Los Angeles Clippers @ Memphis Grizzlies Saturday April 13, 2013 8:00PM EST
The top teams in the NBA Western Conference may not be done moving around just yet as the Oklahoma City Thunder are now tied with the San Antonio Spurs for the top spot. The online sports books are also keeping an eye on teams like the Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies to see who finishes with the better record. With four games or less remaining on everyone’s schedule, all of the teams are starting to realize the importance of each and every win.
The Los Angeles Clippers had secured the Pacific Division title some time ago, so the team has been focusing on preparing for the playoffs ever since. The betting websites are still not sure just how far Los Angeles will go in the playoffs, but the Clippers have played very well lately and have closed the gap between themselves and the teams ahead of them in the conference standings. The Grizzlies have also been playing well, but Memphis seems to be in a tough spot that will not allow them to get much further than fifth in the standings. This game is critical to both of these teams for momentum and confidence heading into the playoffs.
Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers are on a three-game winning streak right now and have won six of their last 10 games. The sports betting world is keeping a close eye on the Clippers because the team seems just one injury away from falling out of contention for the championship. As the team stands now, it has a good shot at getting past the first round of the playoffs and possibly further. How the Clippers handle this road game against the team that Los Angeles will probably face in the first round of the playoffs will tell a lot.
The Memphis Grizzlies understand the significant opportunity that has been handed to them in this game. The sportsbook experts do not put as much stock into a regular season game as they do the playoffs, but this game will have a heavy playoff atmosphere to it. The Grizzlies can plant that seed of doubt into the heads of the Clippers if Memphis can pull off the win in their own building. This game is a critical prelude to what should be a very interesting and fun playoff series.
The Bottom Line
These late-season games that feature potential playoff opponents have a lot of significance when it comes to setting the tone for the playoffs. In this game, the Clippers do not want to play poorly and enter the playoffs with any doubts in their heads. The Grizzlies know that, if they want to upset the Clippers in the first round of the playoffs, this will be the most important regular season game the team will play.
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Pick: Los Angeles Clippers