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Betting Tips Grizzlies Clippers – Grizzlies Look To Steal Back Home Advantage

Posted by Craig Parsons on 5/4/2012 6:27:00 PM

When the Memphis Grizzlies allowed the Los Angeles Clippers to record the biggest sports betting comeback in NBA playoff history, it was much worse than simply conceding home court advantage in the series. The Grizzlies admitted the serious psychological effects of their game one loss, but that only increased their resolve for game two and the chance to draw even. Memphis responded with a 105-98 win at the FedEx Forum on Wednesday, and now after a couple of days off to regroup will have the chance to take back home advantage with game three on Saturday in Los Angeles.

Memphis Grizzlies @ Los Angles Clippers
Saturday May 5, 2012 – 4:30 PM ET
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
NBA Sportsbook Line: Los Angeles Clippers

For as much as the game one comeback win meant to the Clippers, they still have a lot of work to do if they are going to make it through to the second round. One reason that Los Angeles was able to record that big comeback win was because it was in such a big hole in the first place, and they have to be better with Memphis unlikely to concede another big lead in similar fashion.

NBA Betting Pick: Memphis Grizzlies

For as tough as the game one collapse must have been for some of the Grizzlies’ players to deal with, perhaps the only positive in the mess was the way they took responsibility for what happened and moved forward as a team. There was no single performances pointed out, no negative talk, only resolve and the determination to put that game in the past with a win. OJ Mayo scored 10 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, and Memphis rallied together with six players reaching double-digit points totals in game two. The Grizzlies should probably be up two games heading to Los Angeles, but rather than worry about the result this team is prepared to take the positive to go out and execute.

NBA Betting Pick: Los Angeles Clippers

If the Clippers are expecting that every game will be as easy as the first, they are in for a major shock. Los Angeles has struggled with consistency all season, and as incredible as their series-opening win was they still need three more victories to advance and its unlikely that Memphis will cough up another big lead. Chris Paul scored 29 points with six assists and five steals on Wednesday in another solid performance, and while Blake Griffin, Nick Young, and Mo Williams all reached double-digits in scoring, the Clippers weren’t committed enough at their own end of the floor. Los Angeles should get a spark playing a postseason game in front of their home fans on the same day as this year’s Kentucky Derby betting, and they need to respond by playing a full four quarters.

NBA Betting Pick: Outlook & Pick

The Grizzlies were embarrassed in front of their home fans in game one, so look for them to do whatever they can to return the favor as the series shifts to Hollywood. Memphis is a solid team with very little in terms of holes, and while the game one collapse won’t be forgotten anytime soon, the Grizzlies now have the chance to return the favor with a big road win that would swing momentum back in their favor.

NBA Betting Pick: Memphis Grizzlies 

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