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Record-Setting Spreads In Spurs Series

There is some seismic stuff happening in the Memphis Grizzlies-San Antonio Spurs series and it has everything to do with sports betting. 

We’ll forgive you if you haven’t noticed because, well, the Spurs are kicking the living hell out of the Grizzlies through the first two games, thereby rendering the spread meaningless. You may also not have noticed because you probably don’t have a point spread database that goes back 20 years. 

Luckily, we do and it says this: 

  • The Spurs were the biggest favorites ever in an NBA playoff game in Game 2 (-18.5) 
  • The Spurs were the second biggest favorites ever in an NBA playoff game in Game 1 (-16.5) 
  • The Spurs opened as the biggest road favorites in an NBA playoff game in Game 3 (-11) 

The Spurs are also -100,000 to win the series, which means you need to risk $10,000 to win a whole buck if you want to take them. Even the NBA-win record setting Golden State Warriors  (-80,000) aren’t favored by that much to win their first round series despite being up 2-0 over the Houston Rockets 

Crazy stuff. 

As big as the line is, you will have a tough time arguing that it’s way too high for Game 3. San Antonio obliterated Memphis in each of the first two games of this series, covering the massive spreads by 15.5 and 17.5 points respectively. 

That's not the win margin, that's the margin by which they covered. 

So a double-digit spread on the road probably isn’t so crazy, even though it stands on its own in terms of opening numbers in the NBA playoffs.

Only two other games in our database closed with the visiting team as a double digit favorite: San Antonio (-11.5 ) at the Lakers on April 28, 2013 and Cleveland (-10.5) at Atlanta on May 11, 2009. 

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