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LA Clippers at Memphis
The Grizzlies look to take advantage of a Clippers team that is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games as a road underdog. Memphis is the pick (-6) according to Dunkel, which has the Grizzlies favored by 8. Dunkel Pick: Memphis (-6). Here are all of today's picks

WEDNESDAY, MAY 9

Game 723-724: New York at Miami (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: New York 117.038; Miami 125.798
Dunkel Line & Total: Miami by 9; 180
Vegas Line & Total: Miami by 11; 183
Dunkel Pick: New York (+11); Under

Game 727-728: LA Clippers at Memphis (9:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: LA Clippers 118.816; Memphis 127.011
Dunkel Line & Total: Memphis by 8; 186
Vegas Line & Total: Memphis by 6; 182 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Memphis (-6); Over
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Wednesday, May 9

Game Score Status Pick Amount

New York - 7:00 PM ET New York +11 500
Miami - Under 183 500

L.A. Clippers - 9:00 PM ET Memphis -6.5 500
Memphis - Over 182.5 500
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LA Lakers at Denver
The Lakers look to bounce back from their Game 5 loss and build on their 7-1 ATS record in their last 8 games as a road underdog of 1 to 4 1/2 points. LA is the pick (+1 1/2) according to Dunkel, which has the game Even. Dunkel Pick: LA Lakers (+1 1/2). Here are all of today's picks

THURSDAY, MAY 10

Game 729-730: Chicago at Philadelphia (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Chicago 120.082; Philadelphia 120.886
Dunkel Line & Total: Philadelphia by 1; 167
Vegas Line & Total: Philadelphia by 3 1/2; 170 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Chicago (+3 1/2); Under

Game 731-732: Atlanta at Boston (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Atlanta 122.854; Boston 126.542
Dunkel Line & Total: Boston by 3 1/2; 176
Vegas Line & Total: Boston by 6 1/2; 173 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Atlanta (+6 1/2); Over

Game 733-734: LA Lakers at Denver (10:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: LA Lakers 120.695; Denver 120.742
Dunkel Line & Total: Even; 194
Vegas Line & Total: Denver by 1 1/2; 198
Dunkel Pick: LA Lakers (+1 1/2); Under




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CHICAGO (52 - 19) at PHILADELPHIA (38 - 33) - 5/10/2012, 7:05 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
PHILADELPHIA is 8-7 against the spread versus CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
CHICAGO is 8-7 straight up against PHILADELPHIA over the last 3 seasons
8 of 15 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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ATLANTA (42 - 29) at BOSTON (42 - 29) - 5/10/2012, 8:05 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
ATLANTA is 8-7 against the spread versus BOSTON over the last 3 seasons
ATLANTA is 8-7 straight up against BOSTON over the last 3 seasons
9 of 15 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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LA LAKERS (44 - 27) at DENVER (40 - 31) - 5/10/2012, 10:35 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
DENVER is 10-6 against the spread versus LA LAKERS over the last 3 seasons
DENVER is 8-8 straight up against LA LAKERS over the last 3 seasons
12 of 16 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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Armadillo's Write-Up

Thursday, May 10

Hawks @ Celtics (3-2)-- All five Atlanta starters scored between 13-19 points in Game 5, as bench played only 29:00, scoring 9 points. Hawks were 4-20 from arc in losing Games 3-4 here. Atlanta took 21-20 FTs in Games 1-2, but only 15-17-14 in last three games- they need to go to basket more and get to line more. Boston made 11-26 from arc in Game 4, but are 16-71 outside arc in other four games. Home side won four of five series games. Atlanta scored 83-80-84-89-87 points in series.

Bulls @ 76ers (3-2)-- Philly outscored Chicago 65-29 from foul line last three games (101-56 for series); Bulls' starting Gs went 5-19 from floor in last game-- playing without Rose/Noah is tough for Chicago, which forced total of only 23 turnovers in three series losses. Noah still hasn't run/jumped, but will try to play. 76ers scored only 52 points from floor, shooting 32%- Game 5 was 35-26 at the half. Ugly. Sixers shot less than 40% from floor in last three games, after shooting 59% in Game 2.

Lakers (3-2) @ Nuggets-- Denver wants to run, eliminating an advantage Lakers have with Bynum underneath; road team won last two games, as three of last four series games were decided by 4 or less points. Bryant was 14-32 from floor in Game 5, Bynum just 5-8; the farther the ball is shot from the basket, the better for Nuggets. In three series wins, Lakers took 17-15-17 treys; in two losses, 25-24. Weird thing about this series is road team took more foul shots in all five games.




