Gameday Preview: Spurs at Grizzlies

SAN ANTONIO SPURS (49-10) vs. MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES (33-28)

TEAM LEADERS

Points Rebounds Assists
SPURS Manu Ginobili 18.2 Tim Duncan 9.2 Tony Parker 6.6
GRIZZLIES Zach Randolph 20.2 Zach Randolph 13.1 Mike Conley 6.5

Memphis_Grizzlies_logoThe San Antonio Spurs tied a franchise record 21 straight home wins by defeating the Memphis Grizzlies 95-88 last Sunday. Both teams will face again tonight at the FedEx Forum as the Spurs (49-10) tries to equal their win total from last season and extend their current winning streak to four games.

The Grizzlies (33-28) will definitely be a tougher team playing on their home floor where they are 20-8 this season.

Tony Parker will be out for this game because of a calf injury he suffered on Sunday. That means George Hill will likely be the Spurs’ starting point guard until Parker returns and Manu Ginobili might play extra minutes with the backcourt being short-handed.

The Grizzlies are still in 8th place in the Western Conference just half a game over the Phoenix Suns.

Hit the jump for the keys of the game and find out which team will win this matchup.

KEYS TO THE GAME

SPURS:

Offense — The Spurs have enough depth to win this game and with Ginobili and Duncan in the lineup the Spurs remains one of the better teams in the league. However, they could face the Grizzlies severely short-handed with Parket out and Gary Neal’s availability still undetermined.

Defense – As evident last Sunday, the bulk of Grizzlies’ offense comes from their inside game, they outscored the Spurs 48-26 on inside points. Limiting the Grizzlies inside game will always be key but the Spurs should also be wary of Memphis’ outside shooting and a backcourt that has Mike Conley and O.J. Mayo.

GRIZZLIES:

Offense — Pound it on the inside. That is the key to most Grizzlies win, it was effective last Sunday and they should use it again to take advantage of the Spurs’ frontline but they still need enough offensive production from Mayo and Conley to beat the Spurs.

Defense — Prevent Ginobili from beating them on offense. Contain Duncan and Blair on the inside and cover the the Spurs’ outside shooters.

INJURIES

Spurs — Tony Parker – calf injury (out), Tim Duncan – ankle (day-to-day), Tiago Splitter – strained hamstring (day-to-day), Gary Neal – concussion (day-to-day)

Grizzlies — Rudy Gay – dislocated shoulder (out)

PREDICTION: The Grizzlies seem to matchup well against the Spurs and this could be their best chance to beat the league leaders on their home floor. Nonetheless, the Spurs are a veteran team and will continue to find ways to win ball games. This will a tough battle for the Spurs but should have enough tricks to get the win 88-85.

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