NBA Picks: Memphis Grizzlies vs. San Antonio Spurs, Game 2

Jeff Grant@@JeffGrantSportsContributor IMay 20, 2013

NBA Picks: Memphis Grizzlies vs. San Antonio Spurs, Game 2

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    The Memphis Grizzlies are 6-2-1 against the spread when trailing in a playoff series the last two-plus seasons, which can't be ignored when making your NBA picks Tuesday, 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 182.5 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals from a betting perspective while offering up a prediction along the way.

Memphis Grizzlies

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    The Memphis Grizzlies suffered a 105-83 defeat to the San Antonio Spurs as 4.5-point road underdogs in Game 1 Sunday, as they were outscored 31-14 in the opening 12 minutes.

    NBA handicappers will find that the Grizzlies are 3-8 straight up and 6-5 against the spread when getting 3.5 to 6.0 points away from FedExForum.

San Antonio Spurs

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    The San Antonio Spurs shot 53 percent from the floor in Game 1, which was a bit surprising against a Memphis Grizzlies squad that led the NBA in scoring defense during the regular season.

    Over the last two-plus seasons, the Spurs are 3-4 straight up and 2-5 against the spread in the conference finals, with the OVER going 5-2 in that situation.


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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the Memphis Grizzlies as their NBA playoff pick Tuesday, as they've gone 6-2 against the spread in their last eight games after allowing 100 or more points.

    NBA Pick: Memphis Grizzlies +5


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