NBA Odds – San Antonio Spurs at Memphis Grizzlies Game Preview
By Steven Wisner of North Shore Sports, INC
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The Spurs head to Memphis to take on the Grizzlies in a rematch of their November 21 matchup in San Antonio. The Spurs pulled off the win in that game, 92-82, despite LaMarcus Aldridge being sidelined. Aldridge is back in the mix for San Antonio now who’ll look for a commanding road victory over Memphis on Thursday.
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The Spurs will host the Bucks in San Antonio on Wednesday before heading to Memphis for Thursday’s game. Memphis, meanwhile, will have a day off between playing the Pelicans down in the Big Easy and hosting the Spurs.
Heading into their game against New Orleans on Tuesday, the Grizzlies were 4-6 SU and just 2-8 ATS in games played with a single day’s rest in between. At 4-1 SU and ATS, they’ve actually performed better without any rest.
On the flipside, San Antonio is 3-0 SU and ATS when playing without a day off in between. Their most recent win without a day off came over the Hawks when they put up 108 points to earn the 20-point victory.
In Memphis, guard Jordan Adam and forward Jarell Martin remain out while power forward Brandon Wright continues to sit out as well after playing just seven games. Wright is questionable to return from his knee injury this week.
On the other side of the court, the Spurs—despite an aging roster—don’t have any major injuries of note.
The key matchup in this game will be in the frontcourt as center Marc Gasol and forward Zach Randolph will be asked to keep pace with Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Tim Duncan.
Gasol and company were able to keep the Spurs big men in check the last time these teams played, but that was without Aldridge on the court. The former Trail Blazer is second to Leonard on the team in scoring with 15.2 PPG and also leads the way in rebounds with 9.2 per game. Behind him, Duncan offers up nine rebounds per game and Leonard sits at 7.8, giving them a rebounding edge against nearly every opponent.
As a team, they’re notching 46.1 rebounds per game. With the extra rebounds, it gives the team more chances from the floor. That’s dangerous for a team ranked No.3 in field goal percentage at 46.8 percent.
The front court presence has also led to the NBA’s leading defense that’s allowed less than 90 PPG on the young season. The Spurs held the Grizzlies to just 82 points the last time they met.
In their last meeting, the Grizzlies hung in there on the glass with just five fewer rebounds all night. That gap could widen with Aldridge now back in the mix.
The Spurs scored the 10-point victory over Memphis without one of their best players. While playing at home should help even things up for the Grizzlies, San Antonio is still a solid 5-4 ATS on the road. Memphis is just 3-6 ATS when at home.
Look for Mike Conley and his 15.8 PPG and 6.5 APG to keep pace with Tony Parker and company in the backcourt, but even with Gasol and Randolph, I expect Aldridge and Leonard to be too much for the Grizzlies to handle. When you add in the experience and professionalism of Duncan, the Spurs roster is just too deep.
San Antonio 101, Memphis 88