Memphis Grizzlies: Contributor score predictions @ Los Angeles Clippers

Ja Morant, Memphis Grizzlies Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Ja Morant, Memphis Grizzlies Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

The Memphis Grizzlies took care of business against the Cleveland Cavaliers in their first game, winning the contest 132-121 thanks to clutch performances from a few players on the team. One of those performances came from Ja Morant, who scored 37 points including a few clutch buckets in the final two minutes.

Can Memphis pull off two in a row?

On Saturday night, the Grizz will take on a more talented Los Angeles Clippers team away from home.

The Clippers are 0-1 on the season, taking an early-season loss to a Stephen Curry-led Warriors team. Curry is one of few players who outscored Ja Morant in game one of the NBA season, dropping 45 in that contest. Thankfully, Memphis is playing the team that fell victim to his elite three-point shooting.

Can the Memphis Grizzlies improve to 2-0 against the Los Angeles Clippers? Our contributors weigh in.

Jack Williams (Site Expert): The Grizz beat a bad team in their first game and the Clippers lost to a good team. This seems like it should be a very close game, but last year’s results between these two squads tell a different story. In two games between these teams, each squad recorded a win of at least 20 points. Because this is a Grizzlies fansite, I’m going to pick Memphis to win this one in relatively convincing fashion, even away from home.

Final Score: Grizzlies 122, Clippers 110

Will Jones: The Grizzlies showed something in their season opener that they rarely showed last season: the ability to close. Ja looks different this year. He started last year hot but then minor injuries and other team’s primary focus ultimately led him to a sophomore slump. Morant is more mature this year. Expect a big game from Jaren Jackson Jr. with a size mismatch. The Grizzlies overcome the usual star power they struggle with and overcome the Winslow/Bledsoe revenge game to start the west coast road trip off right.

Final Score: Grizzlies 121, Clippers 112

Jacob Ellerbee: Memphis will have its hands full when they take on the Clippers for their first road game of the 2021 season. We saw vintage Paul George in the Clippers’ season opener vs Golden State, nearly achieving a triple-double. I just hope former Grizzlies player Justice Winslow doesn’t erupt for a crazy big game against the Grizz. I’m taking Memphis to win a close one.

Final Score: Grizzlies 109, Clippers 105