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Clippers seek series stranglehold

The Los Angeles Clippers will be looking to put a stranglehold on the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday night as those two teams meet in Game 3 of their Western Conference first-round series.

The Clippers ran their series lead on the Grizzlies to 2-0 on Monday night with a slim 93-91 home win in a game in which they were listed as 6-point favorites on the NBA odds. Chris Paul had 24 points and nine assists for Los Angeles in that victory.

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The Grizzlies currently sports a record of 56-26, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 46-34-2 ATS. The Clippers are 56-26 and 44-36-2 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Grizzlies post a 33-48-1 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Clippers have gone 45-37 against the number.

View LA Clippers vs Memphis Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
For bettors going with the Grizzlies in this one, they were listed earlier as 4-point favorites on the betting line at Bovada. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 180.5 for Monday at shops such as 5Dimes.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Grizzlies sit at No. 8 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Clippers are at No. 5 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Clippers will win this game 101-99.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Memphis's No. 11-rated squad against Los Angeles's No. 18-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Memphis rates No. 30 in the league with 4.7 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 10 with 7.6 per outing.

Defensively, the Clippers feature the league's No. 6-rated defense on the road, giving up 96 points per game. Memphis, meanwhile, comes in at No. 28 in the league in scoring at home.

Last time out for Memphis, they were a 93-91 loser as they battled the Clippers on the road. The Grizzlies covered in the match as a 6-point underdog, while 184 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Mike Conley went off for 28 points and added 3 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Los Angeles defeated Memphis, 93-91 at STAPLES Center.

Los Angeles Clippers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Memphis are 6-4
After playing Memphis are 7-3
After a win are 8-2

Memphis Grizzlies Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing LA Clippers are 6-4
After playing LA Clippers are 4-6
After a loss are 7-3

A few Clippers at Grizzlies trends to consider:
LA Clippers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games
LA Clippers are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games when playing Memphis
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the LA Clippers last 5 games when playing on the road against Memphis
The total has gone OVER in 11 of the LA Clippers last 15 games
Memphis is 14-1 SU in its last 15 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Memphis's last 12 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Memphis's last 5 games when playing at home against LA Clippers
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Memphis's last 11 games

Next up:
LA Clippers at Memphis, Saturday, April 27
Memphis home to LA Clippers, Saturday, April 27