Grizzlies vs. Spurs - 12/5/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Antonio Spurs (13-5) at Memphis Grizzlies (15-3)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 5, 2014 at 8:00 pm (FedExForum)
The Line: Memphis Grizzlies -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSW, TSOH
The San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies play Friday night at the FedExForum.
The San Antonio Spurs have won eight of their last nine games and will end a four-game road trip. On the season, the Spurs are averaging 99.6 points on 45.5 percent shooting and are allowing 93.2 points on 43.2 percent shooting. Tony Parker leads the Spurs with 16.8 points and 5.7 assists while Kawhi Leonard is averaging 14.9 points and 6.5 rebounds. Tim Duncan is averaging 14 points and 10.4 rebounds while Manu Ginobili is shooting 42.5 percent from the field. The San Antonio Spurs are finding their groove as of late but could still improve defensively, as they’ve allowed 100-plus points in three of their last five games and are allowing teams to shoot 44.3 percent from downtown in their last five games. Still, when the Spurs get hot, which they are right now, they’re tough to beat.
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The Memphis Grizzlies have won five of their last six games and will play their first home game of the month. On the season, the Grizzlies are averaging 100.2 points on 46.6 percent shooting and are allowing 93.1 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Marc Gasol is averaging 19.4 points and eight rebounds while Mike Conley is averaging 16.2 points and 6.3 assists. Gasol is questionable with an injury. Zach Randolph is grabbing 11.4 rebounds per game and Courtney Lee is shooting 53.1 percent from the field. The Memphis Grizzlies remain the best defensive team in the league, as they’re 11-2 SU this season when allowing less than 100 points and are allowing 42.6 percent shooting in their last five games. The Grizzlies are looking like a legit championship contender early on.
The Spurs are 15-5 ATS in their last 20 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Grizzlies are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Spurs are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Memphis and 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings overall.
In a pick em game, I have to go with the home team that's been playing the best basketball of anyone this season.