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National Basketball Association
Preview
L.A. Clippers at Memphis
When: 8:00 PM ET, Friday, February 27, 2015
Where: FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee

The Memphis Grizzlies look to follow up on Monday’s victory over Los Angeles when they host the Clippers on Friday. Memphis is 2-0 against the Clippers this season, including the tightly contested affair in Los Angeles in which Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley stole the ball from Clippers point guard Chris Paul to preserve the 90-87 victory. Los Angeles has lost two straight games and Memphis fell to Sacramento 102-90 on Wednesday.

The loss to Kings marked only the fourth time in 20 games that the Grizzlies have lost as they have worked their way into second place in the Western Conference. After losing to Memphis, the Clippers opened a four-game road trip with a 110-105 loss to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday while allowing 17 3-point baskets. Paul had 22 points and 14 assists against the Rockets after having 30 points and 10 assists against the Grizzlies.

TV:
8 p.m. ET, Prime Ticket (Los Angeles), SportSouth (Memphis)

ABOUT THE CLIPPERS (37-21): Los Angeles has been in a bit of an adjustment mode without injured All-Star forward Blake Griffin and currently sits sixth in the Western Conference. It wasn’t until recently that the Clippers began playing with more urgency and that will still need to be dialed up with March right around the corner. “We still have a ways to go,” veteran guard Jamal Crawford told reporters. “You don’t want to be playing your best ball right now, but you want to start building, especially heading toward the end of the season.”

ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES (41-15): Power forward Zach Randolph struggled mightily against the Clippers with seven points on 2-of-12 shooting but bounced back to produce 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting against Sacramento. Randolph was just 14-of-45 shooting in a three-game span before the effort against the Kings, which was his first 20-point outing since Jan. 31 versus the Oklahoma City Thunder. Center Marc Gasol has been rather pedestrian since the All-Star break by averaging 16.3 points and 6.3 rebounds.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Memphis has won the past three meetings.

2. Crawford leads all reserves with 21 20-point outings this season.

3. Grizzlies swingman Vince Carter (foot) will miss his 11th straight game.

PREDICTION: Grizzlies 96, Clippers 92
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
L.A. Clippers 37-21 L2 23-8 14-13 5-5 32-16 8-2 24-10
Memphis 41-15 L1 23-5 18-10 6-3 35-12 6-5 25-10
Last Meeting
L.A. Clippers Memphis
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
2/23/15 MEM 90 LAC 87 87 40 44.3 90 42 40.7
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
L.A. Clippers C. Paul 30 59.1 2
Memphis M. Conley 18 50.0 7
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
L.A. Clippers D. Jordan 17 3 14
Memphis Z. Randolph 10 1 9
Assists Player  
L.A. Clippers C. Paul 10
Memphis M. Conley 7
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
L.A. Clippers B. Griffin 1313 50.2 274
Memphis M. Gasol 1087 49.2 287
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
L.A. Clippers D. Jordan 883 281 602
Memphis Z. Randolph 577 178 399
Assists Player  
L.A. Clippers C. Paul 636
Memphis M. Conley 299
Quickchart Matchup
L.A. Clippers Off vs  Memphis Defense
106.9 Points For
95.6 Points Against
47.2 FG%
44.1 FG%
42.0 Reb
42.8 Reb
Memphis Off vs  L.A. Clippers Defense
100.1 Points For
100.9 Points Against
45.9 FG%
44.9 FG%
42.8 Reb
42.6 Reb