The Memphis Grizzlies travel to the AT&T Center to take on the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night.
The Memphis Grizzlies have really struggled so far this season with just two wins in their first 11 games and they will be hoping for a better performance after getting thrashed by the Lakers in a 134-107 road loss on Tuesday. Santi Aldama led the team with 24 points on nine of 15 shooting off the bench, David Roddy added 17 points while Desmond Bane and Xavier Tillman scored 15 points each. As a team, the Grizzlies shot just 36 percent from the field and 20 of 53 from the 3-point line, but they were just never in the contest after allowing 74 points in the first half alone. Jaren Jackson Jr. had a rough game of just eight points on three of 16 shooting, while Marcus Smart went down with an injury in the first quarter.
San Antonio Spurs
Meanwhile, the San Antonio Spurs have been in poor form as they are now looking to snap a seven-game slide after falling short against the Kings in a 129-120 loss last night. Zach Collins led the team with 28 points, eight rebounds and five assists on 10 of 14 shooting, Victor Wembanyama tallied 27 points with nine rebounds on 12 of 26 shooting while Keldon Johnson chipped in with 21 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. As a team, the Spurs shot 47 percent from the field and 15 of 36 from the 3-point line as they kept pace with the Kings in a close contest, until the Kings closed the final 5:24 on a 18-9 run to pull away from them in the end.
The Grizzlies are severely shorthanded with Ja Morant, Xavier Tillman, Luke Kennard and now Marcus Smart all out, while the Spurs have ruled out Devin Vassell and Tre Jones. The Grizzlies were already doing it tough before Smart went down with injury, so I can only imagine that things will get worse here, so I'm looking at the Spurs to take advantage. Yes, the Spurs are playing this one on zero days' rest, but they were more than competitive last night against the red-hot Kings and I think they can get over the hump and get the win if they start half as well as they did last night.