Los Angeles Clippers vs. Memphis Grizzlies
8:00 PM ET, April 13, 2013
FedEx Forum, Memphis, TN
This is more than likely going to be a preview of the first round in the Western Conference playoffs, as the 4th seeded Clippers take on the 5th seeded Grizzlies in what can only be described as a battle in the paint. This game is also the last of the regular season for both teams; the Clippers look to win the series 3-1. Memphis lost their first two games in LA but won last week at home and has all the intentions of doing it again here.
The Clippers will look to get the ball down low as they usually do, but that is where this game will get interesting. The Grizzles have one of the best interior defenses in the West, making moving the ball and outside penetration difficult. In my opinion, the Clippers will have to rely much more on their shooting game than their “lob city” game as they are known. The Grizzlies are an older team that needs rest, but they also need to stay limber and gather excitement heading into the playoffs. A win in their last regular season meeting would really help them get into the feeling for round one.
YOUR INSIDE SCOOP…
I know that the Clippers younger, faster and better in transition… but they lack a lot of experience and they don’t have that outside shooter that can get red hot and burn other teams. They are -2.5 in this game and the public is all over them and I can see why. I also know that the Grizzlies are very talented on the inside as well as more experienced, they have a way of turning it on at the right time and I think that they will really cause the Clippers some issues in the post. I like the Grizzlies to tie the series up and use this win as fire for their first round battle.