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2021 NBA Handicapping
(33-39) San Antonio Spurs vs. Memphis Grizzlies (38-34)
Date: Wednesday, May 19th, 2021
Time: 7:30 EST
Venue: FedEx Forum in Memphis Tennesse
NBA Moneyline Odds: Spurs +155 | Grizzlies -165
NBA Betting Odds: Grizzlies -4
NBA Betting Total: 222
Wednesday, May 19th the San Antonio Spurs play the Memphis Grizzlies in the first of the Western Conference play-in games to determine who’ll move on for an opportunity to contend for the eighth and final playoff seed.
The winner of this game will face the loser of the play-in match between the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors and that winner will face the Utah Jazz.
The Spurs hold the all-time record between the clubs with 74 wins in 102 meetings. Last season, the teams split four matches while the Grizzlies won two of three meetings between the clubs.
San Antonio Spurs
Things didn’t go very well at the end of the season for the Spurs as they lost their final four games and 10 of their last 12.
While their peers jostled for seeding the one advantage Gregg Popovich had was knowing San Antonio was locked into the 10th seed and it afforded him an opportunity to rest some of his core in the final week.
Logic would lean in the direction of the Grizzlies winning, but if the East’s play-in match taught us anything (Pacers pounded the Hornets) a team with veterans who’ve been there before hold the advantage over a younger squad.
To wit, Memphis ranked fourth for the percentage of minutes played by first, second, or third year players (55%).
That said, many of the Spurs youngsters will be making their first postseason visit given their 22-year streak ended last season.
However, San Antonio still has DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, and Patty Mills all of whom have significant playoff experience, particularly in critical games.
Trey Lyles (ankle) is questionable. Derrick White (ankle), Luka Samanic (fractured hand), and DaQuan Jeffries (not with team) are out
In contrast to their opponent, the Grizzlies finished the season on fire taking advantage of lower-tier opposition to win five of their last six games.
It was a great opportunity to ease Jaren Jackson Jr. back into the rotation and gain chemistry with his linemates as he participated in 11 of the Grizzlies’ final 16 matches.
Memphis leads the league in paint scoring dropping 55.8 points per game which will be a major concern for the Spurs to deal with. Much of that offense will be offered by sophomore point guard and leader Ja Morant who utilizes his speed and change of pace to drive the paint.
Likewise, Jonas Valanciunas has feasted inside and proven the traditional big man is still very much a part of new era basketball.
Dillon Brooks is a scrappy wing who draws the main defensive assignment and uses his array of offense to nail perimeter shots or muscle inside for more paint scoring.
Grayson Allen is questionable with an abdominal soreness while Sean McDermott (foot soreness) is out.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The teams are 5-5 in their last 10 head to head meetings
- The Grizzlies are 6-4 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 6-4 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The Spurs are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games.
- The Grizzlies are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games.
- The total has gone over in 4 of San Antonio’s last 5 games.
Free San Antonio Spurs vs Memphis Grizzlies NBA Prediction:
Neither club ranks among the league leaders in 3-point shooting (attempts, makes, or efficiency) so this match will be played in the mid-range and under the rim.
Individual matchups will play a large factor with two former Raptors big men (Valanciunas and Jakob Poeltl) waging war inside. DeRozan and Brooks will likely face each other while Dejounte Murray will be tasked with slowing Morant.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Spurs +4
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