San Antonio Spurs vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction, 5/19/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: San Antonio Spurs vs Memphis Grizzlies
Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Location: FedExForum in Memphis, TN
Odds/Point Spread: San Antonio (+4)
The Memphis Grizzlies (38-34) play the San Antonio Spurs (33-39) at FedExForum on Wednesday in a Western Conference Play-In game. The odds on this matchup have Memphis as 4-point favorites. The O/U is set at 224.5.
The San Antonio Spurs stepped onto the hardwood against the Phoenix Suns and took a loss by a score of 123-121 in their last game. San Antonio walked away from the contest with a 51.0% FG percentage (50 out of 98) and buried 7 out of their 24 shots from 3-point land. At the free throw line, the Spurs converted 14 of their 19 tries for a percentage of 73.7%. In regard to rebounding, they compiled a total of 46 with 11 of them being offensive. They also doled out 30 assists in this contest in addition to forcing the other team into 8 turnovers and earning 5 steals. Regarding defense, San Antonio let their opponent shoot 51.0% from the floor on 53 of 104 shooting. Phoenix totaled 36 assists and had 7 steals for the contest. Additionally, Phoenix snagged 48 boards (10 offensive, 38 defensive) and had 5 blocked shots. Phoenix finished the game at 100.0% when shooting free throws by knocking down 4 of their 4 tries. They also made 13 out of their 35 attempts from long range.
DeMar DeRozan is one player who came through in the game. He accounted for 23 points on 8 of 14 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 25:24 minutes and totaled 3 rebounds. DeRozan walked away from this one shooting 57.1% from the floor and also dished out 4 dimes. One more player that was a factor in this game for the Spurs was Jakob Poeltl. He pulled down 10 rebounds in his 29:52 minutes on the hardwood. He finished the game at 57.1% from the field for the matchup by going 8-of-14 (17 points). When the final whistle was blown, Poeltl wasn't able to get a dime.
San Antonio comes into this game with a win-loss mark of 33-39 so far this season. They average 111.1 pts per game (20th in the league) while going 46.2% from the floor. The Spurs are connecting on 35.0% on shots beyond the perimeter (716 of 2,046) and 79.2% from the charity stripe. As a team, San Antonio is pulling in 43.9 boards per game and has 1,759 dimes on the season, which ranks 16th in the league in terms of passing the rock. They are losing possession via turnover 11.4 times per game and as a unit they are committing 18.0 personal fouls per contest. When they are on the defensive end, the Spurs are forcing their opponents into 13.2 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.6 fouls. They concede 37.7% from beyond the arc and they rank 19th in the league in points per game allowed (112.8). The Spurs defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 47.2% (949 of 1,338) and they relinquish 47.4 boards per contest as a team. They are 14th in the NBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,784 surrendered this season.
When they last played, the Memphis Grizzlies took a defeat with a final score of 113-101 against the Golden State Warriors. The Grizzlies pulled down 27 defensive boards and 12 offensive rebounds for a total of 39 in this game. They turned the ball over 12 times, while earning 12 steals in this contest. The Warriors committed 19 personal fouls for the contest which took the Grizzlies to the free throw line for 19 tries. They were able to convert 15 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 78.9%. In the matter of 3-point shots, Memphis buried 6 of their 25 attempts (24.0%). Overall, the Grizzlies shot 40 for 92 from the floor which had them at 43.5%. The Grizzlies allowed the Warriors to convert 41 of their 83 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 49.4% in this matchup. They finished shooting 38.5% from downtown by shooting 15 of 39 and finished the game at 16 out of 18 at the charity stripe (88.9%). Regarding attacking the glass, Memphis permitted Golden State to snag 46 in total (12 on the offensive glass).
Jonas Valanciunas ended up being a major contributor for the Grizzlies in this game. He converted 12 out of 15 for the matchup giving him a rate of 80.0%, and accounted for 16 rebounds. Valanciunas tallied 29 points in his 35:30 mins of playing time and had 1 assist in this matchup. An additional guy who was a determining factor for Memphis was Dillon Brooks. He accumulated 6 assists in 29:55 minutes on the court, and he converted 6 out of 14 from the floor. Brooks walked away from this one going 42.9% from the field while collecting 18 points and 2 rebounds.
Memphis has a record of 38-34 on the season. The Grizzlies are committing 18.7 fouls every game and they hit 77.1% from the charity stripe. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 26.9 times per game (4th in the NBA) and they are turning it over 13.3 times per contest. Memphis has 8,157 pts on the year (113.3 per contest) and they pull in 46.5 boards per contest. When it comes to executing on offense, the Grizzlies are hitting on 46.7% from the field, which has them ranked 18th in the league. The Grizzlies on the defensive end are ranked 16th in the NBA in PPG given up with 112.3. They are forcing 14.8 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 46.2% from the floor (11th in the NBA). The Memphis defense gives up 36.7% on shots from distance (926 of 2,526) and their opponents are connecting on 78.8% of their free throw shots. They have conceded 25.4 assists and 44.7 rebounds every game, which is ranked 19th and 18th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take San Antonio (+4)
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