SAN ANTONIO SPURS (49-10) vs. MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES (33-28)
|SPURS||Manu Ginobili 18.2||Tim Duncan 9.2||Tony Parker 6.6|
|GRIZZLIES||Zach Randolph 20.2||Zach Randolph 13.1||Mike Conley 6.5|
The San Antonio Spurs tied a franchise record 21 straight home wins by defeating the Memphis Grizzlies 95-88 last Sunday. Both teams will face again tonight at the FedEx Forum as the Spurs (49-10) tries to equal their win total from last season and extend their current winning streak to four games.
The Grizzlies (33-28) will definitely be a tougher team playing on their home floor where they are 20-8 this season.
Tony Parker will be out for this game because of a calf injury he suffered on Sunday. That means George Hill will likely be the Spurs' starting point guard until Parker returns and Manu Ginobili might play extra minutes with the backcourt being short-handed.
The Grizzlies are still in 8th place in the Western Conference just half a game over the Phoenix Suns.
Hit the jump for the keys of the game and find out which team will win this matchup.
KEYS TO THE GAME
Offense -- Pound it on the inside. That is the key to most Grizzlies win, it was effective last Sunday and they should use it again to take advantage of the Spurs' frontline but they still need enough offensive production from Mayo and Conley to beat the Spurs.
Defense -- Prevent Ginobili from beating them on offense. Contain Duncan and Blair on the inside and cover the the Spurs' outside shooters.
Spurs -- Tony Parker - calf injury (out), Tim Duncan - ankle (day-to-day), Tiago Splitter - strained hamstring (day-to-day), Gary Neal - concussion (day-to-day)
Grizzlies -- Rudy Gay - dislocated shoulder (out)
PREDICTION: The Grizzlies seem to matchup well against the Spurs and this could be their best chance to beat the league leaders on their home floor. Nonetheless, the Spurs are a veteran team and will continue to find ways to win ball games. This will a tough battle for the Spurs but should have enough tricks to get the win 88-85.
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Thanks for the comment and read everyone. I got it wrong this time, we loss the game by a mile but I still think we can sustain our momentum even with Parker out. But we will really need him in the post season.
This should be a good game. If the Spurs can protect the paint and control the rebounds I don't see us losing this game. Let's win this and get 50! Go Spurs Go!
This will be agood test for the Spurs, the Grizzlies has really played well against us and if we can win this one I think we'll be fine the rest of the way and be a lot stronger when TP comes back!
i think this will be a tough, but close win for us, even with Parker out. as i mentioned before, i love the depth we have. GO SPURS GO!!!
Parker is a tough loss but the Spurs should survive the season with the number 1 seed even without him but the playoffs is a different story, we need a healthy Parker to be a serious title contender. I think we can win this game and it will be close.
I've been an avid reader here at Project Spurs but I am one of those silent type of guy that never comments. Now that my favorite Spur was injured, I guess it's time to voice out my opinion about the Spurs. I agree that we have enough depth at the backcourt and might be able to win games on short term but for us to win the title we need Tony Parker to be back healthy. Right now we will need all the wins we can get I hope you are right with your prediction Robby. You guys here are really doing a great great job! GO! SPURS! GO!
I think this will really be tough specially with TP being injured but I believe the other guys will step up! I'm confident in what George Hill can do as the team's starting PG. Go Spurs Go!
I enjoy reading your game previews, you almost always hit it on the nail. I hope you are right about this game. The Spurs will need every win from here on out as Parker is out with an injury.
Robby, I am beginning to question whether or not you actually sleep. =) You are always posting at all hours of the day/night! Thanks for the great dedication! Now, GO TO BED!!! =)
@AmyfromLA contrary to popular belief, I actually sleep! Thanks for the kind words. Hope to hear more from you hear at Project Spurs. Thanks for the comment and read.