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San Antonio visits Memphis following Morant’s 41-point showing

December 30, 2021 GMT

San Antonio Spurs (14-19, 10th in the Western Conference) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (22-14, fourth in the Western Conference)

Memphis, Tennessee; Friday, 8 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Memphis hosts the San Antonio Spurs after Ja Morant scored 41 points in the Grizzlies’ 104-99 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Grizzlies are 18-9 against Western Conference opponents. Memphis is seventh in the Western Conference shooting 34.6% from deep, led by Yves Pons shooting 100.0% from 3-point range.

The Spurs are 8-14 in conference games. San Antonio ranks sixth in the Western Conference with 35.2 defensive rebounds per game led by Dejounte Murray averaging 7.2.

TOP PERFORMERS: Tyus Jones is averaging 7.3 points and 4.1 assists for the Grizzlies. Desmond Bane is averaging 19.7 points over the last 10 games for Memphis.

Murray is averaging 17.8 points, 8.4 rebounds, 8.8 assists and two steals for the Spurs. Keldon Johnson is averaging 2.7 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for San Antonio.

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LAST 10 GAMES: Grizzlies: 7-3, averaging 112.4 points, 46.3 rebounds, 23.5 assists, 10.9 steals and 4.7 blocks per game while shooting 45.4% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 103.9 points per game.

Spurs: 6-4, averaging 120.6 points, 49.1 rebounds, 30.4 assists, 7.2 steals and 4.8 blocks per game while shooting 48.3% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 113.4 points.

INJURIES: Grizzlies: Jarrett Culver: out (health protocols), Sam Merrill: out (ankle), Dillon Brooks: out (health and safety protocols), Santi Aldama: out (calf), Ziaire Williams: out (ankle), Yves Pons: out (health and safety protocols), De’Anthony Melton: out (health and safety protocols).

Spurs: Dejounte Murray: out (health and safety protocols), Devontae Cacok: out (health and safety protocols), Zach Collins: out (ankle).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.