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NBA Picks: Memphis Grizzlies vs. San Antonio Spurs, Game 1

Jeff GrantContributor IMay 17, 2013

NBA Picks: Memphis Grizzlies vs. San Antonio Spurs, Game 1

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    The Memphis Grizzlies are 10-1 against the spread during the 2013 NBA playoffs, which is important to consider when making your picks on Sunday as they take on the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center.

    Sports bettors will find that the Grizzlies are five-point road underdogs in the pro basketball odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total sits at 183.5 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at Game 1 of the 2013 Western Conference Finals from a betting perspective, while offering up an against-the-spread pick along the way. 

Memphis Grizzlies

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    The Memphis Grizzlies eliminated the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games in their Western Conference semifinal series, earning an 88-84 victory as 4.5-point road underdogs on Wednesday.

    Over the last two-plus seasons, the Grizzlies are 9-4 straight up and against the spread when playing with three or more days' rest, with the OVER going 7-6 in that situation.

San Antonio Spurs

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    The San Antonio Spurs are 7-3 against the spread in the 2013 NBA playoffs. They advanced past the Golden State Warriors with a 94-82 victory as 2.5-point road favorites on Thursday.

    NBA handicappers will find that the Spurs are 4-2 straight up and 2-4 against the spread as home favorites of 3.5 to six points since the start of the regular season.

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the Memphis Grizzlies as one of their NBA playoff picks on Sunday, as I established the San Antonio Spurs as 3.5-point home favorites in Game 1 of the 2013 Western Conference Finals.

    NBA Pick: Memphis Grizzlies +5

     

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