Regular-Season Records: Los Angeles Clippers (56-26), Memphis Grizzlies (56-26)
Season Series: Clippers 3-1
Stars to watch: Chris Paul (LAC), Blake Griffin (LAC), Jamal Crawford (LAC), Zach Randolph (MEM), Marc Gasol (MEM)
Key matchup: Blake Griffin vs. Zach Randolph
The Clippers will win if: Their second unit provides the decisive advantage they've demonstrated throughout the regular season.
The Grizzlies will win if: Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol prove to be overwhelmingly dominant inside.
Prediction: Clippers, 4-3
According to Hoopsstats.com, the Clippers bench averaged 40.1 points during the 2012-13 campaign as compared to only 27.6 from the Grizzlies reserves.
As they did when Jamal Crawford came off the bench to score 29 during an opening night 101-92 win, expect the Grizzlies to struggle with the Clippers depth.
Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol will combine to make this a highly competitive series, but in the end, Chris Paul will eventually lead his team into the second round.