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NBA playoffs: Who will win, the Clippers or the Memphis Grizzlies?

April 19, 2013|By Broderick Turner

It's the playoff rematch of the Clippers and the Memphis Grizzlies.

They will be meeting in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs for the second consecutive season.

And if this seven-game series that starts Saturday at Staples Center is anything like last year's, it will be another epic playoff between two teams that have a healthy dislike for each other.

The Clippers won last year's series in historic fashion, taking Game 7 in Memphis against all odds. In the NBA playoffs, visiting teams had won just 19.5% of Game 7s before the Clippers won.

In the teams' playoff opener last season, the Clippers were down 27 points at one point, and they trailed by 21 at the end of the third quarter. But they tied the NBA playoff record for the largest deficit overcome in the fourth quarter, winning Game 1, 99-98.

Now the Clippers and Grizzlies go at it again, two teams that finished the regular season with 56-26 records, two teams that are basically evenly matched, even if the Clippers won the season-series, three games to one.

"Just like last year, it's going to be a battle," Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said after Wednesday night's season-ending win at Sacramento. "We're going to have to play big in the biggest moments."

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