Memphis Grizzlies vs. San Antonio Spurs - 11/22/13
San Antonio Spurs (10-1) at Memphis Grizzlies (7-5)
NBA Basketball: Friday, November 22, 2013 at 8:00 pm (FedExForum)
The Line: Memphis Grizzlies +1 -- Over/Under: 186 See the Latest Odds
A couple of old foes meet tonight when the San Antonio Spurs collide with the Memphis Grizzlies.
It should come as no surprise that the Spurs have been running through opponents to start the season, but eight straight wins is still impressive. On Wednesday night against the Celtics, Tony Parker led the team with 19 points and Tim Duncan added 13 points before sitting out the entire fourth quarter as coach Popovich emptied the bench. The first half of the game was actually close, but Kawhi Leonard's 16 points, eight rebounds and five steals ignited the Spurs in the second half to pull away from the Celtics. With the win, San Antonio improves to 10-1 on the season overall and 5-0 at home.
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Meanwhile, the Grizzlies have been in fine form themselves as they come into this game off the back of an 88-81 overtime win over the Warriors. Zach Randolph led all scorers with 21 points and 12 rebounds while Marc Gasol added 18 points and 11 rebounds, but it was Mike Conley who delivered in the overtime period to lift the Grizzlies to 7-5 on the season. Speaking of delivering, no one was more clutch than Tayshaun Prince who finished with just eight points on the night, but hit two of the most important clutch shots in the game, including a buzzer beater which gave the Grizzlies a five-point lead with 0:24 left in the game.
In ATS trends, the Spurs are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following an ATS loss and 0-4 ATS in their last four games against a team with a winning record, while the Grizzlies are 3-0-1 ATS in their last four games overall but just 1-6 ATS in their last seven home games.
Head to head, the Spurs are 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings in Memphis.
The Spurs have been taking care of business lately, but of their last eight wins, only two have come against teams with winning records. With Z-Bo back in double-double form, the Grizzlies will present the Spurs with their toughest challenge of the season and I just get the feeling that the home team can give their fans a win tonight.