The San Antonio Spurs (5-27) travel to face off against the Memphis Grizzlies (10-22) on Tuesday, January 2nd. This game will be played at FedExForum. Both the Spurs and Grizzlies will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 8:00 ET.
Spurs vs Grizzlies
The Spurs Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their most recent matchup, the Spurs conveyed a message to the Celtics with a score of 134-101. The Spurs managed to secure te win, even though they were behind at halftime 65-53.
So far this season, the Spurs are 5-27 and have gone 1-2 in their last three games. In the Western Conference, they are currently in 15th place and are 5th in the Southwest division.
So far, San Antonio’s ATS record is below .500 at 12-20. The Spurs maintain an ATS record of 6-10 on the road, while they have a 6-10 record vs. the spread when playing at home.
The Grizzlies Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Most recently, the Grizzlies lost to the Kings with a final score of 123-92. Besides losing the game outright, the Grizzlies also fell short against the spread, failing to cover as -1 point favorites. In terms of the over/under, the combined 215 points was below the over/under line of 236.
In their last five games, the Grizzlies are 2-3 and have an overall record of 10-22. When playing at home, the Grizzlies are 2-12 compared to their 8-10 record on the road.
Memphis has an overall ATS record of 13-19 for the season so far. The Grizzlies have two straight ATS losses as the underdog and are 5-6 vs. the spread as the favorite.
Spurs Offense Breakdown
San Antonio has recorded an average of 111.3 points per game (25th) throughout 32 games games. When looking at the Spurs pace of play, they tend to play an up-tempo style of basketball. So far, the team is in the upper half of the NBA in possessions per game, averaging 102.5. However, they have not been able to pair this up-tempo speed with overall scoring efficiency, as they are just 17th in made field goals per game.
Grizzlies Offense Breakdown
Through 32 games the Grizzlies are averaging 106.8 points per contest, placing them 30th in the NBA. So far, the Grizzlies are averaging 99.4 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. This deliberate style of basketball has played a role in the unit ranking just 30th in made shots per game.
Spurs Team Defense
Looking at the Spurs defense, they will be looking for a better performance considering they are currently conceding 123.3 points per game (28th). San Antonio’s defense is currently forcing 15 turnovers per game, which is 28th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 9th in blocked shots, with an average of 5.8 rejections per game.
Grizzlies Team Defense
This season, the Grizzlies’ defense is the 15th ranked defense in the NBA at 15th PPG. So far, they have held opposing offenses below the NBA scoring average in 56.2% of their games. The Memphis defense has allowed opponents to shoot 38.8% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 46.4% of their field goal attempts vs. Memphis.
Key Players For The Spurs And Grizzlies
Our game forecasts for today suggest that Devin Vassell is set to be the main scorer for the Spurs, recording 19 points and shooting 7/15 from the field. For the season, he has been averaging 18.3 points per game, in addition to 3.4 rebounds.
As for Memphis, Ja Morant is projected to be the primary scorer for the Grizzlies. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 25, and adding 6 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 46.7%, and his scoring average is 25.2 points per game.
Spurs vs Grizzlies Trends
- Through their last ten road games, San Antonio has an ATS record of just 4-6. However, their overall record was 1-9 while averaging 109 points per game.
- Across their last five home contests, Memphis has been good against the spread posting a mark of 3-2. Their overall mark in these games was 3-2, while averaging 113 points per game.
- Looking back on the team’s last ten games as the underdog, the Spurs have a straight up record of 2-8. Their record vs the spread in these games was 4-6.
- As the betting favorite, the Grizzlies have an ATS record of 4-1 in their last five games. In these matchups their, straight up record was 4-1.
Entering the game as underdogs with a spread of +11.5, the Spurs is our point spread pick. Our projections not only see them covering the spread but also indicate a solid chance of an outright victory. This is a good choice for those looking for a higher moneyline payout.
Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 233.5, and our model predicts the Spurs and Grizzlies to score a combined 210 points. We recommend betting on the under.
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