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San Antonio Spurs vs. Memphis Grizzlies

San Antonio Spurs (32-26) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (23-34)

February 12, 2019 @ 8:00 pm ET (FedEx Forum Stadium)

Lines and Odds: Grizzlies +5 Over/Under: 210

ESPN NBA Expert Picks Memphis Grizzlies vs. San Antonio Spurs

 

The San Antonio Spurs are the 7th seed in the Western Conference and the Memphis Grizzlies are the 14th seed. San Antonio has a record of 22-7 at home and 10-19 on the road, whereas Memphis is 14-14 at home and 9-20 on the road. San Antonio is ranked 2nd in the Southwest Division behind the Houston Rockets. They are two games back. The Spurs are currently on a four losing streak. The team has lost five of the last ten games. They are coming off a 125-105 loss to the Utah Jazz – played on February 9th. For Memphis, they are ranked 5th in the Southwest Division. The Grizzlies won over the New Orleans Pelicans recently on February 9th, with a final score 99-90. Additionally, Memphis has lost six of the last ten games. In the last ten match-ups head to head, the Spurs are in the lead with a record of 7-3 against the Grizzlies. In these ten games, San Antonio averaged a higher field goal percentage of 45.72%.

 

Memphis Grizzlies

The Memphis Grizzlies are the 30th ranked team in the NBA for scoring offense. They average 100.3 points per game. Their offensive efficiency rating is 1.009, which ranks 29th in the league. Mike Conley is leading the team for points per game, assists, and steals. He averages 20.1 points per game, 6.4 assists, and 1.4 steals. Jaren Jackson Jr. is in the lead for field goal percentage at 50.9% and blocks averaging 1.4 per game. Conley is also in front for average minutes played per game with 33.6 minutes. Marc Gasol was leading the team in rebounds with 8.6 per game, but he’s now playing on the Toronto Raptors. The team acquired him in a trade. Based on the injury report, Memphis is missing a few players. Chandler Parsons is out indefinitely, Jonas Valanciunas is listed as “probable” for tonight’s game, and Kyle Anderson was downgraded to “OUT.” Not to mention, Dillon Brooks is out for the season with a leg injury. For scoring defense, the Grizzlies are one of the best teams. The team allows 103.4 points per game and this ranks as second best overall. The Grizzlies’ defensive efficiency rating is 1.040 and the team ranks 6th for this metric. In terms of free throw shooting, Memphis is ranked 18th with an average of 75.9%. The Grizzlies averages 74.6% at home and 77.3% on the road.

San Antonio Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs have the 13th ranked scoring offense in the NBA with 112.4 points per game. Their offensive efficiency rating is 1.00, which ranks 5th overall. DeMar DeRozan is leading the team for points per game, assists, and steals. He averages 21.6 points per game, 6.2 assists, and 1 steal per game. For field goal percentage, Rudy Gay has the highest percentage at 52.2%. LaMarcus Aldridge is in front for average rebounds per game with 9 and blocks per game with 1.2. DeRozan is also leading the Spurs for average minutes played. He’s on the court for 35.2 minutes per game. On the injury report, the Spurs are improving day by day. Rudy Gay is listed as “probable” for tonight’s game against the Grizzlies. However, both Dejounte Murray and Derrick White are out for the season. For free throw shooting, the San Antonio Spurs are statistically the best team right now. They average 82.4% overall. At home, their free throw shooting percentage is 83.4%. On the road, they average 81.2%.

 

Cover the Spread 365 Trends

 

Memphis Grizzlies

Memphis is 6-1-1 ATS in its last 8 games

Memphis is 8-15-1 ATS in its last 24 games

Memphis is 5-18 SU in its last 23 games

The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Memphis’s last 7 games

Memphis is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

San Antonio Spurs

San Antonio is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games

San Antonio is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games

The total has gone OVER in 9 of San Antonio’s last 10 games

San Antonio is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road

San Antonio is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road

ESPN NBA Scores San Antonio Spurs vs. Memphis Grizzlies

 

For 3 point shooting, the Spurs are the best team in the league. Their average behind the three point line is 40.6%. The Grizzlies are struggling to nail their threes. They are ranked 27th in the league at 33.8%. Based on team shooting percentage, San Antonio is ranked 3rd at 47.9%, while Memphis is ranked 25th at 44.9%. Even for total rebounding percentage, the Spurs are playing better basketball than the Grizzlies. They are ranked 19th at 49.7%, whereas the Grizzlies are ranked 28th at 47.4%. Furthermore, Memphis averages more blocks per game with 5.7, while San Antonio averages 4.4. per game. Needless to say, the Grizzlies have the better scoring defense. However, the Spurs are the better free throw shooting team and they average more points per game. Despite San Antonio’s four game losing streak, this is one of those games that bettors should evaluate overall performances.

 

Pick: Spurs -4.5 (-170)

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He was solid the first 3 games, but with legit adjustments, #Nuggets have given Derrick White a new ”education” course. And he needs to pass it if #Spurs plan to win Game 6 in SA ... a new @TheAthleticNBA #Spurs read from Denver 👇🏿💯🏀https://t.co/kokSkuAI0u

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More @TheAthleticNBA reaction... Aldridge on Game 5 loss #Nuggets .... #Spurs

And here is Mike Malone, putting Game 5 talk aside for a second, wondering why Gregg Popovich isn’t in the Hall of Fame right now despite still being on the job #Spurs #Nuggets @TheAthleticNBA 🎥

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Great gets by the @memgrizz for their front office. Cho and Grunwald bring tons of experience to the organization. #GrindCity

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