Southwest Division foes will collide when the Memphis Grizzlies (23-34) go head-to-head with the San Antonio Spurs (32-26) at FedExForum. The Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 208.5 points with San Antonio opening as a 4-point favorite. Action begins at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, and it can be seen on Fox Sports – Southeast.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Memphis Grizzlies Odds Preview
In the Spurs’ last contest, they were blown out by the Utah Jazz, 125-105. They were unable to cover as 8-point underdogs. San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge contributed 15 points and 10 rebounds in the contest. Utah held the Spurs to an offensive rebounding percentage of 10.4 (below their season average of 21.4). San Antonio, meanwhile, did a terrific job of converting from the charity stripe (18-20; 90.0 percent). The two teams combined to put up 230 points, which finished over the O/U total of 219.5.
The Grizzlies hope to keep it rolling after defeating the New Orleans Pelicans in their last matchup, 99-90, as 1-point underdogs. With 19 points on 8-for-14 shooting, Joakim Noah led Memphis in scoring. The Grizzlies forced 15 turnovers and held the Pelicans to an effective field goal percentage of 0.430 (below their season average of 0.535). The two squads combined to score 189 points, which was well under the O/U total of 214.5.
Half-court execution will be of utmost importance when two of the league’s slowest-paced teams go head-to-head. Memphis currently ranks 30th in possessions per game (97.6) and San Antonio is 23rd (100.7). Additionally, the Spurs commit the second-fewest errors in the NBA (turnover percentage of 12.2 percent), while the disruptive defense of the Grizzlies causes the third-most (opponents’ turnover percentage of 15.3 percent).
These two teams are complete opposites in terms of the O/U total. Games including San Antonio have finished over 60.3 percent of the time, while 63.2 percent of Memphis games have finished under. The Spurs hold a sizable advantage in terms of straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records. They are 32-26 SU and 31-26-1 ATS, while the Grizzlies are 23-34 SU and 25-31-1 ATS.
These two teams have met three times already this season, with the Grizzlies leading the series two games to one. Marc Gasol scored a game-high 26 points in the most recent matchup, in which the Grizzlies beat the Spurs 96-86, covering as 2.5-point underdogs. He also recorded 14 rebounds. The two teams combined to put up 182 points, which was 24 points below the projected point total of 206 points. The Grizzlies played a nearly perfect game. They had a phenomenally low turnover percentage of 8.3 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.456. The Spurs were 12.3 and 0.428, respectively, for those same stats.
Memphis ranks eighth in points off turnovers per game (18.0) while San Antonio ranks 27th (14.6).
San Antonio ranks 22nd in rebounds per game (44.1) while Memphis ranks 29th (40.5).
The Grizzlies rank fifth in second chance points allowed per game (11.6) while the Spurs rank 11th (12.8).
Memphis is 14-14 ATS at home, while San Antonio is 13-15-1 ATS on the road.
Memphis is 3-1-1 ATS with 4 unders and 1 over in its last five games.
Across its last five outings, San Antonio is 0-5 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under.
The Grizzlies’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 1.4, down from 3.1 for the season.
During their last five games, the Spurs have scored an average of 110.0 points per game (2.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 125.6 points per game (14.2 above their season average).