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Memphis Grizzlies vs. San Antonio Spurs Predictions, Picks and Preview – 2017 NBA Playoffs – Western Conference First Round Game Five

Memphis Grizzlies vs. San Antonio Spurs Predictions, Picks and Preview – 2017 NBA Playoffs – Western Conference First Round Game Five


Memphis Grizzlies vs. San Antonio Spurs Game 5 Preview

Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio

When: Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 9:00 PM ET

Line: Memphis Grizzlies (+10) vs. San Antonio Spurs (-10); total: 188.0 – view all NBA lines

TV Broadcast: NBATV

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Betting on the Memphis Grizzlies (+500)

Point spread: +10

Where would the Grizzlies be without Mike Conley? Well, probably out hitting golf balls instead of preparing for Game 5 of this series.

Conley’s the best paid player in the history of the NBA and he played like he’s all worth all the money in Memphis team owner Robert Pera’s bank account when he scored 35 points and added 8 rebounds and 9 assists with some clutch shots to boot in a 110-108 overtime win in Game 4, helping the Grizzlies tie the series up at 2-2. Conley’s outplaying his guard counterparts on the Spurs side and he’s now put up at least 24 points in each outing since scoring just 13 in the series opener.

Conley’s going to need his sidekicks to function more consistently now that the series is getting deeper. Marc Gasol had 16 points (including the game-winner) in Game 4 but committed seven turnovers. The Grizzlies had 22 turnovers in Game 4, which San Antonio converted into 31 points. Memphis doesn’t usually commit that many errors, having just a combined 21 in the previous three games of the series and averaged just 12.8 back in the regular season so the Grizzlies’ messy Game 4 play could be taken as an aberration.

Memphis has covered the spread in each of the past two games.

Betting on the San Antonio Spurs (-700)

Point spread: -10

We all know Kawhi Leonard isn’t from this planet.  But he looked like he’s not from the same galaxy either when he unspooled one clutch shot after another and made nightmarish defensive plays on the other end late in regulation of Game 4 to help San Antonio catch up with Memphis, which until Leonard’s heroics, partially appeared to have the game in the bag.

All told, Leonard had 43 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 steals, with 7 threes. The Claw influenced the game like no other on the floor. Memphis head coach David Fizdale sort of begging ideas on how to stop Leonard during Game 4’s postgame press conference is a telltale that the Grizzlies are helpless against the Spurs’ forward, especially now that they’re missing their best perimeter defender in Tony Allen due to injury.

While Leonard’s playing like an alien, averaging 32.5 points so far in this series, some of his human teammates have to step up. LaMarcus Aldridge is having a tough time in this series dealing mostly with Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol but the Spurs can’t be happy with him grabbing just two rebounds in Game 4. He finished the game with 13 points and had just one trip to the foul line. He’ll have to be more assertive moving forward.

San Antonio is 6-4 ATS in its last 10 home games.

Writer’s Prediction

San Antonio (-10) wins, 105-100

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Written by Rex

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