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Atlanta Hawks at Boston Celtics (-6, 174)

THE STORY: The Boston Celtics take a second stab at clinching their first-round series when they host the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday. Atlanta cut Boston’s lead to 3-2 in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference matchup by notching an 87-86 victory in Tuesday’s Game 5. The Hawks are vying to become the ninth team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 deficit. The Celtics would like to wrap up the series at home and avoid a Game 7 in Atlanta on Saturday.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, TNT, Sport South (Atlanta), Comcast SportsNet New England (Boston)

ABOUT THE HAWKS: Center Al Horford started for the first time in nearly four months and had 19 points and 11 rebounds and also hit the go-ahead basket. Horford played 41 minutes in his second game since tearing a pectoral muscle in January. Horford’s presence has bolstered a squad that looked ready to go quietly after forward Josh Smith missed Game 3 with a knee injury. Smith had 13 points and 16 rebounds in Game 5 and is averaging 16.5 points and 14.8 rebounds in the series. Guard Joe Johnson is averaging a team-leading 17.2 points despite shooting just 23.3 percent from 3-point range.

ABOUT THE CELTICS: Boston had a chance to clinch in the final seconds of Game 5 after Rajon Rondo stole an inbounds pass for his fifth steal of the contest, but the Celtics were unable to get off a shot as Rondo fumbled the ball. Rondo is averaging 17.5 points, 12.8 assists and four steals in the four games in which he has played. Forward Paul Pierce is struggling physically with his ailing left knee and had 16 points and is averaging a team-leading 21.8 points. Guard Ray Allen is playing well despite his ankle injury and averaging 13.3 points off the bench.

TRENDS:
- The Hawks are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games as a road underdog.
- The Celtics are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games as a home favorite.
- Over is 17-5 in Hawks' last 22 overall.

BUZZER BEATERS:

1. Atlanta’s 87 points in Game 5 were its most in the series, while Boston has scored fewer than 86 points just once.

2. Hawks forward Marvin Williams was a big contributor in Game 5 with 15 points after scoring a total of 16 points over the first four games.

3. Celtics forward Kevin Garnett has just 12 combined rebounds over the last two games after averaging 12.3 per game over the first three contests.



Chicago Bulls at Philadelphia 76ers (-3, 169)

THE STORY: The Chicago Bulls stepped up on the verge of elimination Tuesday, turning in a stifling defensive effort to stay alive in the series. With Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah out, Luol Deng finally delivered an All-Star performance, burying key 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and finishing with a game-high 24 points as the Bulls pulled to within 3-2 in the series. The Philadelphia 76ers still have the advantage and will try to close it out at home in Game 6.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, CSCH (Chicago), CSN (Philadelphia), NBATV

ABOUT THE BULLS: Deng averaged eight points in the first three games without Rose but finally broke out in Game 5, becoming the offensive force that Chicago needed in the fourth quarter. Carlos Boozer was strong on the inside, scoring 12 of his 19 points in the third quarter to keep the Bulls clear and adding 13 rebounds. Chicago had another scary moment in the third quarter of Game 5, when Taj Gibson rolled his ankle and had to be taken to the locker room. The reserve forward returned in the fourth and is expected to play in Game 6. The Bulls are hoping to avoid becoming the fifth No. 1 seed to lose in the first round to a No. 8 seed.

ABOUT THE 76ERS: Philadelphia has not shot the ball well in any of the last three games but managed to pull out the first two thanks to some good execution down the stretch from Jrue Holiday and Andre Iguodala. The Bulls managed to slow those two on Tuesday, holding them to a combined 9 for 36 from the field. The 76ers scored just 26 points in the first half - the lowest half in franchise playoff history during the shot clock era. Spencer Hawes, who went over 20 points in Games 3 and 4, was held to 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting in Game 5 and was the focus of intense pressure by Boozer, Gibson and Omer Asik. Hawes ended up with a scratch on the left side of face running from his eye to his lip.

TRENDS:
- The 76ers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
- The Bulls are 2-6 ATS in their last eight road games.
- The under is 9-2 in the Bulls' last 11 overall.

BUZZER BEATERS:

1. Noah is questionable for Game 6.

2. The Bulls gave swingman Ronnie Brewer a series-high 29 minutes off the bench on Tuesday as a defensive stopper on Holiday, Iguodala and Evan Turner.

3. Philadelphia F Thaddeus Young, who averaged 12.8 points in the regular season, was held scoreless on Tuesday and has not reached double figures in any of the last four games.



