Memphis – San Antonio
After a short break we re back tonight with another NBA free tip . Tonight s match up is in Memphis , between Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs.
Manu Ginobili is ready to play for the Spurs.
The Spurs guard, who missed the team’s first 12 games while recovering from September ankle surgery, will make his season debut tonight at Memphis, Popovich confirmed after this morning’s shootaround.
It was welcome news for Ginobili, who last week had targeted this very game for his return.
“It’s great to hear,” Ginobili said. “It’s been enough time.”
Late last week, Popovich seemed poised to deny Ginobili’s request for playing time in Memphis, saying Ginobili would play “when he’s ready.” Ginobili participated in several 5-on-5 scrimmages last week, apparently showing enough to convince Popovich he was, indeed, ready.
It isn’t clear how many minutes Ginobili might earn against the Grizzlies, buts it almost certainly won’t be many. Though he and Popovich haven’t discussed a plan, Ginobili said he will be surprised to play more than 10 or 12.
Every minute of game experience helps, he said.
“I’m going to be out of shape, a little slower,” said Ginobili. “But those are things you only get from playing. I feel like it works better for me getting 10 minutes of playing time than (spending) 20 minutes on a treadmill.”
San Antonio (6-6) is coming off a 119-94 rout of Utah on Friday, as it hit a season-high 51.9 percent from the field. Roger Mason started his seventh straight game at point guard in place of Tony Parker, who suffered a sprained left ankle Nov. 7, and scored a season-high 29 points on 10-of-17 shooting.
“I wasn’t going to go too crazy, but it was one of those nights,” said Mason, who went 7-of-10 from 3-point range. “Definitely felt good. If I had an open look, I was mad if I missed one.”
The Spurs started 8-of-9 from beyond the arc and finished at a season-best 60 percent (15-of-25). They’re shooting 40.9 percent from 3-point range and are 5-2 since Parker was injured.
Duncan averaged 23.1 points on 59.4 percent shooting in his first eight games at Memphis, but has scored just 15.5 per game and hit 44.8 percent in his last four visits.
While San Antonio tries to push its record above .500 for the first time in 2008-09, Memphis (4-9) is just looking for a win. Saturday’s 103-94 loss to the Jazz was the Grizzlies’ sixth in seven games.
O.J. Mayo led Memphis in scoring for the fifth time during this 1-6 stretch with 23 points. Mayo, the NBA’s leading rookie scorer at 20.2 points per game, is averaging 22.7 points and 4.6 rebounds in the last seven contests.
Second-year point guard Mike Conley scored 14 points for the second straight game Saturday, while adding a season-high eight assists and not committing a turnover. Memphis, however, committed 18 turnovers.
I m pretty sure Spurs will conitinue to improve and havin the experience on thier side , the result will come their way.
Tonight s free NBA sports betting tip is : Spurs -3 @ 1.90 only at BET365