Memphis (40-31) at San Antonio (54-16)
When: Thursday, March 23rd 2017
Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
Time: 8:35 ET | TV: FSN Southeast, FSN Southwest
Two teams looking to improve their seeding for an upcoming playoff run square off for the second time in a week when the San Antonio Spurs host the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday night. The Spurs, who are 2.5 games back of the Warriors for the top spot in the West, begin a stretch of seven home games in their next eight games. The Cavaliers and Warriors are apart of that stretch next week at AT&T Center. San Antonio overcame a double-digit deficit on Tuesday to upend the Minnesota Timberwolves 100-93 to gain their second consecutive win after two straight setbacks. The concern over the health of power forward LaMarcus Aldridge has eased after he scored 26 points against Minnesota. Aldridge missed two games due to a heart arrhythmia issue but has scored at least 18 points in all four games since he returned and he is averaging 21.0 during the stretch. All-Star small forward Kawhi Leonard scored 22 points against the Timberwolves and has reached 20 or more points in 15 of the past 18 games.
The Grizzlies are competing with the Oklahoma City Thunder for the sixth seed in the West but saw a four-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday when they suffered a 95-82 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. The way things are shaping up, the Grizzlies could play the Spurs in the first round of the playoffs unless they overtake the Thunder down the stretch. They do play Oklahoma City on April 5th, but also have to get through San Antonio twice and Golden State before that matchup. Memphis averaged 104.5 points during the four-game winning streak but were no match for the Pelicans as they were held to 82. Gasol had only 10 points on 5-of-13 shooting and point guard Mike Conley (16 points on 6-of-14 shooting) and backup power Zach Randolph (four points on 2-of-11 shooting) also had poor efforts. The Grizzlies are 2-0 against Spurs this season, including a 104-96 victory last Saturday.
Memphis has already proven they can compete against the Spurs and the Grizzlies are playing a little better right now. The Spurs haven’t covered the spread against a team from their own division in the last six tries. I’ll take the points in this one.
Pick: Grizzlies +8
HEAD TO HEAD
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