Los Angeles Lakers at Denver Nuggets (-1.5, 198)

THE STORY: Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum received a tutorial in his ongoing NBA education, watching the Denver Nuggets stave off elimination with a pulsating road win in Game 5. The Nuggets – admittedly fueled by Bynum's comments that close-out games can be easy – forced the series back to Denver for Game 6 on Thursday night and have a chance to deadlock the best-of-seven series at 3-3. Tuesday’s loss snapped a string of eight straight wins by the Lakers in potential close-out games.

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT, ALT

ABOUT THE LAKERS: A spectacular barrage of late 3-pointers by Kobe Bryant overshadowed a remarkably lackluster effort by Los Angeles in Game 5. While Bryant finished with 43 points, it speaks volumes to the Lakers' offensive inefficiency that reserve Matt Barnes took 14 shots – second only to Bryant. Barnes is 2 of 20 from behind the arc in the series, and the continued reliance on the perimeter game has prevented Los Angeles from exploiting its massive size advantage inside. Forward Pau Gasol's scoring average is down nearly five points from the regular season and his nine points in Game 5 marked the first time he failed to score in double figures since Jan. 22.

ABOUT THE NUGGETS: For those who thought backup center JaVale McGee's breakout performance in Game 3 was an aberration, guess again. The skywalking McGee scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half and grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds, including six on the offensive glass. Equally impressive was the stunning contributions of backup point guard Andre Miller, who had 24 points and eight rebounds and ignited the run that allowed Nuggets to build a 15-point fourth-quarter lead. Another key development was the awakening of shooting guard Arron Afflalo, who scored 19 points. He had netted only 36 points in the first four games after averaging 18.7 points in the final month of the season.

TRENDS:
- The Lakers are 9-19 ATS in their last 28 games overall.
- The Nuggets are 7-2 ATS in their last nine games overall.
- The under is 22-7 in the last 29 meetings.

BUZZER BEATERS:

1. In four games at the Pepsi Center this season, Bryant is shooting a mere 30.3 percent (30 of 99).

2. The Lakers had not lost a close-out playoff game since 2006 against Phoenix.

3. Teams facing a 3-1 deficit have come back to win a series only eight times in NBA history.


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Thursday, May 10

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CHICAGO (52 - 19) at PHILADELPHIA (38 - 33) - 5/10/2012, 7:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
PHILADELPHIA is 86-71 ATS (+7.9 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
PHILADELPHIA is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) in home games versus good defensive teams - allowing <=91 points/game this season.
CHICAGO is 41-30 ATS (+8.0 Units) in all games this season.
CHICAGO is 49-34 ATS (+11.6 Units) in road games over the last 2 seasons.
CHICAGO is 45-31 ATS (+10.9 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
PHILADELPHIA is 13-24 ATS (-13.4 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
PHILADELPHIA is 8-7 against the spread versus CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
CHICAGO is 8-7 straight up against PHILADELPHIA over the last 3 seasons
8 of 15 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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ATLANTA (42 - 29) at BOSTON (42 - 29) - 5/10/2012, 8:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
ATLANTA is 9-24 ATS (-17.4 Units) in road games in all playoff games since 1996.
ATLANTA is 44-68 ATS (-30.8 Units) in road games versus good defensive teams - allowing <=91 points/game since 1996.
BOSTON is 16-6 ATS (+9.4 Units) against Southeast division opponents this season.
BOSTON is 150-191 ATS (-60.1 Units) in home games revenging a loss vs opponent since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
ATLANTA is 8-7 against the spread versus BOSTON over the last 3 seasons
ATLANTA is 8-7 straight up against BOSTON over the last 3 seasons
9 of 15 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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LA LAKERS (44 - 27) at DENVER (40 - 31) - 5/10/2012, 10:35 PM
Top Trends for this game.
LA LAKERS are 29-41 ATS (-16.1 Units) in all games this season.
LA LAKERS are 12-22 ATS (-12.2 Units) in road games this season.
LA LAKERS are 27-40 ATS (-17.0 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 99+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.
DENVER is 86-69 ATS (+10.1 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
DENVER is 27-15 ATS (+10.5 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
LA LAKERS are 81-52 ATS (+23.8 Units) in road games versus poor defensive teams - allowing 99+ points/game - 2nd half of the season since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
DENVER is 10-6 against the spread versus LA LAKERS over the last 3 seasons
DENVER is 8-8 straight up against LA LAKERS over the last 3 seasons
12 of 16 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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Thursday, May 10

