The San Antonio Spurs and the Memphis Grizzlies are on a collision course this Wednesday. On the line are their survival and a ticket to the next stage of the Play-In Tournament, where the winner of this matchup will face the victor of the showdown between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers. Check out our preview of this Spurs-Grizzlies game below.
Betting Preview for the San Antonio Spurs vs Memphis Grizzlies NBA Play-In Tournament Game on May 19, 2021
Where: FedExForum, Memphis, TN
When: Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 7:30 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the San Antonio Spurs (+3.5)
Regular Season Record: 33-39
The Spurs are on a tailspin as they’ve lost all of their last four games, heading into the Play-In Tournament. However, all those losses came at the hands of play-off-bound teams. During that stretch, the Spurs lost twice to the Phoenix Suns and one each to the Brooklyn Nets and the to the New York Knicks. Nevertheless, the Spurs have covered the spread in three of their last five games after a loss. San Antonio will look for DeMar DeRozan to show them the way this Wednesday. DeRozan led the Spurs in the regular season with 21.6 points per game on 49.5 percent shooting from the field. Dejounte Murray and Keldon Johnson will be DeRozan’s top running mates, and they should be ready to answer the challenge. When the Spurs beat the Grizzlies on the road back in December, 131-119, DeRozan and Murray had 28 and 21 points, respectively, while Johnson produced 16 more.
The Spurs are 4-0 against the spread in their last 4 games after taking a 2-day rest.
Betting on the Memphis Grizzlies (-3.5)
Regular Season Record: 38-34
Even though the Grizzlies lost to the Golden State Warriors on the road last Sunday, 113-101, in their regular-season finale, they still have a good-looking record of 5-1 straight up over their past six contests. The tandem of Ja Morant and Jonas Valanciunas will be a handful for San Antonio’s defense that’s one of the worst in the paint. The Spurs allowed an average of 50.2 points in the shaded area per game in the regular season, and that was just 26th in the league. Meanwhile, the Grizzlies ended the regular season with a league-best 55.9 points in the paint per game. The Spurs could pack the paint if they want to stop Memphis from abusing them inside, but they should also know that the Grizzlies shot 45.7 percent from deep in the three meetings between these teams back in the regular season.
The Grizzlies have covered the spread in 10 of their last 12 games on a Wednesday.
The Grizzlies win, 114-111.
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