Spurs vs. Grizzlies NBA expert prediction, pick and odds for Tuesday, April 9 (Take the points with Memphis)

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Apr 5, 2024; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Memphis Grizzlies forward Maozinha Pereira (25) reacts with Scotty Pippen Jr. (1).
Apr 5, 2024; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Memphis Grizzlies forward Maozinha Pereira (25) reacts with Scotty Pippen Jr. (1). / Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

San Antonio might be in the basement of the Western Conference, but the Spurs are in unfamiliar territory Tuesday night as a short road favorite against the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Spurs put up a fight in its double-overtime loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday and have gone 4-3 overall in their last seven games. Memphis had a season with high expectations squashed by injuries, but have won three of its last four. Can Memphis cover a short home underdog? Here’s the betting breakdown of the matchup with a best bet. 

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Spurs vs. Grizzlies odds, spread and total

Spurs vs. Grizzlies how to watch

  • Date: Tuesday, April 9
  • Game time: 8 p.m. EST
  • Venue: FedEx Forum 
  • How to watch (TV): Bally Sports
  • Spurs record: 19-59
  • Grizzlies record: 27-51

Spurs vs. Grizzlies injury report

San Antonio Spurs

  • Dominick Barlow (knee): out
  • Charles Bassey (knee): out
  • Keldon Johnson (foot): out
  • Cedi Osman (ankle): out
  • Jeremy Sochan (ankle): out
  • Devin Vassell (heat): out

Memphis Grizzlies

  • Santi Aldama (foot): out
  • Desmond Bane (lumbar): out
  • Jaren Jackson Jr. (quad): out
  • Luke Kennard (knee): out
  • John Konchar (plantar fasciitis): out
  • Jake LaRavia (ankle): doubtful

Spurs vs. Grizzlies key players to watch

San Antonio Spurs

Victor Wembanyama: Soon to be named the NBA’s Rookie of the Year, Wembanyama is showing a glimpse into the future of San Antonio’s rebuild, scoring 30-plus points in three of the last five games. He turned in a 33-point, 18-rebound double-double over 43 minutes in Sunday’s loss to Philadelphia. 

Memphis Grizzlies

Scotty Pippen Jr.: Making the most of an increased workload due to the Grizzlies’ lengthy injury report, Pippen has scored in double figures in six of his last eight outings. He’s coming off a season-high 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting in Saturday’s loss to Philadelphia. 

Spurs vs. Grizzlies prediction and pick

For just the eighth time this season, San Antonio is laying points and it’s actually been a favorable spot for the lowly Spurs.

Though it is a small sample size, San Antonio is 5-2 ATS as a favorite this season and have been great for backers in recent play. The Spurs had covered six consecutive games before going to double overtime and failing to cover as a 3.5-point underdog to Philadelphia in a 133-126 defeat. 

Obviously with Wembanyama, the Spurs are most dangerous near the rim. San Antonio is 11th in the NBA in points in the paint per game (51.2), but that plays to the strength of a defensive-minded Grizzlies squad. Memphis is 10th in the NBA in points in the paint allowed and eighth in the league against 2-point shots. 

Memphis might be vulnerable from the perimeter, but that’s not the Spurs’ style as the 28th-ranked 3-point shooting team in the NBA. The Grizzlies are 3-0 against the Spurs this season and have held San Antonio under triple digits in each of the last two meetings. Take the Grizzlies as a home underdog. 

Game odds update periodically and are subject to change.