NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, April 18th (All times eastern)
San Antonio Spurs (59-21) at Memphis Grizzlies (44-36), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The San Antonio Spurs will try to stay alive in the race for the top seed in the Western Conference and the best record in the league tonight, when they tangle with the playoff bound Memphis Grizzlies in the back end of a home-and-home set at FedExForum.
San Antonio trails the Phoenix Suns by two games with two to play, but would win a tiebreaker if it could get even. The Spurs won two of three meetings with the Suns this season. San Antonio finishes the season on the road against Memphis and Minnesota, while Phoenix hosts Denver tonight and travels to Sacramento on Wednesday.
The Spurs have won six of eight and nine of their last 12 games, including a 97-75 victory over these Grizzlies on Saturday at the SBC Center. Bruce Bowen scored 15 points to lead a balanced scoring attack for the Spurs in the win.
Beno Udrih netted 14 and Manu Ginobili added 13 for the Spurs, who rebounded from Wednesday's loss in Utah to win for the for the fourth time in five games. Tony Parker recorded 10 points and nine assists and Brent Barry chipped in 10 points in the win.
San Antonio's Tim Duncan was playing in his second game since returning from the injured list and ended with 11 points and eight rebounds in 23 minutes.
The Spurs shot 49.3 percent from the field, including 10-of-20 (.500) from three-point range. San Antonio hit 17-of-22 (.773) from the charity stripe in the game.
San Antonio has not been at its best on the road this season, going just 21-18 as compared to a 38-3 home record. The Spurs have lost seven of their last nine road games.
Memphis managed to back its way into the postseason on Sunday, as Minnesota lost to clinch the spot for it. The Grizzlies have lost four straight and eight of their last 13 games, including Saturday's defeat to the Spurs.
Pau Gasol was the lone Grizzlies' scorer in double figures with 17 points. Memphis shot just 33 percent from the floor in the loss. The Grizzlies committed 16 turnovers which led to 19 San Antonio points.
Memphis hit only 1-of-10 (.100) from three-point range and 24-of-29 (.828) from the charity stripe in the contest.
The Grizzlies, who are closing out their season at home against San Antonio and Dallas, are 25-14 in their own building this season. Memphis has won two straight and three of its last four home games.
Memphis has won two of three meetings between these teams this season. The Grizzlies have won five of seven and six of the last nine meetings. San Antonio has lost three straight after winning its last 13 at Memphis.
04/18 10:12:55 ET