The seventh-seeded Memphis Grizzlies take on the No. 2 Spurs in a Western Conference first-round matchup that saw these rivals split the season series. Let’s review what the NBA oddsmakers are hanging on this series.
The NBA oddsmakers at 5Dimes are one of the first offshore books to hang numbers on the upcoming first-round series inthe NBA. In the Memphis-San Antonio first-round clash we see a fairly sizeable change in the opening number on this series price. The Spurs opened as -1500 (take back +700 on Memphis) favorites, but as of Friday morning that number has fallen to Spurs -1050 (+675) as the early money has clearly come in on Memphis.
The reason for all this Memphis love is that the season series was split between the two teams, with the Grizzlies capturing the first two contests played in their home gym while the Spurs won the last two in San Antonio. Nevertheless, it should be noted that the Grizzlies delivered ATS winners in all four meetings with the Spurs for those who backed them in their NBA picks. Both teams went into a late-season spiral with the Grizzlies losing five of their last six (2-4 ATS), while the Spurs dropped four of their last five (1-4 ATS).
It’s all shiny and new for both teams as the second season has arrived. Though the Spurs get the first two games in San Antonio and would get four at home if the series were to go seven, we feel the Grizzlies match up well against San Antonio and are getting a nice price to boot. If you are looking for a first-round upset this could very well be it. Let’s take what the oddsmakers are giving us and back Memphis in an upset.Free NBA Series Pick: Grizzlies +675Best Line Offered: 5Dimes