Memphis Grizzlies vs Los Angeles Clippers Prediction, 4/21/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Memphis Grizzlies vs Los Angeles Clippers
Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Location: STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Bally Sports SoCal
Odds/Point Spread: Memphis (+3.5)
STAPLES Center is the venue where and the Los Angeles Clippers (40-19) will play the Memphis Grizzlies (29-27) on Wednesday. The odds on this matchup have Los Angeles as 3.5-point favorites. The total has been set at 229.
The Memphis Grizzlies took the court against the Denver Nuggets and took a loss by a final of 139-137 in their last contest. Memphis finished having earned a 47.7% field goal percentage (51 out of 107) and buried 17 out of their 40 3-point shots. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Grizzlies knocked down 18 of their 24 attempts for a rate of 75.0%. Pertaining to pulling down rebounds, they collected 47 with 10 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 33 dimes for the matchup as well as forcing the other team into 24 turnovers and earning 15 steals. In relation to defending, Memphis allowed the other team to go 50.0% from the floor on 51 of 102 shooting. Denver earned 30 assists and had 6 steals in this matchup. In addition, Denver pulled down 58 rebounds (13 offensive, 45 defensive) and got 3 rejections. Denver finished the game at 84.6% when shooting free throws by knocking down 22 of their 26 shots. They buried 15 of their 39 shots from downtown.
Ja Morant is one guy who played a role in this contest. He walked away with 36 points on 13 of 24 shooting. He played 45:26 minutes and also totaled 8 boards. Morant finished the game at 54.2% from the floor and dished out 12 dimes. An additional guy that was a determining factor in this contest for the Grizzlies was Grayson Allen. He snagged 3 rebounds in his 43:13 minutes on the hardwood. He ended up going 40.0% from the floor in the game by going 8-of-20 (24 points). At the conclusion of this game, Allen accounted for 1 assist.
Memphis heads into this contest with a mark of 29-27 so far this season. They have an average of 113.8 points per outing (11th in basketball) while hitting 46.9% from the field. The Grizzlies are connecting on 36.1% on shots from 3-point land (628 of 1,739) and 77.7% from the charity stripe. As a team, Memphis is pulling down 46.3 rebounds per game and has accounted for 1,524 dimes on the season, which is 6th in the league in terms of passing the ball. They are turning it over 13.3 times per contest and as a group they are committing 18.6 fouls every game. On the defensive end, the Grizzlies are able to force 15.5 turnovers every game while drawing 18.1 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 20th in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,441 surrendered this year. The Grizzlies defensively are allowing a shooting percentage of 46.7% (866 of 1,012) and they surrender 44.4 boards per contest as a team. They are giving up 36.3% on shots from distance and they are ranked 18th in the league in PPG allowed (112.2).
When they last stepped on the court, the Los Angeles Clippers went home victorious with a score of 124-105 when they played the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Clippers recorded 40 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds for a total of 48 in this matchup. They gave up possession of the ball 14 times, while recording 6 steals in this game. The Timberwolves were called for 21 personal fouls for the game which took the Clippers to the charity stripe for 17 shots. They were able to knock down 13 of the free throws for a rate of 76.5%. Pertaining to three-point shots, Los Angeles converted 21 of 42 attempts (50.0%). Overall, the Clippers shot 45 for 89 from the floor which gave them a rate of 50.6%. The Clippers allowed the Timberwolves to knock down 36 out of their 88 tries from the floor which had them sitting at 40.9% in this contest. They wrapped up this game 37.8% from downtown by shooting 17 of 45 and finished the contest at 16 of 21 from the free throw line (76.2%). In reference to cleaning the glass, Los Angeles permitted Minnesota to pull down 37 in all (6 on the offensive glass).
Paul George ended up having an impact for the Clippers for the contest. He made 9 out of 17 in this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 52.9%, and had 7 rebounds. George totaled 23 points in his 26:52 mins on the court and earned 5 dimes in this contest. One more player that was pivotal for Los Angeles was Marcus Morris. He ended up with no assists in 25:33 mins on the court, and he shot 7 of 12 from the floor. Morris wrapped this one up going 58.3% from the field while also earning 19 points and 6 rebounds.
Los Angeles has a record of 40-19 this year. The Clippers are responsible for committing 19.7 fouls per game and they connect on 83.7% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 24.5 times per contest (17th in the league) and they turn it over 13.0 times per contest. Los Angeles has totaled 6,784 points so far this season (115.0 per game) and they grab 44.2 boards per game. As an offensive unit, the Clippers are connecting on 48.5% from the floor, which ranks them 4th in basketball. The Clippers on defense are ranked 5th in the league in points allowed per game with 108.1. They are able to force 13.0 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 46.5% from the floor (14th in the league). The Los Angeles defense concedes 35.8% on 3-point shots (677 of 1,891) and their opponents are converting on 78.4% of their free throw shots. They have given up 22.8 dimes and 41.0 rebounds per contest, which has them ranked 4th and 3rd in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-3.5)
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