So who is playing who in the NBA playoffs? Vietbet customers STILL don’t know it, and that is why Saturday night’s NBA betting action between the Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers (10:05 PM ET at the Staples Center) is so significant.
The situation in the Western Conference is even wilder than it was last season. The Grizzlies are tied with the San Antonio Spurts for the second spot in the West, after San Antonio took care of business against Houston on Friday during their furious “end run.” The Rockets dropped down to a tie for fifth, right there with the Clippers, who are at 53-26. So one game separates a number of teams. to the extent that four of them could be tired by the end of the evening.
The Grizzlies really worked hard on Friday night to beat the Utah Jazz, who, as noted many times in this space, have become an extremely troublesome side since the All-Star break. They played a real grinder in the high altitude, and now they are going up against a Clipper squad that had played just twice in the last week – both of them against the lowly Lakers – and has had three full days off.
Vietbet patrons could probably agree that the Clippers have the “scheduling advantage.” Memphis hasn’t been particularly bad or good when playing the second end of back-to-back games, with a 9-10 pointspread record in those situations. And they have not been getting the money on the road lately either (2-5 ATS last seven).
Both of these teams have been trending toward unders of late as well – for the Clippers, it has been four unders in the last five games, while the Grizzlies are 5-1-1 to the “under” over the last seven. How does that affect this number, where the total is 197 at Vietbet?
Memphis has played ten unders in 19 games when on the back end of the back-to-back. And by the way, the Clippers are enjoying such a luxury of rest that this is only the fourth such instance in which they have had three days of more of preparation, so there really isn’t much of a sampling to go by.
Perhaps the disparity in prep time will have its greatest effect when it comes to key injured players on both sides.
Memphis point guard Mike Conley had originally been left off the injury report for Friday night’s game in Utah, but was later declared out with a foot sprain. It may have simply been a decision as to which of these two games he was going to be available for. And this contest, in which just one game separates the teams and the Clippers are favored by 8.5 points in NBA betting at Vietbet, is the one the Grizzlies will need all the help in the world for.
Jamal Crawford could benefit from the three days off, but maybe not. After being on the shelf for five weeks with a calf injury, he came back against the Lakers on Tuesday and was not bothered by the calf at all. However, he was not close to being in game shape. Let’s put it this way – when a player is saying things like “My legs feel like I’m carrying one of my teammates on them right now,” he has a ways to go. And when that guy is the league’s Sixth Man of the Year, his contributions – or lack of same – make a material difference.
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CHARLES JAY, a contributor to BangTheBook.com, is one of the most experienced sports betting writers in America, as he has written more than 10,000 pieces specifically for the industry over the last seven years. At one time employed as an editorial consultant with USA Network, he is also a former syndicated radio talk show host (American Radio Networks) and has also done color commentary on boxing events in the past for Prime Network (now known as Fox SportsNet). He is a veteran of more than a decade and a half working within the professional sports industry, and has been handicapping sporting events for over 25 years. In addition to this, he has compiled specialty odds for a number of online sportsbook operations and media outlets.