It will be Game 1 of the NBA Playoff Western Conference Finals as the Memphis Grizzlies will be the road club as they face the San Antonio Spurs in a pro basketball game on Sunday afternoon of this best of seven series. Tip off time for the opening game of this best of seven NBA playoff series is set for 3:30PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by ESPN.
The NBA playoff odds for game one of this Western conference finals has the home side San Antonio Spurs favored by -4 points with an over under line of 183 ½ points. Early money from the bettors has not moved this betting line since the odds came out a few hours ago.
The Spurs and Grizzlies met four times during the regular season with each team winning on their home court. Each team covered the point spread twice with one cover at home and away. Three of the four games played under the total.
Memphis qualified for the Western conference finals off a win in six games in their opening round series against the LA Clippers and a second round win in five games against the Oklahoma City Thunder. They have lost the opening game in each round of the playoffs.
The Grizzlies are coming off their series clinching win on Wednesday in an 88-84 road victory at the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 as a +4 ½ point underdog. The total landed under 185 ½ points. They win four straight against the Thunder after losing in game one. The Grizzlies survived a 38 point second half because they built up a 12 point halftime lead. They shoot just 37% from the floor and made 3 of 14 three pointers. Memphis had a great game at the free throw line making 25 of 29 shots. Zach Randolph led Memphis with 28 points and 14 rebounds by making 8 of his 17 shots. Mike Conley chipped in with 13 shots and 11 assists on 5 of 18 shooting. They held the Thunder to 36.9% shooting and 6 of 25 makes from three. Memphis benefits from a season ending injury to the Thunders point guard Russell Westbrook. The Grizzlies are the top scoring defense in basketball by allowing 89.3 points a game. They rank in the bottom third of the league in all three key offensive areas.
San Antonio opened up the playoffs by disposing of an injury riddled LA Lakers in a four game sweep. They were challenged by the Golden St Warriors as San Antonio rallies for two straight wins to break a 2-2 series tie to win in six games They held the Warriors to no more than 92 points in regulation in the final four games of their second round series. The Spurs advanced into the Western conference finals off their 94-82 road victory against the Golden St Warriors on Thursday night as a -2 ½ point betting favorite. The total in the game landed under 194 ½ points.
San Antonio in their series clincher allowed just 40 first half points and 42 points in the second half to the Warriors in victory. The Spurs shot 45.2% from the floor and made 7 of 19 three pointers.