San Antonio Spurs vs Memphis Grizzlies 12/23/2019 NBA Picks and Previews
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
San Antonio Spurs vs Memphis Grizzlies 12/23/2019 – This has been a nightmare of a season for the San Antonio Spurs and they are on pace to miss the playoffs for the first time under Greg Popovich. They look to turn things around really soon as they travel to the FedEx Forum to battle with the Memphis Grizzlies this December 23, Thursday at 8 pm Eastern Time. Meanwhile, the Grizzlies have been carried by rookie Ja Morant and they have split their last ten games to five wins and five losses. It is a tight match to call but NBA Games Today Odds select the home team to pick up the win. This match will be shown on TV by the Fox Sports Southeast Memphis while live stream is available for NBA League Pass subscribers.
San Antonio Spurs vs Memphis Grizzlies 12/23/2019
San Antonio Spurs vs Memphis Grizzlies 12/23/2019 Betting Odds
San Antonio Spurs Betting
If there is one team that suffered more with the Kawhi Leonard departure, it is surely more felt by the San Antonio Spurs. With DeMar DeRozan being the player the coveted from the Raptors roster, he had provided with good offensive numbers but the team lacked the defensive swag. DeRozan averages 20.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.7 assists while center LaMarcus Aldrige is doing 18.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists. They are surrounded by mediocre players with Patty Mills and Brian Forbes being their 3rd and 4th options in defense. San Antonio fans miss the way the Spurs played the game and it isn’t likely to come out soon. Against the Grizzlies, it will be close but they need to contain Ja Morant but there is not many players that are capable of slowing him down.
Players to watch: D. DeRozan SG 28 GP 28 GS 33.9 MIN 20.7 PTS 0.6 OR 4.9 DR 5.4 REB 4.7 AST 0.9 STL 0.4 BLK 2.6 TO 3 PF 1.8 AST/TO 18.24 PER
Memphis Grizzlies Betting
Morant has been the leader in the NBA Rookie of the Year honors with both Duke Blue Devil rookies Zion Williamson and RJ Barret sidelined with injuries. The Memphis Grizzlies system are now centered on him and he has not disappointed with 18.2 points, 6.6 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals per night. Jaren Jackson has been the team’s next leading scorer and Dillon Brooks is their distant third option. But Jonas Valanciunas is the team’s best big man and he is still questionable in this game against the Spurs. Without him, LaMarcus Aldrige will have his way through the defense of the Grizzlies and it will free up DeMar Derozan in the process.
Players to Watch: J. Morant PG 24 GP 24 GS 29.3 MIN 18.2 PTS 0.8 OR 2.4 DR 3.2 REB 6.6 AST 1.2 STL 0.3 BLK 3.3 TO 1.8 PF 2 AST/TO 18.56 PER
San Antonio Spurs vs Memphis Grizzlies 12/23/2019 Betting Numbers
San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio are 6-13-1 ATS in their last 20 games.
Memphis are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games.
San Antonio Spurs
Andre Iguodala SF None is out indefinitely
San Antonio Spurs vs Memphis Grizzlies Betting Picks
The Grizzlies fate is dependent right now if Jonas Valanciunas will play in this game. If he does, the game will be tight to call with the Spurs earning a slight advantage on them according to Online Sports Betting. It is safe to put your bet on the Spurs and they will increase their chances if the Grizzlies center prefers to sit down the game.
Moneyline: Both the Spurs and the Grizzlies have the ML of -110 on their victories.
ATS: It is only one point that separates both teams across the spread with then Spurs having the -1 while the Grizzlies are on the other side at +1.
TOTALs: The totals of this game are at 226.5 with the Grizzlies expected to be the team over while the Spurs are over.
Score Prediction: 115 – 110 Spurs