Memphis Grizzlies vs Los Angeles Clippers Prediction, 3/5/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Memphis Grizzlies vs Los Angeles Clippers
Date: Sunday, March 5, 2023
Location: Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Bally Sports SoCal
Odds/Point Spread: Memphis (+3)
The Memphis Grizzlies are on their way to Crypto.com Arena on Sunday where they will take on the Los Angeles Clippers. Los Angeles opens as 3-point favorites. The total is 228.
The Grizzlies faced the Nuggets and ended up losing by a score of 113-97 in their last contest. Memphis finished with a 36.9% FG percentage (31 out of 84) and buried 11 out of their 32 3-point shots. At the free throw line, the Grizzlies buried 24 of their 31 shots for a percentage of 77.4%. With regard to hauling in rebounds, they earned 40 with 10 of them being offensive. They also dished out 24 assists for the contest while forcing the other team into 8 turnovers and earning 6 steals. In relation to the defense, Memphis let their opponent shoot 46.0% from the field on 40 of 87 shooting. Denver distributed 28 assists and had 6 steals in this contest. On top of that, Denver snagged 53 rebounds (13 offensive, 40 defensive) and added 6 blocks. Denver walked away from this one shooting 80.6% at the charity stripe by making 25 of 31 attempts. They converted 8 out of their 31 attempts from three-point range. In the matter of personal fouls, the Grizzlies left the arena with 24 and the Nuggets totaled 21 personal fouls.
Ja Morant is one player who was a major factor for the contest. He had 27 points on 8 out of 20 shooting. He played 33 mins and also pulled down 4 rebounds. Morant ended up shooting 40.0% from the field and also distributed 10 assists.
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Memphis will play this contest with a record of 38-24 on the season. They are averaging 115.6 points per outing (9th in the NBA) while shooting 46.7% from the floor. The Grizzlies are shooting 34.2% on shots from distance (700 of 2,048) and 72.4% from the free throw line. As a team, Memphis is pulling in 47.6 boards per contest and has earned 1,565 assists on the year, which is 16th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. They turn it over 13.9 times per game and as a group they are committing 20.2 fouls per contest.
Defensively, the Grizzlies have forced 15.4 turnovers every game and they draw 20.9 fouls. They surrender 35.4% on three-point shots and they rank 6th in the league in points per game allowed (111.6). The Grizzlies are allowing a shooting percentage of 44.7% (2,492 of 5,571) and they surrender 44.5 rebounds per contest as a team. They are currently ranked 18th in the NBA in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,625 relinquished so far this year.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Clippers took a defeat with a final score of 128-127 when they played the Kings. The Clippers were able to collect 26 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive rebounds for a total of 32 in the game. They also gave up possession of the ball 7 times, while getting 7 steals in this matchup. The Kings committed 22 fouls in this game which got the Clippers to the charity stripe for 27 attempts. They were able to make 19 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 70.4%. When it comes to three-point shots, Los Angeles knocked down 14 out of 41 attempts (34.1%). When the final whistle was blown, the Clippers finished shooting 47 for 87 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 54.0%. The Clippers allowed the Kings to knock down 46 of their 87 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 52.9% for the matchup. They wrapped up this game 30.3% from three-point range by going 10 out of 33 and finished the contest at 26 of 26 from the free throw line (100.0%). When discussing team rebounding, Los Angeles permitted Sacramento to get 45 in total (9 on the offensive side).
Paul George was important for the Clippers for this game. George scored 28 points in his 34 minutes on the court and tallied 8 assists for the contest. He made 8 out of 16 in this contest for a field goal rate of 50.0%, and had 7 rebounds.
Los Angeles has a mark of 33-33 on the campaign. The Clippers commit 19.8 fouls every game and they hit 78.2% from the free throw line. They are earning an assist 23.2 times per game (25th in the NBA) and they lose possession via turnover 14.3 times per contest. Los Angeles has totaled 7,416 pts so far this season (112.4 per contest) and they average 43.3 boards per game. As an offensive team, the Clippers are hitting on 47.0% from the field, which ranks them 17th in the league.
The Clippers are ranked 12th in basketball in PPG allowed with 112.7. They are forcing their opponents into 13.1 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.3% from the field (15th in the league). The Los Angeles defense gives up 36.2% on 3-point attempts (809 of 2,232) and opponents are making 76.3% of their shots from the charity stripe. They allow 24.8 dimes and 43.5 total boards per game, ranking them 11th and 16th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Memphis (+3)
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