Memphis Grizzlies versus San Antonio Spurs NBA Pro Basketball Playoff Betting Preview

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It will be Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals in NBA playoff competition as the Memphis Grizzlies will hit the highway to face the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday afternoon May 19th. The Grizzlies and Spurs will get things started from San Antonio at 3:30PM Eastern Time and ABC TV will provide the live television broadcast.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the home side San Antonio Spurs favored by -4 ½ points with the over under line set at 183 ½ points. A money line wager on the home side San Antonio Spurs will lay -190 odds. Bettors who believe that the road underdog Memphis Grizzlies can steal game one with a straight up victory can get back +160 odds for a money line wager.

The Grizzlies and Spurs have recent history in the NBA playoffs as the teams went head to head in the 2011 playoffs and the Spurs were the number one seed and the Grizzlies were an eighth seed in the Western conference. Memphis pulled off the upset in six games and it was the only the fourth time that an eighth seed beat a one seed in the playoff series. Memphis has really benefitted from trading away the inefficient Rudy Gay to Toronto and received Tayshaun Prince via a trade. Gay was a high volume low percentage shooter that hindered the Grizzlies ability to move very deep in the postseason. Now the ball gets in the hands more of high percentage shooters in Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol and the team is playing at its highest level in team history. Memphis faced tough competition leading into the Western conference Finals series as they disposed of the LA Clippers in six games and get past the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games. San Antonio swept past a LA Lakers team decimated with injuries in the first round. Then the Spurs faced an upstart Golden St Warriors and were tied at 2-2 after four games in the series. San Antonio put the clamps on the Warriors offense in the final two games to win in six games.

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