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The play-in tournament has arrived in the NBA. The San Antonio Spurs finished 10th in the Western Conference standings and are on their way Wednesday against the 9th seeded Memphis Grizzlies. The winner of this game on Wednesday plays the loser of the game between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers to determine the eighth and final seed of the Western Conference.
San Antonio finished its regular season 33-39 and was third in Southwest Division 9 games behind Division Champion Dallas Mavericks. However, San Antonio stumbled to the finish line in their 72-game regular season, losing four straight and five of the last 6. San Antonio will be without Trey Lyles, Derrick White and Luka Samanic.
Memphis finished its regular season 38-34 and was number two in Southwest Division 4 games behind the Mavericks. Memphis played well down the stretch, winning five of its last six with only one loss to the Golden State Warriors in the final game of the regular season. After going through most of the season with multiple players on the injury list, Memphis will be without just Grayson Allen and Sean McDermott.
Spurs defense gives up too much
The San Antonio Spurs finished the regular season, allowing an average of 110.7 points per game, which was ninth in the NBA. However, Spurs’ defense began to fall apart. In the last four games of the regular season, San Antonio allowed 128, 102, 140 and 123 points, all of which resulted in losses. San Antonio has an average of 43.9 rebounds per game. Match, which is 18th in the league, and the leading rebounder is Jakob Poeltl with an average of 7.9 boards per. Competition. San Antonio’s defense averages 7.0 steals and 5.1 blocked shots per game. Competition with Dejounte Murray, the leader in steals, with an average of 1.5 per. Competition, and Poeltl, the resident swat champion, with an average of 1.8 blocked shots per game. Match.
San Antonio’s offense scores an average of 111.1 points per game led by DeMar DeRozan with an average of 21.6 points per game. Murray is the second leading goal scorer with an average of 15.7 points per game. San Antonio shoots only 46.2% overall and 35.0% from long range. Spurs have an average of 24.4 assists per game. Games led by DeRozan with an average of 6.9 dishes per game. Competition. With an average of 11.0 revenue per. Match, the Spurs have an NBA best 2.2 ratio to turnover ratio.
Memphis Defense gains strength
The Memphis Grizzlies allowed an average of 110.9 points per game in the regular season, but over the last six games of the regular season, 5 resulted in wins, allowing 113, 106, 110, 104, 110 and 99 points. The one loss in this group of six games was in the game the Grizzlies allowed the most points at 113. Memphis averages 46.5 rebounds per game. Match led by Jonas Valanciunas with an average of 12.5 boards per. Competition. The Grizzlies defense has an average of 9.1 steals and 5.1 blocked shots per game. Fight with Kyle Anderson, a leader in stealing, with an average of 1.2 per. Battle, and Valanciunas the resident swat commander with a team-high 0.9 blocked shots per. Match.
The Memphis offense, which averages 113.3 points per game. Fight, led by guard Yes Morant with a team height of 19.1 points per. match. Dillon Brooks is the second leading goal scorer with an average of 17.2 points per game and close is Valanciunas with an average of 17.1 points per game. Morant is also the discreet leader of Memphis with a team-high average of 7.4 assists per game. Match. Memphis has an average of 26.9 assists and 12.7 turnovers per game. Play to get an assisted ratio of 2.1.
- San Antonio is 1-4 ATS in the last five as an underdog on the road
- Spurs are 2-5-1 ATS in the last eight as underdogs overall