Relaxation and motivation are among the greatest components when handicapping the NBA.
The Grizzlies are closing out a four-game street journey Wednesday night time after having two days off. The Spurs will play their third sport in 4 nights and the second leg of a back-to-back.
The potential return of third-leading scorer Desmond Bane ought to present one other enhance for Memphis. Bane missed three video games resulting from well being and security protocols, which had a big impact on a workforce that was already lacking Dillon Brooks and Kyle Anderson on the wing. Bane is averaging 17.7 ppg whereas taking pictures 42 % from behind the arc and it’s no shock the Grizzlies’ offense is 4.4 factors per 100 possessions higher with him on the court docket (+114.4) vs. off (110.2).
The Spurs protection permits 111.4 factors per 100 possessions, which ranks twentieth within the NBA. The Grizzlies shoot the seventh-highest frequency of field-goal makes an attempt on the rim (33.9 %) and the Spurs hand over the second-highest frequency of photographs, so anticipate the Grizzlies to assault the paint at will.
The Spurs probably will lose the possession battle as they’re the fifth-worst defensive rebounding workforce within the league, rebounding simply 27.8 % of opponent misses, whereas the Grizzlies are second in offensive rebounding (31.5 %). Anticipate the Grizzlies to outwork a drained Spurs workforce.
The play: Grizzlies, -2.5.