The 56-26 Memphis Grizzlies will travel out west to battle the 56-26 LA Clippers in Game 1 of their best of seven NBA playoff series in a pro basketball game on Saturday night.
Tip off time from Staples Center in Los Angeles is scheduled for 10:30PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by ESPN.
The pro basketball odds from this NBA playoff game one has the home team LA Clippers favored by -5 points with an over under line of 182 points. There has been no early movement in the odds since the lines were released a few hours ago.
The teams have met four times this season with the Clippers winning and covering the point spread in three of the four games. Three games went under the total and one played over. Each team won and covered the point spread once in the two games played at Los Angeles. Memphis and the LA Clippers battled in the first round of the playoffs last season with the Clippers winning a game seven at Memphis to advance.
The Grizzlies have a road record of 24-17 on the season. Memphis was vying for home court advantage in the first round but despite winning eight of their past ten games they fall a game short as they lose the tiebreaker to the Clippers. The key loss came on April 13th as the Clippers went into Memphis and came away with a 91-87 victory to win the season series and tiebreaker. Offensively it has been a bit of a struggled for the Grizzlies as the team ranks in the bottom third of the league in all three key areas. They are 27th and fourth to last in the NBA by putting up just 93.4 points a game. The Grizzlies don’t attempt many three point shots and even so their overall field goal percentage is just 44.4% season to date. This team defends well as they rank first in the NBA in scoring defense by giving up just 89.3 points a game. Teams make only 43.5% from the field against the Grizzlies good for 3rd best in the league.
The Clippers are 32-9 playing at home. LA had to earn home court advantage as they win seven straight games to close the season. They needed a 112-108 road win in the final regular season game on Wednesday at Sacramento to earn the home court advantage.
LA Clippers shot well from the field this year as the team hits on 47.8% and average 101.9 points a game good for ninth in the NBA. From three point distance the team was very streaky. They are flawed at the free throw line making just 71.1% from the charity stripe ranking fourth worst league wide.The Clips defend well by allowing 94.6 points a game which is good for fourth best in scoring defense in the league. Their opponents make only 44.3% from the field against them ranking the Clippers tenth in the NBA in defensive field goal percentage.