2. Memphis Grizzlies
Despite all of the drama, the LA Clippers should do all they can to avoid the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round. Similar to the Pelicans, Memphis is much younger, with far more athleticism on both ends of the floor. This will haunt the Clippers early, forcing them to make a strong comeback.
Moreover, superstar and all-star starter Ja Morant has proven he can also dominate during the postseason. Last year, through the first two rounds, Morant averaged 27.1 points, 9.8 assists, and 8.0 rebounds while playing almost 38 minutes per contest.
As there is a chance Paul George could miss the first round, the LA Clippers will fall behind quickly against the Memphis Grizzlies. Not to mention they have one of the best shooters in the world with Desmond Bane and a defensive player of the year candidate in Jaren Jackson Jr.
Another underrated piece of Memphis’ scheme is the playmaking point guard Tyus Jones. In fact, Jones almost led his team to victory in their most recent matchup with the Clippers. He posted 25 points, 12 assists, five steals, zero turnovers, and a record-breaking third quarter.
Lastly, their coach, Taylor Jenkins, along with their system, makes it easier for them to thrive in any environment. Suppose Morant did not get injured last season. In that case, Memphis could have easily beaten Golden State en route to their first Western Conference Finals since 2013. This adds to why the LA Clippers should strategize away from Memphis, which could lead to an early exit.