Clippers vs. Grizzlies NBA expert prediction and odds for Friday, Jan. 12 (Bet LA on the road)

Will the red-hot Clippers extend their winning streak against the shorthanded Grizzlies?

Jan 10, 2024; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) controls the ball.
Jan 10, 2024; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) controls the ball. / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Injuries continue to decimate the Memphis Grizzlies this season. Earlier this week, Memphis lost superstar Ja Morant to a season-ending shoulder tear after just nine games. On Friday, it was announced Marcus Smart would miss six weeks with a finger injury. Nevertheless, Memphis has won three straight and four of five overall. Can the shorthanded Grizzlies pull off a home upset against the Clippers? 

Los Angeles is one of the league’s hottest teams, sitting in the No. 4 slot in the Western Conference after winning seven of its last eight games. The Clippers will look to stay hot on the road over the weekend.

Here’s what to know to bet on Friday’s matchup in Memphis. 

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Clippers vs. Grizzlies odds, spread and total

Clippers vs. Grizzlies how to watch

  • Date: Friday, Jan. 12
  • Game time: 8 p.m. EST
  • Venue: FedEx Forum
  • How to watch (TV): BallySports Southeast
  • Los Angeles Clippers record: 24-13
  • Memphis Grizzlies record: 14-23

Clippers vs. Grizzlies injury reports

Los Angeles Clippers injury report

  • Xavier Moon (shoulder): out

Memphis Grizzlies injury report

  • Santi Aidama (knee): out
  • Marcus Smart (finger): out

Clippers vs. Grizzlies key players to watch

Los Angeles Clippers

Ivica Zubac: The Clippers' 7-foot center has scored in double figures in four consecutive games with a pair of double-doubles in that stretch. Zubac is putting up career-high averages in points (12.5), offensive rebounds (3.2), and blocks (1.4) while shooting a career-high 65.9% from the floor. He had 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting to go with 11 rebounds and 3 assists in LA's 126-120 win over Toronto on Wednesday.

Memphis Grizzlies

Desmond Bane: The fourth-year Grizzlies shooting guard has been a bright spot this season, averaging a career-high 24.7 points per game. Bane is coming off a 32-point, 9-rebound performance in the Grizzlies' 120-103 win at Dallas. He's averaging 25 points per game in five contests this month and is shooing 52.2% from the field in that span.

Clippers vs. Grizzlies prediction and pick

The Grizzlies have been able to navigate injuries to pull out three consecutive wins, but can they continue it without Smart, who scored 77 points in that stretch?

The Grizzlies have scored 120-plus points in three-straight games, but now face the Clippers' 8th-ranked scoring defense (111.8 points per game) without several key weapons.

The Clippers have the third-best record against the spread this season on the road (7-4) and their ATS margin on the road (+4.9) is fourth-best in the league. Take the Clippers to keep rolling.

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