Southwest Division foes will battle when the Memphis Grizzlies (11-19) square off with the San Antonio Spurs (11-17) at FedExForum. The Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 226.5 points with San Antonio opening as a 1-point favorite. Action gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, December 23, 2019, and it can be seen on Fox Sports – Southeast.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Memphis Grizzlies ATS Preview
The Spurs got blown out by the Los Angeles Clippers in their last matchup, 134-109. They failed to cover as 6.5-point underdogs. With 24 points on 9-for-14 shooting, DeMar DeRozan led San Antonio in scoring. Los Angeles held the Spurs to an offensive rebounding percentage of 11.8 (below their season average of 21.7). San Antonio, meanwhile, did a great job of making free throws (15-19; 78.9 percent). The two teams combined to put up 243 points, which finished well over the projected point total of 226.
In the Grizzlies’ last game, they beat the Sacramento Kings, 119-115, as 2-point underdogs. Memphis was lifted by Jae Crowder, who put up 17 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. The Grizzlies made 24 of their 29 free throws (82.8 percent) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.572 (above their season average of 0.521). The two clubs collectively scored 234 points, which was over the O/U total of 221.5.
It could be a difficult game for Memphis on the offensive glass. The Grizzlies are among the league’s elite on the offensive glass, ranking 20th in offensive rebounding percentage at 21.9 percent. Meanwhile, San Antonio ranks fourth in the league at corralling defensive rebounds with a defensive rebounding percentage of 78.9 percent.
Of San Antonio’s 28 games, 16 have finished over the O/U total, while 15 of Memphis’ 30 games have finished over the O/U total. Both teams have middling straight up (SU) records (11-17 for San Antonio; 11-19 for Memphis), but the Grizzlies have the advantage against the spread (ATS). Memphis is 14-16 ATS, while the Spurs are 7-19-2.
These two teams have already met once this season. The two teams combined for 222 points in that game, which was just under the projected point total of 223.5. The Grizzlies won 113-109, covering as 11-point underdogs. The Grizzlies played a perfect game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 20.5 and a turnover percentage of 10.3. For those same stats, the Spurs had marks of 15.6 and 11.8, respectively. Rudy Gay had a standout performance with 18 points and eight rebounds.
San Antonio Spurs at Memphis Grizzlies Betting Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Grizzlies, ATS Winner – Grizzlies, O/U – Over
San Antonio ranks seventh in blocks per game (5.9) while Memphis ranks 27th in blocks allowed per game (5.9).
Memphis ranks 20th in three pointers attempted per game (32.3) while San Antonio ranks last (26.5).
The Grizzlies rank 17th in second chance points per game (13.0) while the Spurs rank 27th (11.8).
San Antonio is 3-7-2 ATS on the road, while Memphis is 8-9 ATS at home.
Memphis is 4-1 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under in its last five games.
Across its last five games, San Antonio is 2-2-1 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under.
The Grizzlies have outscored opponents by an average of 3.4 points in their last five games. On the season, Memphis has lost by an average of 5.4 points.
During their last five games, the Spurs have scored an average of 112.8 points per game (0.9 above their season average) and allowed an average of 116.8 points per game (1.1 above their season average).