Morant, Grizzlies square off against the Clippers

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Thursday, March 30, 2023

Los Angeles Clippers (41-36, fifth in the Western Conference) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (48-28, second in the Western Conference)

Memphis, Tennessee; Friday, 8 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: Russell Westbrook and the Los Angeles Clippers take on Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies in Western Conference action.

The Grizzlies are 28-20 in Western Conference games. Memphis is second in the Western Conference with 34.4 defensive rebounds per game led by Steven Adams averaging 6.5.

The Clippers are 24-23 in conference matchups. Los Angeles has a 19-20 record in games decided by 10 or more points.

The teams meet for the third time this season. In the last meeting on March 30 the Clippers won 141-132 led by 36 points from Westbrook, while Morant scored 36 points for the Grizzlies.

TOP PERFORMERS: Dillon Brooks is averaging 14.3 points for the Grizzlies. Luke Kennard is averaging 13.8 points over the last 10 games for Memphis.

Westbrook is averaging 15.8 points, 5.9 rebounds and 7.5 assists for the Clippers. Eric Gordon is averaging 2.6 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Los Angeles.

LAST 10 GAMES: Grizzlies: 8-2, averaging 124.3 points, 43.1 rebounds, 27.8 assists, 8.5 steals and 4.9 blocks per game while shooting 51.3% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 118.0 points per game.

Clippers: 7-3, averaging 117.5 points, 40.7 rebounds, 27.7 assists, 8.8 steals and 3.6 blocks per game while shooting 51.7% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 111.7 points.

INJURIES: Grizzlies: Steven Adams: out (knee), Vince Williams Jr.: out (shoulder), Tyus Jones: out (foot), Jaren Jackson Jr.: out (calf), Brandon Clarke: out for season (achilles), John Konchar: out (hip), Desmond Bane: out (foot), Ziaire Williams: out (foot/ankle).

Clippers: Brandon Boston Jr.: out (tailbone), Paul George: out (leg), Kawhi Leonard: out (personal reasons), Marcus Morris Sr.: out (illness).


The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.