaling 51 in this game. They turned the ball over 13 times, while recording 7 steals for this game. The Mavericks committed 18 fouls in this contest which took the Grizzlies to the charity stripe for a total of 19 tries. They were able to make 12 of them for a percentage of 63.2%. With respect to three-point attempts, Memphis buried 6 of 31 attempts (19.4%). When the final whistle was blown, the Grizzlies finished 37 for 94 from the floor which had them at 39.4%. The Grizzlies allowed the Mavericks to convert 35 out of their 80 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 43.8% for the matchup. They finished 36.6% from distance by shooting 15 out of 41 and finished the contest at 17 out of 26 at the free throw line (65.4%). When talking about how they rebounded, Memphis permitted Dallas to collect 49 in total (5 offensive).
Ja Morant ended up being a major contributor for the Grizzlies in the matchup. He made 10 of 21 for the contest giving him a field goal percentage of 47.6%, and accounted for 4 rebounds. Morant had 22 points in his 33:53 mins on the court and accounted for 9 assists for the matchup. An additional guy that ended up playing a role for Memphis was Jonas Valančiūnas. He walked away with no assists in 29:33 minutes on the hardwood, and he shot 5 of 18 from the floor. Valanciunas walked away from this one going 27.8% from the field while also contributing 11 points and 15 rebounds.
Memphis has a record of 13-14 on the season. Memphis has earned 2,981 pts on the season (110.4 per game) and they pull in 44.5 boards per game. The Grizzlies are responsible for committing 18.6 fouls per contest while shooting 78.9% from the charity stripe. On the offensive side of the court, the Grizzlies are shooting 46.2% from the field, which ranks 16th in the NBA. Their rate of earning assists is at 27.4 times per game (2nd in the league) and they are turning it over 14.1 times per game. The Grizzlies are ranked 17th in the league in PPG given up with 112.0. The Memphis defense allows 39.2% on shots from distance (367 of 937) and their opposition knocks down 76.4% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have relinquished 25.9 assists and 43.8 boards per game, which ranks 25th and 14th in basketball. They are able to force 16.4 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 47.8% from the floor (28th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Memphis (+7.5)
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