Grizzlies play host to Spurs in Game 3
The Memphis Grizzlies find themselves in an 0-2 series hole heading into Game 3 of the best-of-seven Western Conference Finals against the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night.
San Antonio took the 2-0 series lead on Tuesday night with a 93-89 victory as a 5-point favorite on the NBA betting lines at the sportsbooks. Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 17 points in that contest, while Tony Parker had 15 points and 18 assists.
(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Grizzlies are 56-26 so far on the season, and 46-34-2 ATS vs. the number. The Spurs, meanwhile, are 58-24 and 39-41-2 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Memphis go 33-48-1 and the Spurs go 36-45-1 on the totals.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 8 (Grizzlies) and the No. 3 (Spurs) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 102-100 result in favor of the Spurs is predicted by handicapping models.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Memphis's No. 27-ranked offense (93.4 PPG) against a Spurs defense that ranks No. 11 at 96.6 PPG. The Grizzlies have averaged 44.4% from the field per game, less than the Spurs have managed so far this season (48.1% on average).
Defensively, the Spurs feature the league's No. 12-rated defense on the road, giving up 98.9 points per game. Memphis, meanwhile, comes in at No. 28 in the league in scoring at home.
The Grizzlies were a 93-89 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Spurs. They covered the 5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (182) made winners of OVER bettors. The Grizzlies endured a 93-89 loss at the hands of the Spurs on Tuesday, despite an 18 -point effort from Mike Conley at AT&T Center.
San Antonio Spurs Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Memphis are 6-4
After playing Memphis are 9-1
After a win are 7-3
Memphis Grizzlies Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing San Antonio are 5-5
After playing San Antonio are 7-3
After a loss are 7-3
A few Spurs at Grizzlies trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of San Antonio's last 14 games on the road
San Antonio is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
San Antonio is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
San Antonio is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing Memphis
Memphis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Memphis is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against San Antonio
Memphis is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Memphis's last 17 games at home
San Antonio at Memphis, Monday, May 27
Memphis home to San Antonio, Monday, May 27