The most lopsided series of the NBA playoffs continues tonight when the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies collide in Tennessee for Game 3. Sportsbooks opened the Grizzlies as 3.5-point home underdogs with a total of 184.5.
After hammering Memphis in the first two games, the Spurs are looking like a well-oiled machine right now. Kawhi Leonard has been stellar, averaging 34.5 points on a ridiculous 20-of-28 shooting from the field while knocking down all 28 free-throw attempts. He’s on pace to obliterate his previous best scoring postseason of his career (22.5 points per game), which was set last year.
The Grizzlies have been simply overmatched vs the high-flying Spurs, scoring just 82 points in each of the defeats in San Antonio. While Memphis head coach David Fizdale had a point in his epic post-game rant after Game 2 about the officiating (Leonard had more free-throw attempts than the entire Grizzlies team), it wasn’t the only reason for the loss. I’m not sure if the Grizzlies have what it takes to go toe to toe with the Spurs, which makes the San Antonio -3.5 line appealing in my eyes.
Backing the favorites to win straight up has been a very profitable play when the Spurs and Grizz get together, evidenced by favorites going 14-1 SU in the last 15 meetings between the squads.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Sports bettors looking to pick the Memphis Grizzlies as their prediction for this matchup, they were listed earlier as 4-point underdogs on the betting odds board at Bovada. Those betting on the total over/under for points scored have seen that line set at 185 for Thursday at shops such as MyBookie.
Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 98-94 victory for the Spurs. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Memphis Grizzlies are 43-41 so far on the NBA season, and 41-43 ATS vs the spread betting line. The San Antonio Spurs, meanwhile, are 63-21 and 43-39-2 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Memphis go 41-42-1 and the Spurs go 46-38 on the total. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Memphis vs San Antonio injuries news.
This game matches up the No. 21 (Memphis Grizzlies) and the No. 5 (Spurs) teams in the league, according to our current NBA betting Power Rankings at Odds Shark.
Offensively the game matches up Memphis's No. 29-ranked offense (100.04 PPG) against a San Antonio Spurs defense that ranks No. 2 at 97.75 PPG. The Memphis Grizzlies have averaged 43.43% from the field per game, less than the San Antonio Spurs have managed so far this NBA season (47.01% on average).
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Next Betting Matchups
San Antonio at Memphis, Saturday, April 22nd
Doc's Picks Service
Need more winning picks? Get $60 worth of premium member picks from Doc’s Sports – a recognized leader and trusted name in sports handicapping since 1971.
Odds Shark Staff Thu, Jun 23, 2:13pm