San Antonio Spurs vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction, 12/23/2020 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: San Antonio Spurs vs Memphis Grizzlies
Date: Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Location: FedExForum in Memphis, TN
TV: Fox Sports Southeast
Odds/Point Spread: San Antonio (+3.5)
The Memphis Grizzlies (34-39 last season) host the San Antonio Spurs (32-39 last year) at FedExForum on Wednesday. San Antonio opens this game as 3.5-point dogs. The O/U has been set at 231.5.
San Antonio will enter this matchup after finishing with a win-loss record of 32-39 last season. They turned it over 12.6 times per game and as a team committed 19.4 personal fouls per contest. As a group, San Antonio pulled in 44.6 boards per game and had 1,751 assists last season, which ranked 14th in the league in terms of passing the ball. The Spurs shot 37.6% on three-point attempts (760 of 2,021) and 81.0% from the free throw line. They averaged 114.1 pts per contest (8th in the NBA) while connecting on 47.2% from the field. On the defensive end of the court, the Spurs forced 13.2 turnovers per game and they drew 20.1 personal fouls. They were 27th in basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 1,825 relinquished last season. The Spurs gave up a shooting percentage of 46.9% (3,004 of 6,402) and they conceded 45.3 rebounds per contest as a squad. They conceded 37.3% on shots from beyond the arc while they were 25th in the NBA in PPG allowed (115.2).
The San Antonio Spurs stepped onto the hardwood against the Utah Jazz and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 118-112 in their last contest. San Antonio ended the game with a 49.4% field goal percentage (39 of 79) and converted 10 out of their 20 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the charity stripe, the Spurs knocked down 24 of 36 shots for a rate of 66.7%. In terms of getting rebounds, they collected a total of 44 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 24 assists in this game in addition to having 4 steals and 8 blocked shots. Pertaining to defending, San Antonio allowed 46.5% from the floor on 47 of 101. Utah recorded 25 dimes and 7 steals in the game. Additionally, the Jazz grabbed 43 boards (12 offensive, 31 defensive) and had 5 blocks. Utah finished the contest at 90.0% from the free throw line by making 9 of their 10 attempts. They buried 15 of 46 tries from beyond the arc.
Dejounte Murray is a guy who was a major contributor for the contest. He notched 12 points on 5 of 14 shooting. He played 36:16 and also totaled 14 boards. Murray went 35.7% from the floor and recorded 7 dimes. Another guy that saw a lot of time on the hardwood in the matchup for the Spurs was Lonnie Walker. He pulled down 3 boards and also collected 4 assists. He finished the game at 42.9% from the floor for this game via 6-of-14 (15 points). When the final whistle was blown, Walker played 34:04.
Memphis had a mark of 34-39 last year. When it comes to executing on offense, the Grizzlies connected on 46.8% from the floor, which had them ranked 7th in the NBA. Memphis totaled 8,222 points throughout last season (112.6 per game) and they pulled in 46.5 boards per contest. They dished out assists 26.9 times per contest (2nd in the NBA) and they lost possession by turning the ball over 15.2 times per contest. The Grizzlies were responsible for committing 21.2 fouls per contest and they connected on 76.3% from the free throw line. The Grizzlies on the defensive end were ranked 21st in the league in points given up per game with 113.7. They gave up 24.8 assists and 44.9 boards every game, which had them ranked 18th and 14th in those categories on the defensive end. The Memphis defense surrendered 36.5% on shots from beyond the arc (942 of 2,580) and opponents knocked down 78.2% of their free throw shots. They were able to force 14.8 TO's every game and let teams shoot 45.0% from the floor (9th in the league).
When they last stepped on the court, the Memphis Grizzlies took home the win by a final score of 119-106 when they played the Milwaukee Bucks. The Grizzlies were able to pull down 46 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive rebounds totaling 55 in the matchup. They also blocked 3 tries while getting 4 steals in the game. The Bucks earned 22 personal fouls for the matchup which took the Grizzlies to the free throw line for a total of 23 tries. They were able to knock down 16 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 69.6%. When discussing shooting from downtown, Memphis converted 13 of 33 tries (39.4%). Overall, the Grizzlies went 45 for 90 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 50.0%. The Grizzlies permitted the Bucks to bury 39 of 98 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 39.8% for the contest. They finished 31.7% from three-point range by connecting on 13 out of 41 and ended up shooting 15 out of 23 at the free throw line (65.2%). In regard to team rebounding, Memphis allowed Milwaukee to snag 45 in total (9 on the offensive glass).
Ja Morant ended up being a major contributor for the Grizzlies for the matchup. He knocked down 5 of 17 in the game for a field goal percentage of 29.4%, which had him finishing with 12 points. Morant grabbed 13 rebounds in his 34:05 of time on the court and had 10 assists for the game. Another guy that was important for Memphis was Dillon Brooks. He totaled 31 points in his 32:36 on the court by way of 12 out of 18 from the floor for the matchup. Brooks wrapped this one up going 66.7% from the floor as well as contributing 2 dimes and 2 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take San Antonio (+3.5)
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