Memphis Grizzlies vs Los Angeles Clippers Picks Spread and Trends to Watch - 10/23/2021

by James Q

Memphis Grizzlies vs Los Angeles Clippers Picks Spread and Trends to Watch - 10/23/2021


Game Time: 10:30 PM ET, Saturday, October 23rd, 2021 
Venue:  Staple Center, Los Angeles, California
Where to Watch:  NBA League Pass

Opening NCAAF Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Spread: Bulls -9:  O/U: 213.5
BetMGM:  Spread:Bulls -9:  O/U: 213.5
VegasInsider:  Spread: Bulls -9:  O/U: 213.5

Season Record

Grizzlies: 1-0
Clippers: 0-1

The Clippers lost their season opener against the Golden State Warriors as Stephen Curry rained 8 3-pointers down on them during yet another 40 point performance.  Shot after shot the Clippers got to watch what a max contract, great player looks like.  The Clippers have 2 Max contract superstars and felt the need to add Eric Bledsoe in the offseason.  It will be a long year.  Now the Clippers must prepare for their home opener at Staples Center. 

The Grizzlies won their season opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers 132-121.  Ja Morant was the star as usual 37 pts, 6 asts, new center Steven Adams, who came over from New Orleans in a swap for Jonas Valanciunas, got 14 rebounds.  All in all it was typical Grizzlies basketball with a great individual performance from Ja and some incredible blocked shots from young PF Jaren Jackson Jr (4).


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Grizzlies vs Clippers Preview and Analysis. 

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Offensive Analysis 

The Memphis Grizzlies are 4th in points scored in the league because we have only had one game.  The Grizzlies are 2nd in FG% because we have only had one game.

The Clippers are 19th in 3-point shooting percentage.  17th in FG percentage.  They are middle of the road and will be until their star returns from his maybe ¾ season absence.


Memphis Grizzlies vs Los Angeles Clippers Prediction 

Our prediction for Saturday, October 23rd is…   Grizzlies 119 - Clippers 104


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NCAAF Betting Trends

Memphis is 81-70 ATS in all games over the last 3 seasons.
Memphis is 34-23 ATS after a non-conference game the last 3 seasons.
The Clippers are 2-1 ATS versus Memphis over the last 3 seasons.


Injury Report:

Grizzlies:  Dillon Brooks (hand) Out

Clippers: Nicolas Batum (personal) Out * Kawhi Leonard (knee) Out * Keon Johnson (illness) Out * Jason Preston (foot) Out * Serge Ibaka (back) Out

Starting Lineups

Grizzlies:  PG Ja Morant, SG De’Anthony Melton, SF Desmond Bane, PF Jaren Jackson Jr, C Steven Adams

Clippers: PG Reggie Jackson, SG Eric Bledsoe, SF Paul George, PF Marcus Morris Sr, C Ivica Zubac

Statistical Leaders 

Grizzlies
Points: Ja Morant 37
Rebounds: Steven Adams 14
Assists Ja Morant 6
Steals:  Kyle Anderson 2
Blocks: Jaren Jackson Jr 4

Clippers:
Points: Paul George 29
Rebounds: Paul George 11
Assists: Paul George 6
Steals:  Eric Bledsoe 3
Blocks:  Eric Bledsoe 1

Coaches:

Grizzlies:  Taylor Jenkins.  Taylor has worked his way up through the ranks.  He didn’t play basketball after high school.  Instead he went to the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  From there interning at the spurs, from there assistant coach of the Austin Toros, then head coach of the Austin Toros, then assistant coach with Atlanta hawks, then Assistant with Milwaukee Bucks… then the head job with the Memphis Grizzlies. The trip up the pipeline took 14 years. 1 year shorter than Sam Cassell’s 15 year NBA playing career… Sam has been an assistant coach for the last 11 years… Both Taylor Jenkins and Sam Casselll are 6 foot 3 inches tall.

Clippers:  Tyronne Lue is back for another year at the helm.  Again he’ll have to try to figure out some wins without star Kahwi Leonard… in fact he’ll have to figure out a lot.  The starters for the LA Clippers and the whole roster seem to get upended every offseason in the never ending pursuit of a group good enough and healthy enough to win…. The Western Conference.   Ty has his work cut out for him again.







 


James Q

About the Author:

James Q. has been involved with sports and gambling his entire life. A former division 1 scholarship basketball player, James understands sports (and especially basketball) inside-and-out. Following his basketball playing days, James parlayed his gambling skills into a semi-pro poker career. James resides in Los Angeles, and especially loves the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Rams, and Los Angeles Dodgers. And when he isn't betting on sports (and writing about it), James can be found performing stand-up comedy on the Sunset Strip.

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