LA Clippers vs Memphis Grizzlies- 4/11/15 NBA Fantasy Sports, Basketball Picks, Odds & Predictions
The NBA regular season will near its completion and there are still a number of games that are important for playoff entry and vital seed position. One of those games will be played on Saturday April 11th as the LA Clippers are at home to the Memphis Grizzlies on NBA TV at 10PM Eastern Time.
The Memphis Grizzlies head into Staples Center with a record of 54-25. The Clippers are 53-26. Each team has just three games left on their regular season. A check of the Western conference playoff seeds and we find the Memphis Grizzlies holding a slim one game lead over the fifth seeded LA Clippers. The Grizzlies are a ½ game ahead of the San Antonio Spurs. The two seed is huge in the Western conference as it will give the team home court advantage in the first two rounds of the playoffs.
The Memphis Grizzlies will be on a back to back after a hard fought one point road win at Utah on Saturday. After a three game losing streak at end of March the Grizzlies have now won four of their past five games. They have been hit with impact injuries to their rotation as starting guard Tony Allen is out for a week with a hamstring injury. Mike Conley has a sprained foot and did not play at Utah on Saturday. Conley is listed as questionable. Should Conley play expect the Clippers to play fast as they are rested to test his sprained foot.
The LA Clippers have had an easy schedule playing bottom feeders from the Western and Eastern conference. As a result the team has won four straight and nine of ten games. The team has been scoring points as they have put up 105 or greater points in ten straight games. They are a relatively healthy team and will play with three days of rest after beating the Lakers on Tuesday night.
Memphis Grizzlies Point Guard: With Mike Conley banged up it will mean more minutes for backup point guard Beno Udrih. The ten year pro played 35 minutes on Friday in the win at Utah and contributed with 20 points and four rebounds. But with a player that has seen limited minutes you have to wonder about Udrih’s production on a back to back spot here.
Memphis Grizzlies Shooting Guard: Courtney Lee had ten shots at the basket on Friday and hit six shots as the finished with 15 points and three assists against Utah. Lee is averaging 11 points per game over his past five games in nearly 32 minutes per game.
Memphis Grizzlies Power Forward: The Grizzlies big men have always given the Clippers problems. Randolph has scored and rebounding in double digits his past two games. He averaged four assists in those two contests against the Jazz and Pelicans.
Memphis Grizzlies Small Forward: Jeff Green has averaged 15 points and four rebounds per game over his past five games. With Tony Allen out Green has seen more minutes on the court.
Memphis Grizzlies Center: Marc Gasol is the team’s leading scorer at 21 points per game. He is pulling down eight rebounds per contest. The six year pro in three games against the Clippers this season and averaged 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists per game.
LA Clippers Point Guard: Chris Paul has put up some impressive numbers down the stretch as he has averaged 23 points and 12 assists per game over his past five games. The key for Paul is that his supporting cast is healthy and when Paul has all his weapons can be NBA fantasy gold for pro basketball draft managers in their daily cash leagues.
LA Clippers Shooting Guard: J.J. Redick is having a great season from three hitting on 44% from beyond the arc. He has had 25 points or greater in three of his past four games. Over his past five games Redick is making 90% of his free throws and 49% from the field.
LA Clippers Power Forward: Blake Griffin has performed well for cash fantasy league managers as he has averaged 24 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists per game over his past five games.
LA Clippers Small Forward: Matt Barnes is defensive minded but if opportunities present themselves he will produce offensively. On Sunday he scored 14 points and grabbed four rebounds against the Lakers.
LA Clippers Center: DeAndre Jordan has played in all 79 games this season. In three games against Memphis this year Jordan has averaged 34 minutes and scored nine points and grabbed 14 rebounds per games.
One Day Leagues NBA Mock Draft
PG: Chris Paul (Clippers)
SG: J.J. Redick (Clippers)
PF: Blake Griffin (Clippers)
SF: Jeff Green (Grizzlies)
C: Marc Gasol (Grizzlies)