Those players at BetAnySports who have been analyzing the NBA playoff odds know that the Memphis Grizzlies are not to be short under any circumstances. On Sunday afternoon they will take part in their first conference finals appearance, as they battle the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 of the series that will determine who moves on to the NBA Finals. It tips off at 3:30 PM ET in San Antonio, and will be televised by ABC.
Memphis Grizzlies at San Antonio Spurs
West Finals – Game 1
Sunday, May 19 – 3:30 PM ET
AT&T Arena – San Antonio
Memphis was impressive in beating the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games to get here, while the Spurs had problems with the young Golden State Warriors before closing things out in six.
In the NBA playoff odds that have been posted at BetAnySports, the Spurs are laying some points
Over 182.5 Points -110
under 182.5 Points -110
Spurs win game -190
Grizzlies win game +165
Perhaps it is a bit of good fortune for the Spurs that Russell Westbrook went down with a season-ending injury which helped prevent the Thunder from being more combative against the Grizzlies in the previous post-season round. But that’s not to say they wouldn’t have been a rough team to deal with regardless. Again, coach Gregg Popovich’s approach has been to rest starters, particularly the “Big Three” of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, at strategic times, to give them a little more “juice” when it came to the playoffs.
After a four-game sweep over the Lakers, there was no panicking when Golden State got a split at the AT&T Arena , and amazingly, the Spurs (who are -145 series favorites in the NBA playoff odds at BetAnySports) held the Warriors below 40% shooting in each of the three games that were played in Oakland. Even though they are the second seed in the West, the elimination of Oklahoma City gives San Antonio its home court advantage.
There is very little mystery when it comes to what the Grizzlies want to do. They emphasize defense, and in fact have three members of the NBA’s All-Defensive team: Marc Gasol, who was the league’s Defensive Player of the Year; Tony Allen, who was the leading vote-getter on the team, and Mike Conley, a second team designee. Those three, at times, will be guarding each of the members of the Big Three, and that is what can make the underdog Grizzlies a difficult proposition from the matchup standpoint.
Memphis has been a very strong playoff squad thus far, covering its last ten games after a disappointing effort in Game 1 of the series against the Los Angeles Clippers. But you know, BetAnySports customers are well aware that this team has been outperforming the spread all season; the Grizzlies are now 57-33 ATS. On the road they haven’t suffered much, with a 29-17 ATS record. so the message is pretty clear; this is a mentally tough club that defends and believes in pounding the ball inside to get high-percentage shots.
In the last nine games, only once did Memphis allow a team to shoot better than 44% from the field. And amazingly, only once in the last dozen games has this team committed more than a dozen turnovers. In the last 16 games they have averaged slightly less than ten TO’s, and that constitutes phenomenal ball control.
When you throw some of these factors into the mix, there is a lot of reason to believe Memphis can compete on even terms, which is why we will look for them to extend their ATS winning streak and make a play on them in the $1 Million Charles Jay / BetAnySports Spring-Summer Showdown. And it wouldn’t shock us to see San Antonio get off to a slow start.
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