Monday, May 27, 9 p.m. (ET)
NBA Betting Odds: VietBet
Pointspread: Memphis -2.5
Total Line: 180.5
There is no doubt that San Antonio has been in championship form this postseason with series wins over Los Angeles (Lakers) and Golden State, but it has taken things up a notch or two in this series with a 3-0 stranglehold against the Grizzlies. This past Saturday, the Spurs erased an 18-point deficit to force overtime for the second-straight time. They completely controlled the extra period by outscoring Memphis 18-7 to come away with a 104-93 victory as 4.5-point underdogs on the road. This was after San Antonio blew a 13-point fourth quarter lead in Game 2 only to come away with a 93-89 victory as a 5.5-point favorite at home. The total has gone OVER in the first three games of this series.
Veteran leadership has paved the way for the Spurs’ success in these playoffs with Tony Parker averaging a team-high 21.9 points and 7.3 assists and Tim Duncan chipping-in another 18 points while leading the way under the boards with 9.3 rebounds a game. Overall, San Antonio is averaging 102.3 points a game while shooting 46.6 percent from the field and 36.9 percent from three-point range.
Memphis has been known as one of the top defensive teams in the league all season long, but its inability to consistently shoot the ball is mainly responsible for its current dire situation. The Grizzlies are shooting 42.1 percent from the floor in the playoffs, but in Game 2 of this series they connected on just 34 percent of their shots. This number increased to 39.2 percent this past Saturday night, but was still no match for the Spurs’ 50 percent shooting performance from the floor.
This team is loaded with a lot of good players especially the likes of Zach Randolph, Mike Conley and Marc Gasol, but the lack of any real star power is starting to take its toll. Nobody has been able to come up really big down the stretch and against a very talented team such as San Antonio that is what it takes to nail-down wins.
Free NBA Pick
All the momentum in this series is clearly in the Spurs’ favor, especially after coming from behind to steal a win on the road. Monday night’s Game 4 should be another close battle that goes right down to the bitter end, but the result remains the same with San Antonio ending this series in just four games.
San Antonio 97 Memphis 93
Cole started off as a part time handicapper and a full time computer programmer. After developing a computer program that consistently provided winners in NFL, NBA, MLB, and college sports Cole went into full time handicapping. The computer program and his knack for winners made him a rising star in the handicapping world. His complex computer program based on algorithms and analytical calculations have led to a 60% ATS rate.