San Antonio Spurs vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction, 12/31/2021 NBA Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: San Antonio Spurs vs Memphis Grizzlies
Date: Friday, December 31, 2021
Location: FedExForum in Memphis, TN
TV: Bally Sports SE-MEM
The San Antonio Spurs (14-19) are headed to FedExForum on Friday where they will attempt to beat the Memphis Grizzlies (22-14).
The Spurs played the Jazz and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 110-104 in their last game. When talking about fouls, the Spurs finished with 24 and the Jazz recorded 14 fouls. They buried 9 of their 31 tries from beyond the perimeter. Utah finished the game at 76.7% at the charity stripe by knocking down 23 of 30 attempts. On top of that, Utah collected 48 rebounds (7 offensive, 41 defensive) and had 3 blocks. Utah dished out 55 dimes and had 19 steals for the game. When it comes to defense, San Antonio allowed their opponent to shoot 45.3% from the floor on 39 of 86 shooting. They also dished out 26 assists for this game while forcing 4 turnovers and getting 8 steals. With regard to rebounding, they compiled 44 with 9 of them being of the offensive sort. At the free throw line, the Spurs made 4 of 9 attempts for a rate of 44.4%. San Antonio ended the contest having earned a 45.0% FG percentage (45 of 100) and knocked down 10 out of their 30 three-point attempts.
Derrick White is one guy who was a factor for the game. White finished shooting 50.0% from the floor and earned 8 dimes. He played 35 minutes played and pulled down 2 rebounds. He totaled 21 points on 8 out of 16 shooting.
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San Antonio will play this game with a win-loss record of 14-19 on the campaign. They cough up possession 12.7 times per contest and as a squad they commit 17.4 fouls per contest. As a team, San Antonio is collecting 45.9 boards per game and has 942 dimes so far this year, which is 3rd in the league in terms of passing the ball. The Spurs are hitting 36.0% on shots beyond the perimeter (356 of 989) and 73.0% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 111.5 points per game (4th in the league) while hitting 47.1% from the floor.
Defensively, the Spurs are able to force 14.5 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.5 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 10th in the league in giving up assists with 782 surrendered for the campaign. The Spurs defense is giving up an opponent FG percentage of 46.0% (1,373 of 2,983) and they relinquish 46.1 rebounds per game as a group. They are relinquishing 35.7% on shots from distance and they rank 22nd in the NBA in PPG allowed (109.8).
When they last stepped on the court, the Grizzlies took home the win by a final score of 104-99 when they faced the Lakers. The Grizzlies snagged 30 defensive boards and 13 offensive rebounds totaling 43 for the game. They also coughed up the ball 12 times, while getting 13 steals in this game. The Lakers had 18 personal fouls for the contest which took the Grizzlies to the free throw line for 29 attempts. They were able to convert 24 of those for a rate of 82.8%. In the matter of three-point attempts, Memphis made 10 of their 30 attempts (33.3%). When the game finished, the Grizzlies shot 35 out of 85 from the floor which had them shooting 41.2%. The Grizzlies permitted the Lakers to bury 39 out of their 86 tries from the field which had them sitting at 45.3% for the matchup. They shot 36.6% from distance by shooting 15 out of 41 and finished the contest at 6 out of 8 at the free throw line (75.0%). Regarding how they cleaned up the glass, Memphis permitted Los Angeles to snag 32 in all (7 on the offensive glass).
Ja Morant ended up having an impact for the Grizzlies in this matchup. Morant had 41 points in his 36 minutes on the court and accumulated 2 dimes for the game. He knocked down 13 out of 27 for this game for a field goal rate of 48.1%, and tallied 10 rebounds.
Memphis has a mark of 22-14 for the season. The Grizzlies commit 19.2 fouls every game and they hit 75.9% from the free throw line. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 24.9 times per game (9th in the league) and they cough up possession 13.6 times per contest. Memphis has accounted for 3,993 points on the season (110.9 per contest) and they pull in 47.2 boards per game. On the offensive side of the court, the Grizzlies are hitting on 45.1% from the field, which ranks 19th in the NBA.
The Memphis defense gives up 37.3% on shots from 3-point land (470 of 1,261) and opponents are making 77.8% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have conceded 24.9 dimes and 42.6 total boards per game, ranking them 24th and 5th in basketball. The Grizzlies are ranked 18th in basketball in PPG given up with 108.3. They are forcing 15.8 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 45.7% from the field (18th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take San Antonio
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