NBA Predictions: Memphis Grizzlies vs. San Antonio Spurs

Memphis Grizzlies vs. San Antonio Spurs
Sunday, 4/6/14, 7:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  San Antonio -8
Current Betting Line:  San Antonio -7
Opening Total:  192
Current Total:  191
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The San Antonio Spurs are 2-6 ATS as home favorites of 6.5 to 9 points

The San Antonio Spurs are 2-6 ATS as home favorites of 6.5 to 9 points

Memphis has alternated wins and losses over its last four games, as it comes off a 100-92 victory over the Denver Nuggets as 9.5-point home favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total for a third consecutive affair.  The Grizzlies have three of five probable starters averaging double figures, with forward Zach Randolph leading the way at 17.3 points a contest, which is important to consider when making your NBA predictions.  The team is 21-10 this season when he leads the team or shards the team lead in scoring.  Memphis is 2-3 ATS as road underdogs of 6.5 to 9 points.

The Grizzlies are 21-17 SU on the road this season, including an 11-10 mark versus Western Conference opponents.  Memphis has been getting tremendous production from its bench, with the group averaging 32.7 points on 47.2 percent shooting—something to consider when looking over the pro basketball odds page.  The squad has compiled a 28-12 SU record since the return of starting center Marc Gasol—holding opponents to 91.2 points per game over that span.

San Antonio looks to get back on track after suffering a 106-94 defeat to the Oklahoma City Thunder as four-point road underdogs last time out, while going UNDER the betting total for a fourth consecutive contest.  The Spurs are led by the play of forward Tim Duncan and point guard Tony Parker—averaging 15.2 and 16.9 points per game respectively.  Parker was held to just six points in 26 minutes of action last time out.  San Antonio is 2-6 ATS as home favorites of 6.5 to 9 points during the 2013-14 campaign.

The Spurs are outscoring opponents by an average of 8.3 points this season—the best point differential in the league.  Additionally, the average is the highest point differential for the franchise since the 2006-07 season when the Silver and Black captured their fourth championship.  San Antonio has scored 100-or-more points in 58 games this season—marking the most such games since Duncan arrived in the Lone Star State in 1997-98.

Sports bettors will likely back the Grizzlies due to the Spurs being 1-5 ATS in their last six games following a SU loss.

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