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The first-seeded San Antonio Spurs out west will play the eighth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies in the first round. This series comes down to the veteran-laden Spurs against the athletic, youthful Grizzlies. I believe the Spurs can use their experience to their advantage to win this series.
The Spurs (somewhat) rested down the stretch of the regular season, but Manu Ginobili sprained his elbow Wednesday night against the Suns and is doubtful for game one in this series. If Ginobili is not fully healthy it will hurt them. However, the Spurs can still rely on Parker, Duncan, and Jefferson to step up. Pop knows what he is doing too, I think.
The Grizzlies are an up and coming team who could be really good in a few years. They have youthful players in Rudy Gay (who unfortunately is hurt and will miss the playoffs), Mike Conley, Marc Gasol, and Sam Young. There is veteran presence in Zach Randolph, Shane Battier, and Tony Allen which will help. However, there is no team that can match the experience of the Spurs, and the young players on Memphis may struggle more than they usually would.
Prediction: Spurs in six