Authored by NBA Against The Spread Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall and produced by Charliessports.com for their 2014 Basketball game on Friday December 5, 2014 at 8:00 pm EST.
The (13-5) San Antonio Spurs of the Western Conference Southwest division will make the trip from the Alamo city to the Mid-South to take on the (15-3) Memphis Grizzlies also of the Western Conference Southwest division in 2014 NBA action. The team will play at the FedExForum on banks of the mighty Mississippi river in Memphis, Tennessee. This Sports Handicapper believes the Southwest division is the toughest in the league, and Memphis is in first place and San Antonio is in fourth place. Four of the five teams in the Southwest have winning records, and the last place Pelicans are at .500. The Opening betting lines are not posted for Friday Night’s game.
2014-15 San Antonio Spurs are looking to get back to the NBA Finals and win it all again this season, why not they still have the nucleus that took them to the finals the past two years. San Antonio is 5-1 Against The Point Spread the last six meetings between the teams and 4-1 ATS their last five in Memphis. San Antonio has been on the road since the end of November, going 2-1 both straight up and Against The Number. The Spurs are 1-4 Against The Point Spread, going over the total three times and staying under the Winning NBA Expert ATS Picks total twice their last five. The key to a San Antonio win is to dominate of the perimeter vs. Memphis, forward Kawhi Leonard is a tough matchup for Memphis. San Antonio will also have to defend the Grizzlies big men in the paint.
The 2014-15 Memphis Grizzlies lost 105-96 at Houston on Wednesday night ending a five-game winning streak. Memphis has historically been a grind it out team, but they are averaging over 100 points per game so far this season. The over is 4-0 the last four times the teams have played and the over is 7-0 in Memphis last seven games following a Straight up loss. Memphis is 6-4 Against the Spread, going over the total five of their last ten. Center Marc Gasol is questionable for Friday’s game after suffering a minor knee injury at Houston. The key to a Memphis win is to play their inside out game and tough defense.
Free Pick: Side & Total not available.