EC Quarterfinals, Game Six (Philadelphia Leads, 3-2)
Chicago at Philadelphia, 7:05 ET NBATV
Chicago: 18-6 ATS off ATS losses in 2 of their last 3 games
Philadelpia: 10-23 ATS at home off a road loss

EC Quarterfinals, Game Six (Boston Leads, 3-2)
Atlanta at Boston, 8:05 ET TNT
Atlanta: 9-24 ATS away in playoff games
Boston: 16-6 ATS vs. Southeast Division opponents

WC Quarterfinals, Game Six (Los Angeles Leads, 3-2)
LA Lakers at Denver, 10:35 ET TNT
LA Lakers: 5-16 ATS off a home loss
Denver: 13-3 Over at home off an Under
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Game Score Status Pick Amount

Chicago - 7:00 PM ET Chicago +3 500
Philadelphia - Over 169.5 500

Atlanta - 8:00 PM ET Boston -6.5 500
Boston - Under 173.5 500

L.A. Lakers - 10:30 PM ET Denver -1.5 500
Denver - Under 197 500
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Game Score Status Pick Amount

Chicago - 7:00 PM ET Chicago +3 500
Philadelphia - Over 169.5 500

Atlanta - 8:00 PM ET Boston -6.5 500
Boston - Under 173.5 500

L.A. Lakers - 10:30 PM ET Denver -1.5 500
Denver - Under 197 500
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Game Score Status Pick Amount

Chicago - 7:00 PM ET Chicago +3 500
Philadelphia - Over 169.5 500

Atlanta - 8:00 PM ET Boston -6.5 500
Boston - Under 173.5 500

L.A. Lakers - 10:30 PM ET Denver -1.5 500
Denver - Under 197 500
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Memphis at LA Clippers
The Clippers look to take advantage of a Memphis team that is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 road games. LA is the pick (-1 1/2) according to Dunkel, which has the Clippers favored by 4. Dunkel Pick: LA Clippers (-1 1/2). Here are all of today's picks

FRIDAY, MAY 11

Game 743-744: Memphis at LA Clippers (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Memphis 120.719; LA Clippers 124.809
Dunkel Line & Total: LA Clippers by 4; 187
Vegas Line & Total: LA Clippers by 1 1/2; No Total
Dunkel Pick: LA Clippers (-1 1/2); N/A




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Friday, May 11

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MEMPHIS (43 - 28) at LA CLIPPERS (43 - 28) - 5/11/2012, 9:05 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
MEMPHIS is 8-7 against the spread versus LA CLIPPERS over the last 3 seasons
LA CLIPPERS is 9-7 straight up against MEMPHIS over the last 3 seasons
10 of 16 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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Friday, May 11

WC Quarterfinals, Game Six (Los Angeles Leads, 3-2)
Memphis at LA Clippers, 9:05 ET ESPN
Memphis: 10-3 ATS after allowing 85 points or less
LA Clippers: 18-35 ATS vs. Southwest Division opponents




NBA
Armadillo's Write-Up

Friday, May 11

Grizzlies @ Clippers (3-2)-- Health of Paul/Griffin is key to this game, as Clippers are dead if Paul can't be explosive off the dribble. LA has 3-2 series edge, but its three wins are by combined total of six points, with two 1-point wins and one in OT. Clippers won seven of last ten series games-- home team is 9-2 in last 11 series games, 7-2 this year. Grizzlies had a 24-point lead to 4 in Game 5, reminding us how a blown 27-point lead in Game 1 has swung this series in LA's favor. Question becomes this: Can the Clippers finish it off, or like Chicago, are they too injured?




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Friday, May 11

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Memphis Grizzlies at Los Angeles Clippers (-1.5, N/A)

THE STORY: The stars appeared to be aligned for the Los Angeles Clippers – until a loss at Memphis in Game 5 that left All-Stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin injured and in need of medical treatment prior to Friday night's Game 6 of the Clippers' first-round series with the Grizzlies. The health of Paul (hip) and Griffin (knee) will be the overriding storyline as Los Angeles looks to wrap up the series and avoid a return trip to Memphis for a potential Game 7. As of Thursday evening, both were listed as game-time decisions.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, ESPN

ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES: Memphis staved off elimination with another dominant performance for most of three quarters before wilting and seeing a 24-point lead dwindle to six. It was eerily reminiscent of Game 1, when the Grizzlies blew a 27-point lead. Big men Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph were the keys to the fast start, combining for 27 points in the first quarter and 42 overall, but they were invisible for nearly the entire fourth quarter as the Clippers were making their comeback. Gasol finally asserted himself with 23 points after scoring a total of 27 in the previous three games and attempting only nine shots in the two losses in Los Angeles.

