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Grizzlies vs. Clippers Game 6 NBA Playoffs Betting Odds
Carrie Stroup here with your Grizzlies vs. Clippers Game 6 NBA Playoffs betting odds courtesy of our friends at Sportsbook where you can receive up to $250 in FREE CASH when you open an online betting account here today.
Sportsbook.ag Line & Total: Memphis -1.5 & 179
Opening Line & Total: Clippers -1.5 & 181
The Clippers are in position to win their first playoff series since 2006, but their superstars will both be game-time decisions for Friday’s Game 6 versus Memphis.
Both PF Blake Griffin (sprained knee) and PG Chris Paul (hip flexor, finger) were injured in Game 5, but both returned to the game and expect to play on Friday night. Memphis jumped out to big cushion and led by 24 at one point, but the Clippers were able to cut the lead to six in an eventual 92-80 loss. Los Angeles won both games at Staples Center in this series and is 11-2 SU (8-5 ATS) at home versus Memphis over the past six seasons. Two other trends backing the Clippers are that they are 5-1 (SU and ATS) on the season after scoring 85 points or less, and home favorites with a 60% to 75% win percentage are 59-25 (70%) coming off a double-digit road loss in the past five seasons when facing a team with a winning record.
For the season, Memphis is now 15-20 SU (14-20-1 ATS) on the road, averaging a mere 91.3 PPG on 43.5% FG away from home. The Grizzlies two big men both played their best games of the series in Game 5 as C Marc Gasol scored 23 points with seven rebounds and PF Zach Randolph pitched in with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Memphis had a huge points-in-the-paint advantage Wednesday (48-26) to make up for an 0-for-6 clip from three-point range.
SF Rudy Gay had his lowest scoring output in Game 5 (14 points, 6-of-14 FG), but he still leads the Grizzlies with 20.2 PPG in this series. However, Gay shot poorly in both games in L.A. this series, making just 13-of-38 shots (34%). Speaking of poor shooting, SG O.J. Mayo (10.8 PPG in series) continues to struggle putting the ball in the basket. After averaging 18.5 PPG in Games 1-2, he has scored a total of 17 points over his past three games, making just 3-of-20 FG (1-for-8 threes). PG Mike Conley has been strong throughout the series though, averaging 15.8 PPG (48.1% FG), 7.2 APG and just 2.0 TOPG. His best game was the last time the series was in L.A., scoring 25 points (10-for-15 FG) with eight assists and seven rebounds in the Game 4 defeat.
L.A. is 26-9 SU (18-17 ATS) at home this season, scoring 98.8 PPG on 46.7% FG. The Clippers are actually shooting with great accuracy from the field (47.1% FG) and from three-point range (38.5%) in this series, but continue to hurt themselves from the foul line (65.7%). L.A. had outshot Memphis 50% FG to 44% FG through the first four games of the series, but the Grizzlies were the more accurate shooters on Wednesday at 44.4% FG compared to a meager 37.1% FG for the Clippers.
Paul has been the series MVP with 22.6 PPG (47% FG), 7.8 APG and 5.2 RPG, and was still able to score 19 points with four steals in Game 5 despite his injury. Paul had 25.5 PPG, 9.0 APG and 6.5 RPG in the two home games this series. Griffin has scored at least 15 points in each game this series, averaging 20.2 PPG on 57% FG, which his higher than his 55% free-throw rate (23-of-42 FT). His best game came the last time these teams played in L.A. in Game 4, with Griffin scoring 30 points on 10-of-15 shooting. SF Caron Butler injured his non-shooting hand in Game 1, and has made just 9-of-27 shots since the injury. But he does have 11.0 PPG over the past two games, including a series-high 14 points in the Game 4 home win. SG Nick Young has cooled down considerably since his 15.0 PPG on 10-of-16 FG (6-of-7 threes) in Games 1-2. In the past three contests, Young has a total of 12 points on 4-of-13 FG (2-for-7 threes), logging just 16.3 MPG. PF Reggie Evans continues to help big time on the interior with 8.4 RPG in the series, and backup PG Mo Williams has provided instant offense with 11.4 PPG in just 23.0 MPG in the series. He pumped in 20 points in Game 5, but shot just 8-for-21 from the floor (3-of-9 threes).
- Carrie Stroup, Gambling911.com Senior Reporter
Submitted by Carrie Stroup on Fri, 05/11/2012 - 15:03