A battle between what used to be the two best defensive squads in the league last season but both struggling this year takes place today in San Antonio, when the Spurs (36-27), looking to return the winning ways and the top places of the West, are hosting the Memphis Grizzlies (18-44), who are on a free fall and are tanking in what turned out to be a lost season.
Date/Time: 03-05-2018, 20:30 EDT
Spread: San Antonio Spurs -9.5
Spurs are 36-27 so far in the league and have fallen on the sixth place of the West. They are 1-6 in their last 7 and in their latest matchup they got defeat by the Lakers at home with a 112-116 score. LaMarcus Aldridge with leads the team in scoring 22.5 ppg, adding a team-best 8.2 boards per game, while Kawhi Leonard is out indefinitely with an injury. Rudy Gay adds 11.4 ppg and 5.2 boards, while Pau Gasol adds 10.8 ppg and a team-best 8.4 boards per game.
Top Basketball BookmakersGrizzlies are 18-44 so far in the league and are sitting on the second to last place of the West. They have lost their last 13 games and in their latest matchup they got defeated by Orlando on the road with a 100-107 score. Tyreke Evans leads the team in scoring with 19.4 ppg, adding 5.1 boards and a team-best 5.1 dimes per game but he is out with an injury. Marc Gasol follows with 17.8 ppg and a team-best 8.5 boards per game.
Spurs leads the Grizzlies 2-1 wins so far this season and in their latest meeting in San Antonio, Spurs won with a 104-95 score. San Antonio have a 22-8 home record so far, while Memphis are 5-24 on the road. San Antonio have both a better offense, with 102.4 ppg to Memphis’ league-low of 98.9% and a better defense, allowing a league-best 99.4 ppg to Memphis’ 103.6. Spurs also have better accuracy both from inside the arc (45.89% to 44.19%) and from behind the arc (35.54% to 34.8%). They also grab more rebounds (44.4 to 40.7) and dish more assists (22.9 to 21.3). San Antonio are the absolute favorite for the win against the weakest squad in the NBA currently. Pick Spurs for an easy win by more than 10 points at home tonight.
Memphis Grizzlies vs San Antonio Spurs Prediction: San Antonio Spurs -9.5 (-112)