Memphis Grizzlies vs. San Antonio Spurs - 4/22/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Antonio Spurs (69-15) at Memphis Grizzlies (42-42)
NBA Basketball: Friday, April 22, 2016 at 9:30 pm (FedExForum)
The Line: Memphis Grizzlies +11.5 -- Over/Under: 181.5 See the Latest Odds
The Memphis Grizzlies play host to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 3 at the FedExForum tonight.
We always knew this was going to be a tough series for the Grizzlies and in Game 2, we saw for the second straight game just how tough it is. Tony Allen led the team in scoring with 12 points while Zach Randolph had 11 points but no other player finished in double figures as the Grizzlies shot just 32.6 percent from the field. I thought Game 2 would be a good opportunity for coach Joerger to let Lance Stephenson loose, given how thin their scoring options are, but he played just nine minutes after playing 29 minutes in Game 1 which doesn't make sense.
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Meanwhile, things just couldn't be better for the Spurs who will be delighted with the 94-68 win over the Grizzlies in Game 2. With none of the starters player more than 27 minutes, it was Patty Mills who led the team in scoring with 16 points off the bench while Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge added 13 and 10 points respectively. On the defensive end, the Spurs were dominant in holding the Grizzlies such poor shooting percentages, but they do have room to improve in the rebounding department as they allowed the Grizzlies to grab a total of 16 offensive rebounds, but I'm just nitpicking now.
In ATS trends, the Spurs are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games, while the Grizzlies are 20-8 ATS in their last 28 home games and 0-3-1 ATS in their last four Conference Quarterfinals games.
Head to head, the Spurs are 7-2 ATS in the last nine meetings in Memphis and 19-7 ATS in the last 26 meetings overall.
The Grizzlies will want to put on a show for their fans and cause the upset tonight, but I just don't see that happening at all as the Grizzlies just don't have the weapons to keep up with the Spurs. We've seen it now in both games of the series and I don't know what coach Joerger can do to flip the script on the Spurs tonight.