Spurs vs. Grizzlies Pick
The San Antonio Spurs find themselves as a slight road favorite tonight when they take on the Memphis Grizzlies at 9PM ET.
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, San Antonio is favored in this one, as the Spurs are getting odds of -3.5 points against the Grizzlies in Memphis. The over/under total for the game is listed at 197 points. These two have met just once this season, with Memphis getting an 89-74 win at home on Feb. 6.
San Antonio is coming off surprising 110-106 loss at home to the Blazers on Wednesday night. San Antonio now sits at 52-15 overall on the season. It is 1.5 games behind Golden State for the race to the 1 seed in the West. The Spurs are struggling to cover lately, going just 2-7 ATS in their last nine games to drop to 35-31-1 against the spread on the season. The Spurs average 106.5 points per game this season and allow just 98.5 on defense. Kawhi Leonard is having an MVP-type season this year, averaging 26.4 points, 6 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game for San Antonio. LaMarcus Aldridge is adding 17.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.
Memphis is on a three-game winning streak entering tonight to move to 39-30 on the season. The Grizz are in the seventh seed in the West by 5.5 games and trail the Thunder for the sixth seed by just ½ a game. Memphis has covered the spread in its last three wins and is 35-34 against the spread on the season. Memphis averages just 101.4 points per game on offense this season while allowing 100.4 on defense. Both Marc Gasol and Mike Conley are averaging over 20 points per game. Conley adds 6.3 assists per contest while Gasol grabs 6.2 rebounds per contest.
The Spurs are coming off a loss at home, which usually isn’t good for the opposition. San Antonio has responded well following losses as is, only losing back-to-back games twice this season, but they do even better after losing at home. The Spurs have covered in their last two after a home loss, which including a 14-point win over the Thunder and a 40-point win over the Lakers. Look for the Spurs to bounce back well tonight against this Memphis team.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: SAN ANTONIO SPURS -3.5