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Game Preview: San Antonio Spurs at Memphis Grizzlies

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The Spurs snapped the Grizzlies' four-game winning streak a few weeks ago, with a 92-82 win in San Antonio. Memphis will look to even the season series in what should be another tough road game for the Silver and Black.

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San Antonio Spurs @ Memphis Grizzlies

FedExForum, Memphis, TN
December 3 2015, 8:30 p.m. Spurs Time
TV: TNT Radio: 1200 AM WOAI

Mostly because of their blowout loss to Golden State, Memphis is the rare 11-8 team with a minus-3 net rating, a number that's surprisingly low considering the statistical crevasse they had to claw out of to start the year.

That 50-point defeat likely represents the nadir of the Grizzlies season, as they've recovered from a 3-6 start to once again grit and grind against the dying of the two-ball (a cause that, as we know, the Spurs have joined, as well).

One thing that Memphis has done well is use their physicality to get to the free-throw line. They lead the league not only in attempts per game but percentage (84%). Of course, the Spurs have been superb at keeping teams off the charity stripe, with opponents averaging less than 17 attempts a game (easily tops in the league). Something's gotta give, and we can expect a home call or two to tilt things in Memphis' favor.

The Spurs' strengths and better offensive efficiency should give them the advantage tonight, although we saw against Chicago what happens when San Antonio's bench struggles (and what a difference a Gasol makes). A road SEGABABA and the fact that San Antonio hasn't been as good away from the AT&T Center make me lean ever so slightly to a Memphis win.

Matchup to watch: The battle in the paint. Zach Randolph sat out the first game and, though he's still nursing a knee injury, the idea of four solid bigs all fighting to occupy the same small space and put a ball in a hoop is titillating. Passing out of the post (The Spurs and Grizz lead the league in post-up frequency) could be an important key to deciding who wins.

Remember when:

Note: Edited out the bit about Mario Chalmers coming over in late November and not playing in their first matchup. Was way off there.

San Antonio Spurs (15-4)

Memphis Grizzlies (11-8)

December 3, 2015

FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee

8:30 PM CST

TV: TNT

Starters

Tony Parker

PG

Mike Conley

Danny Green

SG

Tony Allen

Kawhi Leonard

SF

Jeff Green

LaMarcus Aldridge

PF

Zach Randolph

Tim Duncan

C

Marc Gasol


Game prediction: Grizzlies by 4.

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As always Tony must dominate Fisher.