NBA Playoffs 2013: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Los Angeles Clippers, Game 5 Picks

Jeff GrantContributor IApril 30, 2013

NBA Playoffs 2013: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Los Angeles Clippers, Game 5 Picks

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    The Los Angeles Clippers have won nine of their last 10 games against the Memphis Grizzlies when scoring 91 or more points, which is important to consider when making your NBA picks Tuesday, as the two teams meet up at the Staples Center.

    Sports bettors will find that the Clippers are five-point home favorites in the pro basketball odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total stands at 179 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at Game 5 of this Western Conference quarterfinal matchup from a betting perspective, while offering up a prediction on the total along the way.

Memphis Grizzlies

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    The Memphis Grizzlies won and covered the spread in their last two home games against the Los Angeles Clippers, including a 104-83 blowout victory as 3.5-point favorites last Saturday.

    NBA handicappers will find that the Grizzlies are 1-6 straight up and 3-4 against the spread as road underdogs of 3.5 to six points this season.

Los Angeles Clippers

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    The Los Angeles Clippers have been out-rebounded by a 92-61 margin in their last two games against the Memphis Grizzlies, while scoring just six second-chance points over that span.

    Over the last two-plus seasons, the Clippers are 12-4 straight up and 11-5 against the spread as home favorites of 3.5 to six points, while the OVER is 11-5 in that situation.

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their NBA playoff picks Tuesday, as the OVER is 8-0 in the Los Angeles Clippers' last eight games as home favorites of 3.5 to six points.

    NBA Pick: Over 179

     

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