San Antonio Spurs
33-39
+4
-4
Memphis Grizzlies
38-34
Wed, May 19 - 7:30p ET   |   ESPN   |   FedExForum
By Landon Smith

San Antonio Spurs vs Memphis Grizzlies NBA 2021 Playoffs Preview and Free Picks

San Antonio Spurs Will Try to Get a Win When Meet Memphis Grizzlies from FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee - NBA Basketball Match Preview and Prediction Game on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.

Preview, Prediction and Picks

The San Antonio Spurs have lost four straight games and 10 of 12 while heading to the finish line in the regular season.

But looking lost and playing poorly doesn't matter now, as a second chance begins Wednesday night when the Spurs visit the Memphis Grizzlies in an NBA entry game.

And that is why the recent 32-point losses to the Utah Jazz, 22 points to the Portland Trail Blazers and 37 to the Phoenix Suns have been erased from the memory of the Spurs (33-39), who occupy the 10th position in the classification. . West.

Memphis (38-34) had a different season finale, winning five straight games before losing its regular season finale 113-101 to the Golden State Warriors.

The No. 8 position was up for grabs against Golden State before the setback that left the Grizzlies at No. 9. Being No. 8 would have left Memphis in a win-win scenario where it now has to win back-to-back contests. .

As Memphis guard Dillon Brooks sees it, this is an acceptable scenario to bring the club back to the playoffs for the first time since the 2016-17 season. The Grizzlies were in a play-in game last season and lost to the Portland Trail Blazers to not advance to the playoffs.

But it wasn't difficult for the Grizzlies when they visited San Antonio for back-to-back games on January 30 and February 1. Memphis won by an average of 24 points.

Seven players scored 14 or more points when the Grizzlies earned a 129-112 victory in Game 1 and nine players scored double digits in a 133-102 win two nights later. Replacement point guard Tyus Jones posted a career-high 14 assists for him in the last win.

San Antonio won the first meeting, a 131-119 victory over Memphis in the season opener for both teams on Dec. 23. DeRozan scored 28 points for the Spurs, while Morant recorded 44 points for the Grizzlies.

Returning to the playoffs is important for the Spurs, as the failure to make the playoffs last season ended an NBA-record streak of 22 consecutive appearances.

San Antonio is not interested in missing the playoffs for the second season in a row. The team has also posted record losses in back-to-back seasons since a four-season streak in the mid-to-late 1980s.

 

WINNER: San Antonio Spurs @ +4

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By Landon Smith, on 7:30p ET