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NBA Basketball: Memphis Grizzlies vs. San Antonio Spurs

Memphis Grizzlies vs. San Antonio Spurs

NBA Playoff Basketball Matchup at a Glance

  • Where: AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas
  • Date & Time: April 15, 2017 at 8:00 PM ET
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  • Quick Pick: San Antonio Spurs for 2 Units

The NBA playoffs are here and there are some really great matchups to handicap over the next few weeks. The first matchup we are looking out come out of the West Conference between the (2) seed San Antonio Spurs and the (7) seed Memphis Grizzlies.

These two played each other 4 times in the regular season with the home team winning each game straight up but Memphis kept it close in each game and covered all 4 contests. It should also be noted that 3 out of 4 games this season went under the posted total in the games between Memphis and San Antonio.

Memphis Dealing With Injuries Heading Into Playoffs

The Memphis Grizzlies finished out the regular season 43-39 SU and 41-41 ATS. The Grizzlies ended their regular season losing 7 out of their last 10 games SU and 6 out of 10 ATS. The Grizzlies have played under in 7 out of their last 8 road games.

The Grizzlies have the league’s 3rd best defense in the NBA. They are only allowing 100 points per game from their opposition.

The Grizzlies are still dealing with a few injuries but appear to be getting some guys back. Small Forward James Ennis has been dealing with some bursitis in his right knee but the Spurs have stated that he will be available for game 1 on Saturday night. Tony Allen is also dealing with a leg injury that could keep him sidelined with the questionable tag for game 1. It is of the utmost importance for Allen to return as he leads the team in steals on the year with 115 on the defense-oriented team. Chandler Parsons will miss game 1 of the playoffs and the rest of the season after having surgery to repair some torn meniscus.

Spurs Bring 2nd Best Defense To NBA Playoffs

The San Antonio Spurs ended their regular season with the second-best record in the NBA. They were 61-21 SU and 41-39-2 ATS. The Spurs ended their last 10 games of the season going 5-5 SU and 5-4-1 ATS.

The Spurs have the 2nd best defense in the NBA only allowing their opponents to score 98.1 points per game. Their offense is starting to catch up with their defense as they now have the 8th best offense in the Western Conference scoring 105.4 points per game. SF Kawhi Leonard leads the team with 25.7 points per game and is throwing his name in the MVP hat.

The Spurs haven’t fared well when getting 2 days rest this year going 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games with at least 2 days rest. The Spurs have also had their fare share of struggles this year against the NBA Southwest Division going 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games against the Southwest.

Spurs Reign Supreme In Game 1

The Spurs are an experienced playoff team that plays tough defense, which many people say are the two things you need to be successful in the NBA playoffs. The game is being played in front of a hostile San Antonio crowd and I look for a double digit win, contrary to what happened in the regular season, and the Spurs to go up 1-0 in the playoffs.

Pick: San Antonio Spurs for 2 Units