ABOUT THE CLIPPERS: Paul jammed the middle finger on his shooting hand early Wednesday, but a strained hip flexor forced him to the bench with 1:24 to play. His ability to take over a game cannot be overstated. Paul scored 10 points in an 81-second span of the third quarter to cut a 24-point deficit in half. He said he couldn’t continue Wednesday but insisted he will be ready for Game 6. Griffin had his first career double-double before hyper-flexing his knee with 1 ½ minutes left in the third quarter. While he remained in the game, he had just one point after he was hurt. He underwent an MRI exam Thursday.

TRENDS:
- The Grizzlies are 1-5 ATS in their last six road games.
- The under is 9-2 in the Grizzlies' last 11 road games.
- The home team is 5-2-1 ATS in the last eight meetings.

BUZZER BEATERS:

1. With Paul,Griffin and Caron Butler (broken hand) all ailing, Clippers G Mo Williams scored 20 points and sparked the fourth-quarter comeback.

2. After hitting a season-high 11 3-pointers in Game 1, Memphis has gone 10 of 44 from behind the arc.

3. How rare is it for a team to come back from a 3-1 deficit and win a series? It’s only been done eight times in NBA history.

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Game 6 - Grizzlies/Clippers

May 10, 2012


The lone Friday night game inside the NBA playoffs involves a team from Los Angeles, just not the Lakers. The Clippers squandered an opportunity to close their first round series with the Grizzlies after getting blown out at FedEx Forum, 92-80 in Game 5. L.A. still leads, 3-2 with the series shifting back to Staples Center as the Clippers look to advance to the second round for just the second time since 1977.

Memphis stayed alive with Wednesday's 12-point victory as 6 ½-point favorites, while the 'under' of 183 cashed thanks to a 30-point fourth quarter. The Grizzlies jumped out to a 14-point cushion after one quarter, as Lionel Hollins' squad led comfortably, 57-42 at the half. The three-point shooting by the Grizzlies was non-existent (0-6), but the fourth-seed made up for it by knocking down 28 of 34 free throws.

The difference in Game 5 was the frontcourt production, as the Grizzlies' starters outscored the Clippers' big three of Caron Butler, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan by a 56-24 count. Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph dominated in the paint by combining for 42 points and 17 rebounds. Rudy Gay stepped up after missing last season's playoffs with a shoulder injury, as the former UConn standout is averaging 20.1 points per game in this series.

The home team improved to 7-1 SU and 5-2-1 ATS in eight meetings this season, as the Clippers have won all four matchups with the Grizzlies at Staples Center. Los Angeles rallied in Game 3 to pull out an 87-86 triumph, but failed to cover as three-point 'chalk.' The problem with Vinny Del Negro's team in this series is free throw shooting, which saw plenty of clanks in a 13-of-30 performance from the charity stripe in Game 3.

The Grizzlies made the comeback in Game 4 to force overtime, but the Clippers hit timely free throws to hold off Memphis, 101-97 as two-point favorites. Griffin and Chris Paul combined to score 57 points, while Butler overcame a hand injury in Game 1 by putting up 14 points.

Both Paul and Griffin were knocked around in Game 5, as the All-Star point guard strained his right hip flexor and jammed a finger. The former Slam Dunk champion sprained his left knee, but both Clippers' stars are expected to play on Friday night.

The Clippers last advanced to the conference semifinals in 2006, when Los Angeles knocked out Denver in five games. L.A. eventually was bounced by Phoenix in an epic seven-game series in the second round, as this is uncharted territory for a franchise that has bounced from Buffalo to San Diego to Los Angeles looking for any kind of success.

Memphis is in the playoffs for just the fifth time in its 17-year history, dating back to the early days of Bryant Reeves in Vancouver. The Grizzlies own a 2-4 SU/ATS record in elimination contests inside the postseason, with one of those victories coming in Game 5 against the Clippers.

The bad news for potential Memphis backers in Friday's Game 6 is the 2-7 SU/ATS mark in the last nine away games off a win. The 'under' has turned into profitable play in this situation, cashing in seven of nine opportunities. The Clippers have dominated at home off a defeat, winning 13 of 15 times, even though L.A. is 2-5 ATS the previous seven contests in this scenario. The 'under' is 12-3 in these 15 contests, including a sizzling 10-2 mark when the Clippers are listed as a home favorite.

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