WHO: Memphis Grizzlies (31-22, 16-9 home) vs. San Antonio Spurs (39-11, 20-5 road)
WHERE: FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee
WHEN: 8:30 PM CT
HOW TO WATCH/LISTEN: TNT/92.9 FM ESPN Memphis
San Antonio- Pau Gasol (Out, Finger), LaMarcus Aldridge (Probable, Knee)
PROBABLE STARTING LINEUPS:
Memphis- Mike Conley, Tony Allen, Chandler Parsons, JaMychal Green, Marc Gasol
San Antonio- Tony Parker, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Dewayne Dedmon
The Memphis Grizzlies are about to have a big opportunity on a national stage to pick up a big win.
Kawhi Leonard and Gregg Popovich bring the division-leading Spurs into town as the Grizz look to pick up their fifth win in six games. When these two teams get together, it’s almost always a good one, and the Grizzlies have matched up somewhat favorably with the Spurs over the past several seasons.
Match-up to Watch: JaMychal Green vs. LaMarcus Aldridge
J-Myke is coming off one of the best games he’s ever played, and will get to go head-to-head with a guy that is his opposite from a skill perspective.
Aldridge is one of the smoothest post players in the NBA. He can post up high or low, and is very dangerous in the pick-and-roll/pop. He’s not overly athletic though, and that’s where Green could have an advantage.
Green is an energy-oriented floor spacer that can take slower players to school, as Gorgui Dieng found out on Saturday night. If Green can get going to anywhere near the level he was against the Wolves, Aldridge could have a long night and the Grizz could have a very good one.
Key to Victory for Memphis: Beat Them Up
The Grit-N-Grind mantra is one that saw great levels of success for Memphis against the Spurs’ style.
With the 3rd-best scoring defense in the league, Memphis could repeat their past success in this game. On the big stage with the Forum rocking, you have to believe the team will feed off of it.
If the Grizzlies can wear down the Spurs, thus discouraging the smooth, free-flowing offense that they run, they could take it to San Antonio.
The Spurs have put together one of the best franchises that sports has ever seen. In this first match-up of the season, Memphis will likely have their hands full.
I expect this to be a great game, but one that Memphis will be fired up for. And their play will come out and show that. The Grizzlies have thrived against the NBA’s elite so far this season and Coach Fizdale seems to have the method to win these types of games.
This will be a throwback, smash-mouth Grizzlies performance in a slow-paced victory for the home team.
Memphis 101, San Antonio 94