Memphis Grizzlies Gear Up For Home Court Showdown Against The Spurs

Posted on May 18, 2021

The NBA regular season has come to an end, and now post-season excitement begins. The Memphis Grizzlies face off against the San Antonio Spurs Wednesday night during a win-or-go home game in the Play-In Tournament.

Grizzlies welcome Spurs for play-in home game

The NBA Playoffs officially begin on May 22. Before tipoff, however, eight teams must compete for a spot in the action through the league’s new Play-In Tournament. Only four teams will move on to the playoffs, and with any luck, one of those may very well be the Memphis Grizzlies.

Both the Grizzlies and Spurs lost their last game of the season on May 16. The Grizzlies lost 113-101 to the Golden State Warriors, while the Spurs lost 123-121 to the Phoenix Suns. As a result, the two teams find themselves paired together for this first post-season matchup.

NBA Play In

Coming into the game, the Grizzlies are positioned as the No. 9 seed, while the Spurs are No. 10. The winner will face off against the loser of the Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers game to determine the No. 8 seed.

That No. 8 seed will then advance to a playoff game against the No. 1 Utah Jazz.

The Spurs are dealing with a few injury setbacks that could factor into the upcoming game. Derrick White and Luka Samanic are still sitting on the bench, while Trey Lyles continues to nurse a sprained right ankle.

The Grizzlies team remains almost entirely intact aside from injuries affecting shooting guards Sean McDermott and Grayson Allen.

Grizzlies vs. Spurs play-in tournament odds

Those looking to bet on the Memphis Grizzlies have a variety of options to choose from. Sportsbooks wasted no time releasing odds as soon as the matchup was announced.

The Grizzlies take the upper hand here, hosting this one-game matchup on their home court in the FedEx Forum. That advantage is reflected at sportsbooks, which situate the Grizzlies as 3.5-point favorites.

DraftKings Tennessee situates the game’s over/under at 222. Of the 72 games in the Spur’s season, 37 of them have hit the over. The exact opposite is true for the Grizzlies, who hit the under in 37 of their games this season.

Out of the three games they’ve played against each other this season, Memphis has won two of those, both by a margin of 17 points or more. Total points for all three games averaged 242.

Along with traditional wagers, bettors can select the over/under on points, three-pointers, rebounds, and assists logged by individual players. Other wagering options include:

  • First team to score
  • Player to score the first field goal
  • Top point scorer of the game
  • Total points by quarter

For the avid parlay bettors out there, BetMGM Tennessee Sportsbook now offers a new One Game Parlay feature, allowing bettors to combine wagering selections for the same game.

If Memphis pulls through this game, the team still has a long road ahead if they want to clinch a conference title and have a shot at the NBA title. Going into this game, Memphis has +15000 odds of winning the West and +25000 odds of snagging the 2021 NBA title.

DraftKings promos and odds boosts

Before placing your bets, make sure to check out DraftKings for plenty of NBA betting promotions and odds boosts.

Memphis moneyline odds boost

From now until tip-off, DraftKings is boosting odds for Memphis to win from -165 to +100. With a maximum bet of $50, bettors can expect a total payout of up to $100 if the Grizzlies come out on top against the Spurs. And the most exciting part is, both current and new users can opt in for this single-use odds boost.

Bet $5, win $200 in free bets for new users

The promos don’t stop there. Now through the end of May, any new customer who places a $5 bet on the winner of an NBA basketball game can win $200 in free bets.

First, new users must make a deposit of $5 or more into their account and then opt in for the boost.

Then, place a moneyline wager on an NBA game from May 17-31. If your original bet wins, DraftKings will pay you the bonus as eight $25 free bets that must be used within seven days.

The free bet amount is not included in a player’s winnings, but the rest is pure profit.

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As a college athlete, Alec Cunningham played Division II golf at Tusculum University. She graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Professional Writing. She then returned to her love of written word in 2000 after working in the music industry as a concert promoter, tour manager and artist developer. As a journalist, she's covered a variety of topics and currently specializes in Tennessee online sports betting and Virginia casino news. She served as a panelist at this year's All American Sports Betting Summit, discussing the ever-evolving role of women in the gambling industry.

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