The NBA has fined Memphis Grizzlies coach David Fizdale $30,000 for criticizing the officiating after the team’s Game 2 loss.
Grizzlies coach David Fizdale gave us a rant for the ages last night after the Game 2 loss pic.twitter.com/anIhIna9WP
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) April 18, 2017
Fizdale called the officiating crew “unprofessional” and “unacceptable” mostly because of fouls that were and were not called during the game.
Kawhi Leonard attempted more free throws (19) than all of the Grizzlies players combined (15). The Spurs as a team attempted 32 free throws and made 31 of them.
Memphis lost 96-82 to San Antonio in Game 2 but there is reason to believe that the Grizzlies can cover in Game 3 thanks to all the free throws the Spurs made in the last game.
San Antonio is a good free throw shooting team. They were the 7th best squad from the charity stripe during the regular season but they made less than 80% of their attempts. Against the Griz in Game 2 they were nearly perfect (31 of 32, 96.9%).
Since 2005, teams that made 90% or more of their free throws in one playoff game went 35-45 (43.8%) ATS in their next game against the same opponent. If the team made 95% or more of their attempts from the line they were just 9-18 (33.3%) ATS the following game.
Casual bettors are often influenced by recency bias. The Spurs won and covered last game but what square bettors might not realize is that free throw disparity played a key roll. Also, the Spurs made an unsustainable amount of their attempts and are likely to regress to their season average.
More than 80% of spread bets are currently on San Antonio -3.5 at Memphis in Game 3. If you are looking for an angle on this game take the Griz because of all the free throws the Spurs made last game.
Game 3 – Raptors vs. Bucks
There is a Pro System pick for this game that is 195-134 (59%) ATS all-time