San Antonio hosts conference rival Memphis
Memphis Grizzlies (41-27, second in the Western Conference) vs. San Antonio Spurs (18-51, 14th in the Western Conference)
San Antonio; Friday, 8 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Keldon Johnson and the San Antonio Spurs host Jaren Jackson Jr. and the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Spurs have gone 2-11 against division opponents. San Antonio ranks fourth in the Western Conference with 11.9 offensive rebounds per game led by Charles Bassey averaging 2.1.
The Grizzlies are 9-2 against opponents from the Southwest Division. Memphis ranks third in the NBA with 47 rebounds per game led by Jackson averaging 6.6.
The teams square off for the fourth time this season. The Grizzlies won 135-129 in the last matchup on Jan. 12. Ja Morant led the Grizzlies with 38 points, and Johnson led the Spurs with 24 points.
TOP PERFORMERS: Johnson is averaging 21.7 points for the Spurs. Devonte’ Graham is averaging 14 points and 4.1 assists over the past 10 games for San Antonio.
Jackson is averaging 17 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.1 blocks for the Grizzlies. Desmond Bane is averaging 2.2 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Memphis.
LAST 10 GAMES: Spurs: 4-6, averaging 112.8 points, 45.2 rebounds, 27.2 assists, 6.3 steals and 4.3 blocks per game while shooting 46.4% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 119 points per game.
Grizzlies: 6-4, averaging 114.1 points, 42.5 rebounds, 26.4 assists, 8.2 steals and 4.5 blocks per game while shooting 46.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 110.6 points.
INJURIES: Spurs: Keita Bates-Diop: day to day (achilles), Khem Birch: out (knee), Charles Bassey: out (patella).
Grizzlies: Vince Williams Jr.: out (shoulder), Steven Adams: out (knee), Brandon Clarke: out for season (achilles), Jake LaRavia: out (back).
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.