NBA Basketball: Memphis Grizzlies VS San Antonio Spurs Pick and Predictions 03/17/2023

by James Q

Friday, Mar 17, 2023

NBA Basketball: Memphis Grizzlies VS San Antonio Spurs Pick and Predictions 03/17/2023

Game: 8:10 PM ET,  Friday, March 17th, 2023
Venue: AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
TV:  NBA League Pass
Season Record
Grizzlies: 41-27, 3rd place Western Conference
Spurs: 18-51, 14th place Western Conference

Opening NBA odds at USA Sportsbooks

BetMGM:  Point Spread: Grizz -8.5, O/U 234.5
PointsBet: Point Spread: Grizz -8.5, O/U 234.5
Fanduel: Point Spread:  Grizz -8.5, O/U 234.5

Starting Five:

Grizzlies: PG Tyus Jones, SG Desmond Bane, SF Dillon Brooks, PF Jaren Jackson JR, C Xavier Tillman

Spurs: PG Tre Jones, SG Devin Vassell, SF Keldon Johnson, PF Jeremy Sochan, C Zach Collins

A Western Conference NBA mismatch. But it isn’t about the win… It’s about the points spread.  The Memphis Grizzlies, for all their struggles, are the West’s 3rd place team.  They have a solid shot to do some real damage in the postseason when they get PG Ja Morant back from his 8 game exile for waving a gun on instagram while shirtless at 5 AM in a Denver area strip club… They also will need the return of C Stephen Adams.  But that is the postseason… in a matchup with the “tanking” and woeful Spurs the Grizzlies will still have the better player at 4 of the 5 starting positions on the floor.  The San Antonio Spurs are terrible.  They are 14th in the West and will seriously contend to drop to 15th if the Rockets screw up and win another game (like they just did over the Lakers).  The Spurs have a couple of good young pieces on their roster and that is literally it.. After SF Keldon Johnson and PF Jeremy Sochan.. Everyone else is entirely dispensable.  The Spurs game plan at the moment starts and ends with trying to win the upcoming NBA Draft Lottery… or at least place top-three.  Then the rebuild moves to a higher gear.  The great betting opportunity here is found in dismissing the Grizzlies troubles and deciding whether or not the remaining players will cover an 8.5 spread?

The Memphis Grizzlies have won 6 of their last 10 games.  They went 6-4 ATS during that stretch.  They have gone 3-3 since PG Ja Morant was sent into the exile of round the clock Reike treatments and relaxation exercises.  They lost their last game to the Miami Heat 138-119.  The Grizz must be struggling because the Heat rarely ever score that many points in a game even against bad teams.  In the loss the Grizz got 25 points from PF Jaren Jackson JR… and terrible shooting from Desmond Bane, Tyus Jones, and Dillon Brooks.

The San Antonio Spurs have won 4 of their last 10 games.  Which is a lot of wins in a ten game span for the Spurs… They have only won 18 out of 69 games so far!  They won their last game against the Dallas Mavericks (which gave the young Rockets permission to try against the Lakers the next night) 137-128. In the win SF Keldon Johnson led the Spurs with 27 points & 8 rebounds… He was one of 7 Spurs that scored in double figures.

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Memphis Grizzlies VS San Antonio Spurs Prediction

Our prediction for Friday, March 17th is…. Grizzlies 118 - Spurs 108  

Bet on the Grizzlies to win and Cover.  The Grizzlies are going through several struggles at the moment… but in reality the Spurs are still the Spurs and the Grizzlies are wildly more talented at several positions top to bottom.

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NBA Betting Trends

The Grizzlies are 37-17 ATS after a loss by 10 points or more the last 3 seasons.
The Spurs are 9-21 ATS revenging a same season loss this season.

Players To Watch

Magic: PF Paolo Banchero. He looks the part.. He will most likely win ROY.  He is big and athletic and has a level head… But when will he play team ball and defense?... Will it happen before he gets better players or should it start now?

Suns: PG Chris Paul.  Chris is slowing down.  He is an old man that has had his hopes dashed in the playoffs because of injury either to himself or others… several times!  He needs to find the next gear and play like he has a chance whether Kevin returns or not.


Magic: Jamahl “let’s get some more ping pong balls” Mosley
Suns: Monty “Mr Class” Williams

James Q

About the Author:

James Q. has been involved with sports and gambling his entire life. A former division 1 scholarship basketball player, James understands sports (and especially basketball) inside-and-out. Following his basketball playing days, James parlayed his gambling skills into a semi-pro poker career. James resides in Los Angeles, and especially loves the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Rams, and Los Angeles Dodgers. And when he isn't betting on sports (and writing about it), James can be found performing stand-up comedy on the Sunset Strip.

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