The Memphis Grizzlies had this series in the bag until the San Antonio Spurs pulled off what was nothing short of a miracle. The Spurs now have new life in this series, but the Grizzlies can still put them away with a win.
Memphis must try again
Coming so close to advancing and not coming through, the Memphis Grizzlies will be devastated if it doesn’t recover and finish off the Spurs in Game 6. Very few people will give the Grizzlies a chance in Game 7 if it gets that far.
After scoring just 11 points in Game 4, Zach Randolph recorded his third 20-point performance of the series, with 26 points and 11 rebounds in Game 5. Marc Gasol continued his strong series, grabbing 17 rebounds and scoring 11 points. Memphis has done an excellent job guarding the perimeter in this series, holding the Spurs to 31 percent shooting from three-point land.
San Antonio tries to keep the momentum
After Gary Neal’s shot sent Game 5 into OT, the San Antonio Spurs outscored Memphis 13-6 to force Game 6. Manu Ginobili was outstanding, hitting a shot with 2.2 seconds left to pull the Spurs within one, and scoring 33 points to lead all scorers. If San Antonio continues to get scoring from Ginobili, and Tony Parker can take care of the ball like he did in Game 5 (nine assists, one turnover), then the Spurs will be back in San Antonio for Game 7.
Will there be a game 7?
Having been brought back from the dead, the Spurs look ready to take advantage of their second chance. If overtime of Game 5 is any indication, Memphis might just be too shell-shocked to regain its composure.
Even head coach Lionel Hollins said his team was not in the game mentally after allowing the Spurs to force the extra session. We will find out quickly just where the Grizzlies psyche is in Game 6, but I’m guessing that they will be unable to recover. I’m taking San Antonio plus the points to force Game 7. SBR's Joe C. is also backing the Spurs tonight, and is running with the ML in this game.
NBA betting trends give another reason to side with the Spurs:
SAN ANTONIO is 21-11 ATS (65.6%, +8.9 Units) in road games after playing a game as favorite this season. The average score was SAN ANTONIO 101.1, OPPONENT 99.6 - (Rating = 1*).
Seven of the past 10 meetings between these teams have finished Over the total and the NBA odds history also back the Over to occur on Friday night.
SAN ANTONIO is 14-5 OVER (73.7%, +8.5 Units) as a road underdog this season. The average score was SAN ANTONIO 101.5, OPPONENT 104.3 - (Rating = 1*).
My Pick: San Antonio Spurs plus the points