NBA Playoffs Monday Preview
Memphis Grizzlies at San Antonio Spurs
Monday, April 17, 9:30 p.m. (ET) TNT
NBA Pointspread: San Antonio -10.5
Total Line: 189.5
The Grizzlies came up well short in Saturday’s Game 1 this best-of-seven opening round playoff series with a 111-82 loss as 9.5-point road underdogs on closing betting line. They have now lost six of their last seven games straight-up while going 2-5 against the spread. The total went OVER 190.5 points in Saturday’s loss and it has gone OVER three of their last five games. Back on April 4, Memphis covered as a nine-point road underdog in a 95-89 loss to the Spurs. The total in that game stayed UNDER 195.5 points.
To reverse this recent losing trend against their Southwest Division rivals, Memphis is going to need a much better effort from an offense that was ranked 29th in the NBA in scoring with an average of 100.5 points per game. With just 82 points in Game 1, this offense has failed to eclipse the century mark in six of its last eight games. Marc Gasol ended Saturday’s game with 32 points while going 11-for-18 from the field, but the rest of the Grizzlies’ starting five accounted for a total of 25 points.
San Antonio closed out the regular season with three SU losses in its last four games while going 2-4-1 ATS over its last seven outings, but it appeared to be in solid postseason form in Saturday’s opener. The total has now gone OVER closing line in four of its last five games. The Spurs went 31-10 SU at home this season, but going back to a 97-90 victory against Memphis at the AT&T Center on March 23 as 7.5-point favorites, they are 3-6 ATS in their last nine home games.
Kawhi Leonard has been San Antonio’s leading scorer all season long with an average of 25.5 PPG and he led the way in Game 1 with 32 points while going 11-for-14 from the field. Lamarcus Aldridge added 20 points and veteran point guard Tony Parker ended the game with 18 points. The Spurs remain one of the most balanced teams in the NBA with an offense that is scoring 105.3 PPG complementing a defense that is second in the league in points allowed (98.1).