2013 NBA Playoffs: Complete Western Conference first round preview

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No. 4 Los Angeles Clippers vs. No. 5 Memphis Grizzlies

Season Series: Clippers 3-1

October 31, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul (3) goes in for a basket against the Memphis Grizzlies during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

How they matchup:

Los Angeles- 56-26

Points per game: 101.1 (ninth)

Rebounds per game: 41.6 (18th)

Assists per game: 23.9 (fourth)

Points allowed per game: 94.6 (fourth)

Field goal percentage: 47.8 % (fourth)

Three-point percentage: 35.8% (15th)

Free-throw percentage:  71.1% (27th)

Memphis- 56-26

Points per game: 93.4 (27th)

Rebounds per game: 42.7 (11th)

Assists per game:  20.9 (24th)

Points allowed per game: 89.3 (first)

Field goal percentage: 44.4% (21st)

Three-point percentage:  34.5% (24th)

Free-throw percentage:  77.3% (10th)

What to expect: These two teams know each other very well as this will be the second season in a row they have met in the postseason.

The Clippers won in seven last year and I would expect something similar this year.

This series features two of the better defensive teams in the league but at the end of the day the Clippers are deeper and more talented.  I also have little faith that the Grizzlies can make enough big shots in this series, as they are one of the worst shooting teams in this year’s playoffs.

It will be a battle, but at the end of the day, Lob City wins out.

Prediction: Clippers in seven

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