San Antonio Spurs vs. Memphis Grizzlies - 4/17/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Memphis Grizzlies (42-40) at San Antonio Spurs (67-15)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 8:00 pm (AT&T Center)
The Line: San Antonio Spurs -15.5 -- Over/Under: 190 See the Latest Odds
The Memphis Grizzlies travel to the AT&T Center to take on the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 tonight.
The Grizzlies were plagued by injuries to key players all season but they managed to keep playing hard on a nightly basis to force their way into the playoff picture with a record of 42-40, good for the seventh seed in the Western Conference. Zach Randolph missed 14 games this season but was still the rock for the Grizzlies with averages of 15.3 points and 7.8 rebounds, Lance Stephenson averaged 14.2 points and 2.8 assists per game while Matt Barnes averaged 10.0 points and 5.5 rebounds as the Grizzlies went to makeshift lineups on a regular basis which worked surprisingly well on most nights. Marc Gasol and Mike Conley missed major time this season and neither player is going to feature in the playoffs at all.
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Meanwhile, the Spurs quietly had one of their best regular seasons in recent years as they finished with an overall record of 67-15 which is good enough for the second seed in the Western Conference. Kawhi Leonard had another great year for the Spurs with averages of 21.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game, LaMarcus Aldridge really started to find his groove late in the season to finish with averages of 18.0 points and 8.5 rebounds while Tony Parker looked as good as he has been in the last couple seasons, finishing with averages of 11.9 points and 5.3 assists per game.
In ATS trends, the Grizzlies are 3-1-1 ATS in their last five Conference Quarterfinals games and 0-4 ATS in their last four road games, while the Spurs are 1-7 ATS in their last eight games overall and 0-5 ATS in their last five home games.
Head to head, the Grizzlies are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall and the over is 6-2 in the last eight meetings in San Antonio.
The Spurs are always a tough team to beat, but they were particularly tough to beat at home where they lost just one game all season so I can't see them having much trouble against a severely shorthanded Grizzlies team.