Date/Time: May 19th, 3:30 pm ET
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Point Spread: Spurs -4.5
The Memphis Grizzlies and the San Antonio Spurs are set to start the Western Conference Finals on Sunday afternoon, and they are going to get it on for the first time in NBA betting action on Sunday at the AT&T Center.
The Grizzlies are the surprise team at this juncture of the postseason, as they are one of the highest seeds that we have seen in the Western Conference Finals in quite some time. They were the No. 5 seed in the West, and they found a way to take down both the Los Angeles Clippers and the Oklahoma City Thunder after falling behind in both series. Here in the playoffs, Memphis has been doing a lot on the defensive side of the court, and it is going to continue in this series. The combination of F Zach Randolph, C Marc Gasol, and G Mike Conley Jr. have been leading this team all postseason long, and that is going to have to continue if this team is going to have any chance in this series. Randolph has been the grinder of the bunch, scoring all of the dirty points, and he managed 19.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game so far in the second season. Gasol has averaged 18.3 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks per game.
The Spurs had their hands full for a couple games against the Golden State Warriors, but they ultimately figured out how to get the job done, winning two games in Oakland to ultimately win this series without too many hassles. It was a complete team effort once again, as night in and night out, there were at least nine players, and sometimes as many as 11 that played at least half a quarter’s worth of action. You wouldn’t think of him as an “MVP” type of player, but G Tony Parker has played the role thus far in these playoffs. He has averaged 22.4 points, 6.3 assists, and 4.1 rebounds per game, and he has perhaps been the most important player going in the second season to date. F Tim Duncan is averaging 18.7 points and 9.2 rebounds per game, while the man that is really coming on strong is F Kawhi Leonard, who has averaged 13.7 points and 8.4 rebounds per game in what is amounting to be his coming out party here in the playoffs.
The Grizzlies are going to have a shot in this series, but we don’t think they are going to have a chance in Game 1. The Spurs have had a few days to put in the work to figure out this Memphis defense, and when Head Coach Gregg Popovich has the time to game plan, good things generally happen. San Antonio 93 – Memphis 86
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