Grizzlies, Spurs open up third round
The Memphis Grizzlies and the San Antonio Spurs will tip off the third round of the NBA playoffs on Sunday afternoon as the teams meet down in Texas in the opener of the best-of-seven set.
The Grizzlies upset the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games in the second round of the playoffs, while the Spurs needed six games to get past the Golden State Warriors in the second round. The teams split their games 2-2 SU and ATS this season.
The Spurs bring a 58-24 record (39-41-2 ATS) to the battle against the 56-26 Grizzlies, who are 46-34-2 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen San Antonio go 36-45-1 so far and the Grizzlies go 33-48-1. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Spurs rated this week at No. 3 and the Grizzlies sitting at No. 8. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction models that turned out a 102-100 result in favor of the Spurs today.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Grizzlies rank No. 11 in the league with 42.7 per game. That compares with San Antonio’s No. 21 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where San Antonio is the NBA’s No. 7-ranked team at 8.1 per game, while the Grizzlies rate No. 30 with 4.7 per contest.
In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Grizzlies own the league's No. 2-rated mark, allowing 91.6 points per game when playing on the road. San Antonio, on the other hand, rates No. 5 in scoring on their home court.
The Grizzlies were an 88-84 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Thunder. They covered the 4.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (172) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Grizzlies got a 28-point performance from Zach Randolph, who added 14 rebounds as Memphis ran past Oklahoma City 88-84 on Wednesday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Spurs were a 94-82 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Warriors. They covered the 2-point spread as favorites, while the total score (176) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Spurs got 19 points from Tim Duncan as San Antonio ran past Golden State 94-82 on Thursday at Oracle Arena.
Memphis Grizzlies Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing San Antonio are 6-4
After playing Oklahoma City are 8-2
After a win are 7-3
San Antonio Spurs Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 8-2
Before playing Memphis are 4-6
After playing Golden State are 7-3
After a win are 5-5
A few Grizzlies at Spurs trends to consider:
Memphis is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Memphis's last 8 games when playing San Antonio
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Memphis's last 7 games on the road
Memphis is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games on the road
San Antonio is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Memphis
San Antonio is 14-3 SU in its last 17 games at home
San Antonio is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Antonio's last 5 games
Memphis at San Antonio, Tuesday, May 21
San Antonio home to Memphis, Tuesday, May 21