NBA Picks: Grizzlies vs. Spurs Game 2 Predictions

Jeff Grant

Monday, May 20, 2013 1:42 PM GMT

Monday, May. 20, 2013 1:42 PM GMT

The Memphis Grizzlies have now lost all three series openers in the 2013 NBA playoffs, but they have a great opportunity to bounce back against the San Antonio Spurs Tuesday night.


Let’s take a closer look at the NBA odds for Game 2 of the Western Conference finals at the AT&T Center, with the opening tip scheduled for 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Never had a chance 

Memphis was outscored by 17 points in the opening 12 minutes and never had a chance, as it suffered a 105-83 blowout loss to San Antonio as 4.5-point road underdogs in Game 1 Sunday, while going OVER the betting total of 181.5. 

The Grizzlies are still 8-4 straight up (SU) and 10-2 against the spread (ATS) in the postseason, with the OVER going 8-4 in that situation.

What are our predictions for the outcome of the Western Conference Finals series?

Quite a performance 

San Antonio definitely displayed why its considered to be one of the best offensive teams in the NBA, as it shot 53 percent overall from the floor in the series opener—knocking down a franchise playoff record 14 3-pointers. 

The Spurs are 25-11 SU and 24-11-1 ATS after scoring 105 or more points since the start of the regular season, with the UNDER going 23-13 in those 36 opportunities.

Paging the big man

Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph was held to a playoff career-low two points in Game 1, which was far different than his 19.7 points per game average that he tallied in two previous series against the Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers. 

In four regular-season meetings between Memphis and San Antonio, the team that finished with more points in the paint proved victorious, which is why Randolph’s production is so important.

He led the league for the second time in his career with 310 offensive rebounds. 

Home-court advantage 

The Spurs are a veteran-laden roster that knows it’s imperative to keep home-court advantage in this series, as the Grizzlies are incredibly dangerous at FedExForum.

It’s still important to point out that San Antonio is 2-5 ATS in the conference finals the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 5-2 in those seven contests.

[gameodds]5/236519/43/us[/gameodds]

Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Grizzlies with their NBA picks Tuesday, as they’ve gone 7-2 SU and 6-2-1 ATS when trailing in a playoff series since 2010-11. 

NBA Pick:  Memphis Grizzlies +5 at Bet365

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