Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Chicago Bulls – Game #21

The San Antonio Spurs have lost 15 consecutive ballgames but they have a very real chance of ending that streak tonight when the Chicago Bulls come to the Frost Bank Center. The Spurs are 3-17 on the season and have won only one of their nine home games. The Bulls, on the other hand, have a record of 1-8 on the road and 8-14 overall.

In San Antonio’s latest game, they played well for long stretches of the contest before ultimately falling to the Minnesota Timberwolves by a final count of 102-94. Considering that the Timberwolves have the best record in the NBA and the game was played in Minnesota, it wasn’t a surprising outcome. That said, it’s no secret that the Silver and Black are desperate for a win to snap their losing skid.

Chicago has actually won three straight games, including impressive victories over the Milwaukee Bucks and New Orleans Pelicans. However, it must be noted that all three of those games were at home for the Bulls. Prior to those three contests, the Bulls went 0-4 on a four-game road trip and they had lost eight of their previous nine games.

San Antonio Spurs Injury Update

For the second straight game, the Spurs have no injuries to report. Victor Wembanyama returned from hip soreness against the Timberwolves. The 19-year-old big man finished with 12 points and ten rebounds and, most importantly, avoided reaggravating his hip injury.

San Antonio Spurs Starting Lineup

Against the Timberwolves, head coach Gregg Popovich shook up his starting lineup. He sent Jeremy Sochan to the bench and started Cedi Osman at point guard instead. Devin Vassell, who had been on a strict minutes restriction, also returned to the starting five. The other three starters (Zach Collins at center, Keldon Johnson at small forward and Victor Wembanyama at power forward) remained the same.

In tonight’s game versus the Bulls, expect Popovich to keep that starting five of Osman, Vassell, Johnson, Collins and Wembanyama.

DeMar DeRozan’s Numbers Down

In his third season with the Chicago Bulls, 34-year-old DeMar DeRozan has seen his numbers take a hit. He’s averaging 21.9 points, 4.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 35.5 minutes per game. Compared to the last two seasons with the Bulls, his points, assists, rebounds, field goal percentage and free throw percentage are down. The good news for DeRozan is that he’s shooting a career-high 37.3% from three-point range.

Betting Guide: Spurs vs. Bulls

The Bulls are favored by 2.5 points and the over/under is 224.5 points. Considering that the Bulls are without Zach LaVine due to injury, the smart money is on the Spurs. San Antonio really needs a win so expect a maximum effort tonight in what they must view as a winnable game.