2016 NBA Futures – Series Pick
Looking for Grizzlies vs. Spurs free series predictions & playoff picks? You’ve come to the right place if you’re searching for NBA Futures. The Spurs are always a title threat and it looks like they may have lucked out in their playoff matchup this season as there is no team limping into the playoffs as much as the Grizzlies.
NBA Lines & Matchup Insight
Memphis may have jolted Golden State last season by getting up in their series 2-1 but this year they will be lucky to take a game from a focused and championship hungry San Antonio team.
NBA Betting – San Antonio Spurs vs. Memphis Grizzlies First Round Series Preview and Picks
This is the third time since 2011 that these teams have met in the playoff, I know it seems like they meet every year. Back in 2011 the Grizzlies knocked out the Spurs, making it look like the dynasty was ending and that the Grizz were a team on the rise but that was short-lived.
In 2013 the Spurs swept the Grizzlies and that looks like the most likely result this season. A healthy Memphis team could have been a tough out but this year they are far from that. Plus, all recent performances aside the Spurs are basically unbeatable at home where the series starts on Sunday.
San Antonio swept the season series between these two teams, winning each game by at least six points. That was good for a 3-1 ATS record in those contests.
Lets break it down…
NBA Championship Lines – 2016 NBA Title Odds from 5Dimes
- San Antonio: +375 (Western Conference +230)
- Memphis: +50,000 (Western Conference +25000)
San Antonio Spurs vs. Memphis Grizzlies Series Prices
- San Antonio -10000
- Memphis +3000
Grizzlies vs. Spurs Round 1 Series Schedule:
- Sunday April 17 8:00PM Grizzlies @ Spurs TNT
- Tuesday April 19 9:30PM Grizzlies @ Spurs TNT
- Friday April 22 9:30PM Spurs @ Grizzlies ESPN
- Sunday April 24 1:00PM Spurs @ Grizzlies ABC
- Tuesday April 26 TBD Grizzlies @ Spurs **
- Thursday April 28 TBD Spurs @ Grizzlies **
- Saturday April 30 TBC Grizzlies @ Spurs **
Grizzlies vs. Spurs Free Series Predictions: Guards
The Spurs guards don’t wow you but they seem to always make the smart play and all the guys they truly lean on have done it before. Tony Parker and Danny Green are not likely to win the series for San Antonio but they won’t lose it either.
Memphis started Jordan Farmar and Vince Carter down the stretch – Uggh. They were hoping to get back Mike Conley for the playoffs and defensive specialist Tony Allen is questionable. It is not a good situation for the Grizzlies.
Off the bench it will be no surprise if Spurs reserves Patty Mills, Andre Miller and Kevin Martin provide quality minutes. The Grizzlies reserves are a total crap shoot.
Verdict: San Antonio. It gets close if the Grizzlies are healthy but as it is the gap is huge.
Grizzlies vs. Spurs Free Series Prediction: Forwards & Center
The Spurs strength is up front. Kawhi Leonard is probably the most effective total player in the NBA right now and in Lamarcus Aldridge they have a definite go to scorer. Those two are backed up by veterans who are hungry to win and have some left in the tank.
ZeBo can be a dominating scorer for Memphis but he is much better as part of a duo with Marc Gasol, who is out.
The Grizzlies love the toughness they get from the likes of Matt Barnes and Lance Stephenson but they are not going to be able to intimidate San Antonio.
Off the bench the Spurs have a number of options to provide, scoring rebounding and defense. The Grizzlies have the Bird Man – Chris Anderson. Enough said.
Verdict: Even if Memphis were healthy there would still be a sizable edge for the Spurs.
Grizzlies vs. Spurs Free Series Predictions:
The biggest longshot in the NBA bracket is Memphis – even Houston has better odds and they start with Golden State. They are definitely not the team that knocked out the Spurs a few years back, even if they were healthy.
The way they are limping right now even a respectable performance would be a surprise. The Spurs are likely to be favoured by double digits in all games and I will be surprised if they don’t sweep Memphis.
This is a total mismatch. Spurs win in four.
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