Memphis Grizzlies are still in the last playoff position in the West. However, several teams are dangerously close behind, including Portland Trail Blazers who beat them in their first game of the NBA Restart. Another team that’s set the eyes on the 8th place in the West is San Antonio Spurs, which promises a lot of entertainment in the Grizzlies vs Spurs game this weekend.
- Date: August 2, 2020
- Time: 4 p.m. (Eastern Time)
- Venue: Visa Athletic Center in Disney World, Orlando
- How to Watch: NBA TV, ABC, TNT, and ESPN
Grizzlies vs Spurs Moneyline Odds
|Memphis Grizzlies||San Antonio Spurs|
Battle for NBA Playoffs
Both teams in the Grizzlies vs Spurs are equally priced by the bookmakers, suggesting that this is going to be a close game. Not only are the two similar in terms of player quality, but both teams are chasing the playoffs.
At the moment, Grizzlies are in the 8th position in the Western Conference, the last one that leads to the NBA Playoffs. However, Spurs aren’t far behind, with just four wins less, as well as two games fewer.
Another fact giving Spurs the hope that they could overtake the Grizzlies’ spot is that the team from Memphis has a pretty tough schedule. Grizzlies will have to play such heavyweights as Raptors and Bucks before the end of the season.
22nd Straight Postseason for the Spurs?
San Antonio Spurs have a chance to qualify for the postseason for the 22nd time in a row. The biggest obstacle on the road to the playoffs is the absence of their arguably best defensive player LaMarcus Aldridge.
Nevertheless, even without their starting power forward, Spurs did well in their first game of the NBA Restart when they beat Sacramento Kings.
Still, even in that game, we saw Spurs struggling with defending. It’s been like that for the most part of the season. On the bright side, they’ve been terrific on the offense, led by DeMar DeRozan with 22.2 points per game.
Young Guns to the Rescue
With an average age of 24, Grizzlies are the youngest team in the NBA, as well as just one of eight teams in the league with an average age of under 25. Despite being young, they great against much more experienced teams on many occasions this season.
Their crucial player this season has been the rookie point guard Ja Morant, who’s been averaging 17.7 points per game, as well as 7.0 assists. Even though he’s only 20 years old, he’s been scoring and making more assists than any other player in the team.
Grizzlies hoped their playoff efforts would be easier with the addition of 24-year-old Justise Winslow who had spent almost four years in Miami Heat. Unfortunately, he suffered a hip injury in the Orlando bubble, which is going to delay his Grizzlies debut for the next season.
Grizzlies vs Spurs Prediction & Pick
Even though Spurs aren’t having a vintage season, they still have a chance to salvage it. They’ve started the NBA Restart with a decent performance and if they continue playing like that, they have every right to hope for a spot in the playoffs.
- San Antonio Spurs (-110)