Morant, Memphis set for matchup against San Antonio

March 16, 2023 GMT

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: Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies take on the San Antonio Spurs. Morant ranks ninth in the league scoring 27.1 points per game.

The Spurs are 2-11 in division play. San Antonio is fifth in the NBA with 27.0 assists per game. Tre Jones leads the Spurs averaging 6.2.

The Grizzlies are 9-2 against opponents in the Southwest Division. Memphis is 3-6 in one-possession games.

The teams play for the fourth time this season. The Grizzlies won the last matchup 135-129 on Jan. 12, with Morant scoring 38 points in the victory.

TOP PERFORMERS: Keldon Johnson is averaging 21.7 points for the Spurs. Devonte’ Graham is averaging 14.0 points over the last 10 games for San Antonio.

Tyus Jones is scoring 10.2 points per game and averaging 2.3 rebounds for the Grizzlies. Desmond Bane is averaging 19.2 points and 5.3 rebounds 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 119.0 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: out (achilles), Khem Birch: out (knee), Jeremy Sochan: out (rest), Devin Vassell: out (rest), Charles Bassey: out (patella), Zach Collins: out (rest).

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.