Spurs at Grizzlies: Prediction, Injuries, Key Matchups, and More

By George Middleton
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The San Antonio Spurs (13-5) will take on the Memphis Grizzlies (15-3) at the FedExForum on Friday night, in their last game of their four game road trip. The game is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. CT and can be seen on Fox Sports Southwest. The matchup features two of the best teams in the league.

How will San Antonio fare against Memphis? We take a look at recent history, injuries, and key matchups to predict the outcome of the game!

Recent Games

San Antonio Spurs

The San Antonio are coming off a tough 95-93 overtime loss against the Brooklyn Nets. The loss snapped the Spurs eight game winning streak. The Spurs never really got going in the game as the Nets played excellent defense. A horrendous third quarter cost the Spurs as they got outscored 28-16.

Memphis Grizzlies

The Memphis Grizzlies are coming off a nine point loss against at Houston, which snapped their five game winning streak. The loss was a bit surprising as Dwight Howard didn’t suit up for Houston. The Grizzlies were actually down by as many as 27 points before their reserves made it closer in the final minutes. Overall the Grizzlies have had a spectacular season having won 15 of 18 games. The Grizzlies are 8-0 at home.

Injuries

San Antonio Spurs

Patty Mills (Point Guard)– Mills is still healing from surgery on his right shoulder.

Tiago Splitter (Center)- Expected to miss as he is recovering from tightness in his right calf. Day-to-day

Memphis Grizzlies

Marc Gasol (Center)- Marc Gasol is questionable for the contest as he has bone bruise on his right knee.

Key Matchups

Since Gasol is questionable, I will go with a matchup that features two players that will play. Tony Parker and Mike Conley are two terrific guards and they have had a fair share of battles over their past few seasons.

San Antonio Spurs. TONY PARKER. PG. Tony Parker has had a terrific season thus far and has even surprised people in one specific area. Parker is shooting 68% from three point range, which leads the league. On the season he is averaging 16.8 points and 5.7 assists, while shooting 51% from the field. After a nine point outing against Brooklyn, expect Parker to step it up a notch even against a great Memphis defense.. PG

PG. Mike Conley like Parker has also been terrific this season. Conley is averaging 16.2 points and 6.3 assists. He is also one of the best defenders at the point guard spot, so expect Parker to work for every point he has. He is coming off a 15 point and 6 assists performance in 27 minutes against Houston.. PG. Memphis Grizzlies. MIKE CONLEY

Prediction

As much as my mind tells me to lean toward picking the Memphis Grizzlies, I am going the opposite way. The Spurs will win, with the primary factor being that they lost their last game. The Spurs will come out hungrier and give the Grizzlies their first home loss of the season. If Gasol doesn’t suit up I should have no problem getting this one right. Expect a big night from Kawhi Leonard.

96. 29. 92. 211.

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