Spurs Tame Grizzlies with Rockets Looming

Kawhi Leonard

Swinging Johnson

Friday, April 28, 2017 8:44 PM GMT

San Antonio wrapped their series with Memphis on Thursday night with a 103-96 Game 6 victory. Let’s see what we’ve learned from that series and get a sneak peek of their upcoming tilt with Houston on Monday night so we can continue to cash in our NBA picks.

Public Doesn’t Always Lose

The most consistent trend in the 2017 regular and postseason was that the San Antonio Spurs would not only fail to cover the number when playing in Memphis but would lose outright. It happened twice in the regular season and heading into Game 6 it happened again twice in the first-round playoff matchup between the two Southwest division foes. Yet, that pesky little detail did not deter the chalk-loving public. The NBA odds makers installed the Spurs as four-point road favorites even though they had yet to win at that venue this season.

Nevertheless, the money poured in on San Antonio with bettors showering 76% of point-spread tickets and 80% of point-spread dollars on the Spurs. The public even gobbled the road favorite on the money-line with 58 percent of those tickets and 53 percent of the money-line dollars earmarked on them. All of this square action forced the offshore sportsbooks to move the number from four to five but even that wasn’t enough as the public cleaned house when the Spurs bucked the trend and scored a 103-96 victory, cashing their NBA picks with a point to spare.

 

Spurs Prep to Shoot Down Rockets

The Spurs, seeded second in the West, will prepare to take on the No.3 seed Houston Rockets. The series tips at the AT&T Center on Monday night and it will be a battle between two evenly matched clubs. San Antonio won the season series 3-1 but was 2-2 ATS with the last game being played on March 6th in which the Spurs prevailed 112-110 but failed to cover the number as four-point home chalk.

Despite their close geographic proximity, these two Lone Star franchises have met only three times in the playoffs. The last time they met, Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon and his Rockets were putting the finishing touches on the top-seeded Spurs captained by the Admiral himself, David Robinson. Amazingly, this postseason series never made an appearance during future Hall-of-Famer Tim Duncan’s long and hallowed NBA career. This series will feature the one-man wrecking crew of James Harden versus the team oriented splendor of the San Antonio Spurs who boast their own burgeoning superstar in Kawhi Leonard. Despite the muscle hustle inside from the Rockets, it will be the stout defense of the Spurs that could give Houston fits. There were no blowouts in any of the four games between these clubs during the regular season so look for this series to reveal a few bloody noses and down-to-the-wire thrillers. The action begins on Monday night at 9:30 ET on TNT.

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