Spurs vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Betting odds, preview, predictions
By Ethan Farina
The San Antonio Spurs will try to redeem themselves from this weekend’s letdown performance on the night of Tony Parker’s jersey retirement.
The final page of the final chapter in the legacy of the Big Three will finally be turned tonight. Tony Parker‘s jersey will be raised into the rafters of the AT&T Center alongside other San Antonio Spurs legends prior to tonight’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies. The four-time NBA champion and six-time All-Star joins Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan as the final member of the Big Three to have his number retired.
Once the jersey retirement ceremony is over the Spurs will have to focus on the task at hand, getting back to playing winning basketball. After their incredibly disappointing performance against the Celtics on Saturday, some positive regression is desperately needed.
This Memphis Grizzlies team is a young and scrappy bunch but San Antonio should be able to take care of business. Their preseason matchup with the Grizzlies gives us a good idea of what to expect tonight. Just like in preseason, the matchup between Ja Morant and Dejounte Murray will be well worth the price of admission.
In the first meeting between the two young guards, Morant had a well-rounded performance of 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists but Murray and the Spurs came away victorious. As one of the most promising rookies in his class, I would expect a similar outing from Morant tonight.
Murray isn’t the only Spur who will have his hands full with a young up and comer, LaMarcus Aldridge will be in for an interesting matchup with the Grizzlies combination of Jaren Jackson and Brandon Clarke. In what was supposed to be a potentially big game, Aldridge came up short against the Celtics. San Antonio will need him to play vastly better than he did on Saturday in this contest.
Spread: San Antonio Spurs -11
Player Prop Bets: None available
All betting information is courtesy of The Action Network.
It’s a hefty spread but the Spurs should still cover. At least you’d certainly hope they would. They’re coming off of one of their worst losses of the season and are enshrining one of the greatest players in franchise history. They’ve got all the motivation in the world to come out fast and hard and dominate the Grizzlies.
Memphis doesn’t really have anyone who can lock up DeMar DeRozan so you’d hope to see a big game from him tonight. Good teams win, great teams cover. I’m not sure if this team can be called great at this stage in the season. A bounce-back win is vastly more important than covering the spread for San Antonio given how they performed this weekend.
A win against the Grizzlies would be the perfect follow up to what should be a great night. Tip-off is from the AT&T Center at 6:30 PM.