The series between the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies is looking suspiciously like a sweep for the Spurs.
Sweeps are rarely predicted, because it’s a bold declaration to make that one playoff team is so superior to the other playoff team they’re facing that in a series of consecutive games they square off in, adjustments by one squad can’t be made to at least pull out one victory against a lineup that they’ve become increasingly familiar of the intricacies and tendencies of.
The San Antonio Spurs look drastically better than the Memphis Grizzlies. The Spurs have won 5 championships in the last two decades, and this Spurs team won more regular season games than any of those prior championship teams did. Combining that with the Grizzlies losing 14 of their last 17 games and missing their star center and point guard paints a very bleak picture for the Grizzlies in this series.
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It’d be tempting to give the Grizzlies the benefit of the doubt and say that their remaining veterans who’ve experienced long playoff runs in past seasons have the guile and defensive intensity to grab a win in this series, but it seems like an emotional argument at best.
The Spurs were 4-0 against the Grizzlies in the regular season, winning each game by at least 6 points and 3 of the 4 by double digits. The final two games were without Conley and Gasol, and Randolph missed the first meeting, but even when those 3 were on the court together, they lost to the Spurs by 20 points in Memphis.
Try as one might, the only piece of evidence available to suggest that the Grizzlies can even win a game in this series rests with how difficult it is to sweep any playoff series. The Spurs winning 67 regular season games was also very difficult, so it’s not like this Spurs team isn’t capable of achieving theoretical improbabilities.
My prediction is a sweep by the Spurs. A quick 4-0 series win will buy them some extra rest for what’s bound to be a more competitive semi-finals matchup.