Memphis Grizzlies vs. Los Angeles Clippers
Tip-off: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 – 10:30 PM ET
STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA
The Memphis Grizzlies have had a few days to really understand what happened during those back-to-back defeats and now feel rejuvenated while the Los Angeles Clippers are back home and excited to use that energy back in their favor in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series.
This Los Angeles team were previously outplayed at both ends of the court by Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol and Co. during Games 3 and 4. The 21-point rout on Saturday that evened the series at two games apiece represented the most lopsided postseason win in the history of Memphis’ franchise.
However, the Clippers don’t feel the Grizz have really affected them. YouWager experts consider Los Angeles has to keep in mind what happened last season, when they beat Memphis in the opening round with a Game 7 triumph at Grizzlies territory.
The Clippers have relied on Paul, Blake Griffin, Caron Butler, DeAndre Jordan and Chauncey Billups — when he’s not injured — to get the team off to fast starts and then let their deep bench widen the lead.
Reserves Jamal Crawford and Eric Bledsoe have been fast and quick and in addition with the ferociousness and timely perimeter shooting of Matt Barnes, and the veteran savvy provided by forward Lamar Odom, bettors considered that was enough to neutralize the presence of Randolph and Gasol, the league’s defensive player of the year. However, as online sports experts point out, things haven’t been that way.
One detail that has held Los Angeles back has been the shooting of Butler and Crawford, who was runner-up for sixth man of the year.
In the first two basketball games of the series, Los Angeles had an 87-61 rebounding edge and resembled the team that knocked Memphis out of the playoffs in the opening round in 2012. However once the venue shifted back home, the Grizzlies turned into terrors on the boards while fast-breaking the Clippers into submission.
Memphis outrebounded the Clips 92-61 in the two games at Memphis — including a 27-9 margin on the offensive glass — and outscored them 44-6 in second-chance points.