Memphis at San Antonio NBA Betting Guide

Posted by Aaron . on April 18, 2016 in

On Tuesday night, the Memphis Grizzlies tangle with the San Antonio Spurs in the second game of their Western Conference quarterfinal series. The Spurs won Game 1 on Sunday night, 106-74, in a rout that the Grizzlies had actually closed to within six points briefly in the third period before the Spurs turned the offense back on again. Find out the updated NBA online betting odds here.

Memphis Grizzlies at San Antonio Spurs NBA Betting Guide

When: Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 9:30pm ET
Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
Radio: Ticket 760 AM San Antonio
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NBA Odds: San Antonio -18.5, 187 O/U Total

Why should you bet on San Antonio (-18.5)?

This is an immense line. Yes, the Spurs won Game 1 by 32 points, but you never know when Gregg Popovich will decide to let the bench play the second half, or at least the fourth period, giving Memphis a chance to get back inside that line. The Grizzlies are still missing Marc Gasol and Mike Conley, which means they don’t have much of anything in terms of an interior presence. The Spurs did go on a 42-14 run from late in the second quarter until the end of the third quarter, which meant that a lot of the fourth quarter WAS garbage time, and the rout never started. That’s why Matt Barnes said, after Game 1, when asked about positives, “None. That’s it’s over,” referring to the game itself. The series seems to be over too, almost before it started.

Why should you put your money on the Grizzlies (+18.5)?

Vince Carter might have been the only bright spot for this team on Sunday night. At the age of 39, he was the second-oldest player in the building (after Tim Duncan), and he went 6 for 7, scoring 16 points. He stopped a 14-0 Spurs run early in the third period. However, when the Spurs’ starters in, there was no open room for any of the Grizzlies to find shots. That’s why Zach Randolph and Matt Barnes scored eight points combined, going 4 for 20. Randolph was aggressive all night, but the Spurs had Tim Duncan and LaMarcus Aldridge inside, snuffing out any chance at interior scoring.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like the Spurs to win again, and to win big. I’m predicting a 110-88 San Antonio win, but when it comes to putting money on this game, look at that total. 187 points? Really? Yes, the total for Game 1 was just 180, but I think they will find more open looks and get better results from Barnes and Randolph.