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|Team / Live in game Betting at||Spread||Money Line||Total|
|713 –San Antonio Spurs||-3½ -113||-165||Ov 184½ -115|
|714 –Memphis Grizzlies||+3½ -107||+145||Un 184½ -105|
The Memphis Grizzlies will be fighting to snap a losing streak on Thursday when they take on the San Antonio Spurs at FedExForum.
ABOUT THE SPURS: Leonard is a force and continues to improve offensively and now appears ready to explode and obliterate the previous best scoring postseason of his six-year career of 22.5 set last season. Second-seeded San Antonio revolves around Leonard, who has raised his exploits despite opponents routinely double-teaming him in hopes of slowing his down. “It’s a gift and a curse,” Leonard told reporters of the double teams. “You want to get to this level, and then you start getting double-teamed but it’s all fun. It’s a game. You just have to approach it that way.”
ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES: Memphis coach David Fizdale was fined $30,000 on Wednesday for unleashing a memorable rant about the officiating after Game 2 and one of his points was that Leonard attempted more free throws (19) than his entire team (15). Point guard Mike Conley understood his coach’s frustration and said the Spurs’ long history of winning is a factor. “The Spurs are champions. They’ve won many times. They’ve done a lot of great things,” Conley told reporters. “We haven’t earned that yet. We have to get to that mountaintop, and we understand that. I understand that. That’s why I’m not going to complain about it. I’m just going to keep my head down, keep focused, try to play through it the best I can and keep my teammates from letting it affect them mentally.”
The San Antonio Spurs opened the Western Conference first-round series with impressive victories and aim to take a commanding 3-0 lead when they visit the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday. This might be Memphis’ one chance to make it a series after the Grizzlies scored just 82 points in each of the defeats in San Antonio.
Memphis has been unable to control Spurs All-Star small forward Kawhi Leonard, who is averaging 34.5 points on 20-of-28 shooting from the field while knocking down all 28 free-throw attempts. The Grizzlies are without defensive stalwart Tony Allen (calf) and have thrown a variety of defenders at Leonard to no avail. “The more he gets double-teamed, the more I enjoy it because he is just going to get better and better at finding out where people are,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich told reporters. “Other people have to learn where to be, too, to be outlets and kind of take advantage of that. So if someone is going to commit two people to him, we should be able to take advantage of it.” Seventh-seeded Memphis will be seeking a rebound from All-Star center Marc Gasol, who scored 32 points in Game 1 before dropping to 12 on 4-of-15 shooting in Game 2.
Memphis was a 96-82 loser in its last match on the road against the Spurs. They failed to cover the +10.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 178 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.
In their last action, San Antonio was a 96-82 winner at home against the Grizzlies. They covered the -10.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (178) was profitable news for UNDER bettors.
Team record: 63-21 SU,43-39-2 ATS
San Antonio is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Antonio’s last 6 games
San Antonio is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games on the road
Team record: 43-41 SU,41-43 ATS
Current Streak: lost 4 straight games.
Memphis is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Memphis is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Memphis’s last 12 games at home
San Antonio at Memphis Saturday, April 22
NBA Playoffs Tips
1. The Grizzlies were 2-0 at home against the Spurs in the regular season, winning by an average of 11.5 points.
2. San Antonio PG Tony Parker is averaging 16.5 points through two games.
3. Memphis PG Mike Conley scored 24 points in Game 2 after struggling to 13 in the series opener.
Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Memphis Grizzlies will cover the spread at +3½ and the game will go over 184½ points, according to scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Spurs 96, Grizzlies 94 at .
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Antonio’s last 6 games|
|San Antonio is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Antonio’s last 6 games on the road|
|San Antonio is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games on the road|
|The total has gone UNDER in 8 of San Antonio’s last 11 games when playing Memphis|
|San Antonio is 13-2 SU in its last 15 games when playing Memphis|
|San Antonio is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Memphis|
|San Antonio is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games when playing on the road against Memphis|
|Memphis is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games|
|Memphis is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 8 of Memphis’s last 12 games at home|
|The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Memphis’s last 11 games when playing San Antonio|
|Memphis is 2-13 SU in its last 15 games when playing San Antonio|
|Memphis is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games when playing at home against San Antonio|
|San Antonio’s Overall Scoring vs Memphis’s Overall Defense||105.3||14||100.0||3|
|San Antonio’s Away Scoring vs Memphis’s Home Defense||105.0||11||97.1||2|
|San Antonio’s Road Rebounds vs Memphis’s Home Rebounds Allowed||44.1||7||41.9||9|
|Memphis’s Overall Scoring vs San Antonio’s Overall Defense||100.5||29||98.1||2|
|Memphis’s Home Scoring vs San Antonio’s Road Defense||99.2||30||98.8||2|
|Memphis’s Home Rebounds vs San Antonio’s Road Rebounds Allowed||44.1||15||41.6||5|
|TOP 3/BOTTOM 3|
|San Antonio has the second stingiest defence in the league at 98.1 points per game.|
|San Antonio is second in three points made allowed in the league with 8.1 per game.|
|Memphis is the second lowest scoring team in the league at 100.5 points per game.|
|Memphis has the worst field goal percentage in the league with just 43.5.|
|Memphis has allowed the third fewest points in the league at 100.0 per game.|
|Memphis is second best in the league in field goal percentage against allowing 44.3.|
|Memphis gives up the second lowest free throw percentage in the league at 75.3% per game.|