San Antonio Spurs guard Joshua Primo
San Antonio Spurs guard Joshua Primo (11) shoots next to Memphis Grizzlies center Steven Adams, center, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

GRIZZLIES VS SPURS, MAR. 30

Kyle Barrette

That Utah game was one of the worst collapses I’ve seen in a long, long time. It’s honestly sad because you can see that the team has talent, but they simply no longer gel well together. When you blow one 20+ point lead in a game, that’s awful enough, but blowing two, losing the game, and your floor general not even knowing that you don’t have a timeout left is just pathetic. There is no other way to say it. At times, Snyder seems to have lost control and even looks disinterested in the team at times. I would be shocked if he coaches this team next season. This loss opens the door for a good, hungry team like Minnesota to come in and take that last guaranteed spot, and if Utah falls to the seventh seed, you better believe there is a bigger chance than you may think that they will miss the playoffs completely. Today we’re heading to Memphis for a game between the NBA’s hottest team and the new holder of the 10th seed in the West.

Grizzlies
This team just doesn’t stop winning, and not just squeezing out wins in big ways. Their offense has been going off against everyone, and as we all know, they are doing all of it without their best player. Memphis has scored 120 points or more in all but four of its games this month and has crossed that mark in five straight. Those totals have been against playoff teams as well, including the Bucks, Warriors, and Nets. Four of their last five wins have come by 20 points or more. The defense has been on point as well. Four of the five wins, the opposing team’s highest score was 103. At this point, Morant will not play in this game either, as he sits out waiting on a re-evaluation of his knee, and at this rate, there is absolutely no reason to rush him back.

Spurs
For the moment, Spurs fans, you have backed your way into a shot at the NBA playoffs. Now remember to send everyone on the Lakers a thank you card for sucking so badly they didn’t even make the playoffs. The Spurs basically don’t have to do anything because the Lakers will end up losing by 15+ every game anyway. In all seriousness, the two teams are tied with the Spurs holding the tie breaker, thus being in the 10 spot right now. The Spurs are only one game behind the Pelicans for the ninth seed. They have been putting in the work and getting some wins lately to be in this position and have won five of their last six. Although things have gone their way, a majority of those games have been one-possession games that they were able to win. The concerning part is that there are a good number of close games with not-so-good teams. It will be interesting to see how they stack up against the team they may end up facing in the playoffs.

Grizzlies vs Spurs Pick: Memphis -6
As mentioned, the Spurs have won some games and the lines have been low for this Memphis team because they are playing without Morant. That has proven costly, as the Grizzlies have been destroying teams similar to the Spurs and will most likely keep the train rolling as they enter the playoffs.

Same Game Parlay
Grizzlies -5.5, Desmond Bane First Basket, Dejounte Murray Under 23.5 Pts, Grizzlies to win by 1-10 pts and Grizzlies Over 120.5 Pts.

SGP Odds +11578

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