Grizzlies on pace to be the best NBA playoff bet ever

May 15, 2013 |
Zach Randolph is averaging 19.7 ppg and 9.3 rpg in the postseason.
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Zach Randolph is averaging 19.7 ppg and 9.3 rpg in the postseason.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports
The Memphis Grizzlies ride a 10-game ATS winning streak into the Western Conference finals after defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder, 88-84 as 4.5-point road underdogs, in Game 5 of the conference semifinal Wednesday night.

Memphis, which is 8-3 SU in the postseason, hasn’t fallen short of the spread since losing to the Los Angeles Clippers, 112-91 as a 5.5-point underdog, in Game 1 of its opening round series on April 20. Grizzlies backers are no strangers to winning bets, with the team going 46-34-2 ATS (against the spread) during the regular season - fourth best against the spread in the NBA.

This current ATS march has Memphis flirting with some of the most profitable playoff teams in the past 22 years. The 2008-09 Denver Nuggets opened the postseason with 12 straight ATS wins before going 1-3 ATS in their final four games and getting eliminated by the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference finals.

The 2000-01 Lakers, led by Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant, were a dominant bet going 13-3 ATS (15-1 SU) en route to their second of three straight NBA titles in the early 2000s.

The 2010-11 Dallas Mavericks finished with a 15-4-2 ATS count (16-5 SU) when they shocked the Miami Heat to win the NBA Championship, including a 3-2-1 ATS record in the finals.

The Chicago Bulls went 13-4 ATS (15-2 SU) in the 1990-91 postseason and knocked off Magic Johnson and the Lakers for the first of Michael Jordan’s six NBA Championships.

The most ATS wins in a single playoff run belong to the 2003-04 Detroit Pistons, who finished 16-6-1 ATS (16-7 SU) and beat Los Angeles in five games in the finals, going 4-0-1 ATS in that series.

The Grizzlies aren't the only moneymakers this postseason. The Golden State Warriors covered in eight straight games before going 1-2 ATS in their last three contests versus the San Antonio Spurs.

Oddsmakers have Memphis priced at +600 to win the NBA Championship.
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