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NBA Western Conference finals preview: Spurs vs. Grizzlies

The San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies duke it out in the Western Conference championship with a ticket to the NBA Finals on the line.

Here’s a look at how these teams stack up and their odds to win the series heading into Game 1 this Sunday.

No. 2 San Antonio Spurs vs. No. 5 Memphis Grizzlies

Season series: Tied 2-2 SU, 2-2 ATS, 1-3 O/U
Series prices: San Antonio -120, Memphis +100

Why bet the Spurs: San Antonio has the ability and experience to switch gears, going from an up-tempo style versus the Warriors to a slowed-down grinder with the Grizzlies. The Spurs aren’t intimidated on the road, with their only loss away from the Alamo coming in OT.

Tim Duncan is the most skilled big man Memphis has met this postseason and he stepped up versus the Grizzlies this season, averaging 19.7 points, 12.7 rebounds and three blocks in three games. San Antonio has better shooters and more depth – ranked No. 5 in bench production to Memphis’ No. 27-ranked reserves.

The Grizzlies have caught some lucky breaks this postseason. The Clippers’ stars were falling apart in the first round and they took advantage of a Thunder squad missing its All-Star point guard. San Antonio is relatively healthy despite the age of its superstars.

Why bet the Grizzlies: Memphis is on pace to become one of the best bets in recent NBA playoff history. Since dropping Game 1 against the Clippers, the Grizzlies have covered in 10 straight games. Memphis holds the mental edge over the Spurs, having eliminated them from the first round of the 2011 playoffs in six games, going 5-0-1 ATS in that series.

Memphis is a tough team to slow offensively, with a different scorer stepping up each night. Four players are averaging double figures in the playoffs, including PG Mike Conley Jr. who is averaging 17.6 points per game. The Grizzlies average the fewest amount of turnovers this postseason.

Defensively, the Grizzlies are a physical squad that wears down opponents over the course of a series. Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph plug up the middle and won’t give Tony Parker free range in the paint while Tayshaun Prince and Tony Allen get a hand up on the Spurs’ shooters.

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Posted by betipickem
1 year ago

San Antonio is the better team. Memphis is hot, but the spurs are healthy and a slow pace game favors the spurs. Memphis is big and the spurs are very good at boxing out. If the grizzs cant get offensive rebounds than they may not score enough points to keep up with the spurs. Game 1 will go under with the spurs covering.
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Posted by damonte
1 year ago

Memphis certainly has been the only lucky team in this series. Oh wait - Lakers were without Kobe. Oh wait again - Warriors were never the same when Curry twisted his SECOND ankle. C'mon, this injury business goes both ways.
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Posted by jr3527
1 year ago

The value is better right now with Memphis at the price of EVEN. They are the hottest team so far in the Playoffs winning 8 of their last nine, and they will be confident against the Spurs with their past success against this team. The Spurs are older and could break down like they did last year against OKC. I just feel there is more more value with Memphis not to side with them. GL
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Posted by bizkilla
1 year ago

Great point regarding the lucky breaks memphis has been blessed with. Making a big play on San Antonio for the series. They have played well vs. the Grizz and Ill take Pop and his team pretty muh over anybody except the Heat.
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Posted by damonte
1 year ago

"Memphis certainly has been the only lucky team in this series. Oh wait - Lakers were without Kobe. Oh wait again - Warriors were never the same when Curry twisted his SECOND ankle. C'mon, this injury business goes both ways."