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Memphis/San Antonio Game Preview

   by ASA - 01/28/2010

Memphis vs. San Antonio



New Grizzlies



The Grizzlies were an afterthought to begin the season. They started 1-8 and didn’t show much promise. But with their win @Detroit on Wednesday, they snapped a three game road losing streak and have now surpassed their road win total from a year ago (8). They are arguably the hottest team in the NBA right now, winning 15 of their last 19 games (14-4-1 ATS).



They have a young, talented mix of players in their starting line-up. All five players average double-digits with “veteran” 29 year-old Zach Randolph leading the way with 21 ppg. They have a chance to make a big statement on the road on Friday. They are just a game behind the Spurs for playoff positioning and although the postseason is months away, this would be a huge win for the youthful Grizzlies.



Sputtering Spurs



San Antonio ended their mini-losing streak on Wednesday night against the Hawks. They had lost five of their previous six including three straight home games. The Spurs offense has sputtered lately and they can’t afford to get into a shootout against the high-octane Grizzlies. They have made less than 43.5% of their field goals in each of the past seven games and average 94.8 ppg in those seven games.



More bad news for the Spurs: Point guard Tony Parker left in the 3rd quarter with an ankle injury. Parker is listed as day-to-day but don’t expect him to play on Friday. “Tony said it wasn't so bad, but he will probably miss a couple of games,” said Manu Ginobili, one of three Spurs who will be asked to fill in at the point until the All-NBA guard returns. X-rays taken at the arena were negative, but a timetable for Parker's return won't be established until he is re-examined by the team's medical staff.



Previous Meeting



These two met in Memphis just 13 days ago. Memphis was a slight favorite at home (-1.5) and they played well enough to get a slim six point victory. The defenses dominated as San Antonio shot just 41.4% and Memphis finished slightly better at 43.4%.



Memphis’ main edge was that they made 10 more free throws and had a +7 rebounding edge. Memphis has had recent troubles visiting the Spurs, where they are 0-4 SU and 1-3-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in San Antonio.



Trends:



We mentioned above how the Grizzlies are one of the hottest teams in the NBA right now, well their ATS record confirms that. Memphis is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games and 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall. On the contrary, San Antonio has struggled lately and their ATS record confirms that as well. They are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and also 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.



In head-to-head meetings; the favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the home team is 7-3-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings.

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