NBA Betting: Memphis Grizzlies, Spurs Game 6

By: Adam Markowitz | Thursday, April 28, 2011

There have only been three times in the history of the NBA playoffs that a No. 8 seed has knocked off a No. 1 seed, and only once has it come in a best of seven series. On top of that, the Memphis Grizzlies have never won a postseason series in team history.

Needless to say, the Grizz have their work cut out for them to beat history, and if they're going to do it once and for all, their best chance is to beat the San Antonio Spurs at home on Friday night. This NBA betting battle at FedEx Forum will take place at 6:00 p.m. (PT) with San Antonio trying to level the series that is 3-2 in Memphis' favor.

However, the Spurs should really count their lucky stars that they are even still in this series. They needed a furious fourth-quarter rally just to get into overtime in Game 5 against Memphis on Wednesday night before taking care of business in the bonus period by outscoring the Grizzlies, 13-6.

This might have been just what the doctor ordered though for the boys in silver and black. Sure, it was a tough-fought victory, but the Spurs got great games out of Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. The Argentine scored 33 points and had six assists with six boards, clearly the best game that he has had in the playoffs this year. Parker's 24 points and nine assists were both his best numbers of the series as well.

Tim Duncan had a double-double, and the bench pitched in with some solid contributions to boot.

Memphis has gotten a mammoth series out of Zach Randolph, their leading scorer from the regular season. Randolph is just shy of 20 PPG in this series, and he had 26 points, 11 boards and six assists on Wednesday in the OT thriller, giving him his second double-double of the series.

Marc Gasol has been a double-double machine against the Spurs, averaging 14.6 PPG and 12.2 RPG.  Officially, Gasol has only had two double-doubles, but he's grabbed at least nine boards and scored at least nine points in all five games.

The real difference maker has been Mike Conley, Jr. The much heralded, yet highly criticized point guard from Ohio State is definitely proving his worth in this series. Conley has scored at least 13 points in all of his games, and he had a series-high 20 on Wednesday to go with five rebounds and five assists.

At just 23 years old, Conley is standing toe-to-toe with Parker and Ginobili, and if this keeps up, Memphis is going to be very, very hard to knock off.

It's just really hard to ignore the NBA trends in this game. The Spurs are just 0-7-1 ATS in their last eight games overall, and they are 1-9-1 ATS in their last 11 clashes with Memphis. San Antonio was very, very lucky to escape with a push on Wednesday night, something that provided NBA betting fans of the Grizzlies with a horrible beat.

On top of that, Memphis had the best ATS record in the league in the regular season at 52-29-1, and now is 4-0-1 ATS in the playoffs.

The Grizzlies are one-point favorites to finish off the Spurs once and for all. The total has been lined at 190 ½.

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