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A pair of Southwest Division teams take the floor in Grind City. The San Antonio Spurs are on the road as they make the trip to face the Memphis Grizzlies Tuesday night. San Antonio was drubbed 125-105 on the road by Utah in their last game Saturday night. Memphis defeated New Orleans 99-90 at home in another Southwest Division matchup Saturday night. The Spurs own a commanding 70-24 advantage in the all-time regular season series. This season, Memphis has taken two of three meetings, including a 96-86 home win in the last meeting on January 9.
San Antonio Spurs Look to Bounce Back From Blowout
San Antonio suffered their fourth straight loss as they were pasted by Utah on the road to drop to 0-4 on this road swing. The Spurs entered Monday seventh in the Western Conference and stood just one game ahead of ninth-place Sacramento. San Antonio led by one after the opening quarter before getting outscored 39-24 in the second quarter to trail by 14 at the half. The Spurs didn’t get closer than 10 the rest of the way. San Antonio shot 44.9 percent from the field, including seven of 22 from three-point range, and lost the rebounding battle 52-36. DeMar DeRozan led the Spurs with 23 points and five assists in the loss.
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) February 9, 2019
The Spurs are average offensively this season, ranking 13th in scoring offense with 112.4 points per game. San Antonio is 22nd in rebounding with 44.1 boards a contest while the team is 13th in assists with 24.7 dimes per game. San Antonio is 16th in the league in scoring defense as they allow 111.4 points a game. LaMarcus Aldridge contributes 21 points and nine rebounds a night. DeMar DeRozan puts up a team-leading 21.6 points and 6.2 assists per game in his first season in San Antonio. Pau Gasol mans the low post while Rudy Gay (14.4 points, 6.3 boards), Patty Mills, Davis Bertans, Bryn Forbes (12.1 points), Dante Cunningham, Marco Belinelli (10.9 points), Lonnie Walker IV and Jakob Poeltl all are going to be looked at to contribute for coach Gregg Popovich’s team. The Spurs are tied for 2nd in the league by shooting 47.9 percent from the field. San Antonio is tied for 21st in three-point field goals per game with 10.1 per contest. The Spurs are 1st in the league by knocking down 40.6 percent of their long-range attempts.
Memphis Grizzlies Seek Fourth Win in Five Games
Memphis started 2019 with a 2-15 mark but has won three of their last four games after taking down the Pelicans on Saturday night at home. The Grizzlies entered Monday 14th in the Western Conference, eight games behind the Clippers for the final playoff spot. Memphis trailed by eight after the opening quarter and by three at the half. The Grizzlies took control of the game with a 31-18 third-quarter edge and didn’t let the Pelicans closer than four the rest of the way. Memphis shot 43.2 percent from the field, including eight of 29 from three-point range, and overcame a 52-45 beating on the glass. Joakim Noah led the Grizzlies with 19 points and 14 rebounds in the win.
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— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) February 11, 2019
The Grizzlies enter this game ranked 30th in scoring offense in the league as they average 100.3 points per game. Memphis is in the bottom third of the pack in the league on the glass, ranking 29th with 40.5 boards a night. The Grizzlies are 21st in the league in assists with 23.4 per game. Memphis stands 2nd in the league in scoring defense as they allow 103.4 points per game. Mike Conley leads the team in scoring with 20.1 points and 6.4 assists per game. Justin Holiday (10.5 points), Delon Wright, Jonas Valanciunas and Jaren Jackson Jr. (13.9 points) are solid secondary scoring options. Ivan Rabb, CJ Miles, Avery Bradley and Joakim Noah are key rotational pieces for Memphis, provided they can stay healthy. The Grizzlies are tied for 22ndin the league in field goal percentage as the team shoots 44.9 percent from the floor. Memphis is 30th in the league with 9.3 threes per game and 27th in the league as they shoot 33.8 percent from beyond the arc. Parsons left the team indefinitely after making claims that the front office was keeping him out after being medically cleared from a knee injury last month. He is expected to rejoin the team and be in the rotation after the All-Star break. Brooks is expected to be done for the year after undergoing toe surgery.
- Grizzlies are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games
- Grizzlies are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game
- Grizzlies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference foes
- Spurs are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games overall
- Spurs are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 vs. Western Conference foes
- Spurs are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
San Antonio has hit the skids as all four losses have been pretty one-sided: they lost by 15, 39, nine and 20 points in this stretch on the road. The Spurs have to get back on track if they hope to maintain their spot in a crowded Western Conference race. Memphis has won three of their last four games and they are coming off a solid win over New Orleans. Playing at home, knowing how the Spurs are fatigued from this road swing, give the slight edge to the Grizzlies in this one.
Prediction: Memphis Grizzlies +4
Full-Game Total Pick
San Antonio’s defense has been atrocious on this road swing with the 125 points Utah put on the board Saturday the lowest point total in the last four games. The Spurs have to be better on the defensive end of the floor than we’ve seen in the last four games. San Antonio finds themselves with a razor-thin margin as far as the postseason goes. Memphis is likely to miss the playoffs but they have won three of their last four. Can the Grizzlies keep it going and pick up another home win in this contest?
The under is 5-1 in the Spurs’ last 6 vs. Southwest Division teams and 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing straight up record. Memphis has seen the under go 6-1 in their last 7 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game, 5-1 in their last 6 games following an ATS win and 8-2 in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400. The last meeting between the teams here saw both teams fall under the century mark: look for this one to end up under the number.
Prediction: Under 209
Half-Time Side Pick
San Antonio’s defense has been carved up of late, which has led to them getting torched in their last four games. The Spurs have slumped to seventh in the Western Conference and now has to find a way to get back on track. Memphis got a solid outing from Noah in the win over the Pelicans. The Grizzlies still have Conley to lead the way and that’s a solid anchor for the team going down the stretch. Look for Memphis to play spoiler here: take the points at the half.
Prediction: Memphis Grizzlies +1.5
Half-Time Total Bet
We’re looking at a Memphis team that has seemingly found a way to get things going again despite dealing Gasol. The Grizzlies are excellent on the defensive end of the floor, ranking second in the league, and they can find a way to shut down even the most explosive of offenses. San Antonio has been inconsistent of late as their offensive attack has been decent but their defense has struggled. We saw a 96-86 game in the last meeting here: this one likely is under the number at the half.
Prediction: Under 100