The San Antonio Spurs will play the first of two consecutive road games against the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night. The Spurs, who have lost five straight games, will again take on the Blazers on Friday night in a back-to-back affair. At 4-25, San Antonio will be looking for their first road win since Nov. 2.
Portland is only 8-21 on the season but they’ve notched a couple of impressive victories lately. In their latest outing, the Blazers defeated the Sacramento Kings by a final count of 130-113. Back on Dec. 19, the Blazers defeated the Phoenix Suns, 109-104.
San Antonio Spurs Injury Update
The only player listed on San Antonio’s injury report is Devonte’ Graham. The point guard will miss the game against the Blazers due to an illness. Graham’s absence won’t alter the team’s rotation.
A few players on the Spurs have recently hit the injury report due to an unspecified illness, including Tre Jones who missed a game due to illness.
Portland Trail Blazers Injury Update
The Blazers will be without Deandre Ayton and Shaedon Sharpe in Thursday’s game. However, it’s possible that one or both of them will be able to return for Friday’s matchup.
Portland beat the Kings without Ayton and Sharpe so those two players being out doesn’t mean the Spurs will have an easy time of it.
San Antonio Spurs Starting Lineup
Head coach Gregg Popovich has recently used the starting five of Malaki Branham at point guard, Devin Vassell at shooting guard, Julian Champagnie at small forward, Jeremy Sochan at power forward and Victor Wembanyama at center. Expect that fivesome to again be in the starting lineup tonight in Portland.
However, Popovich said he was displeased with how the starting lineup played in San Antonio’s last game. In the loss to the Utah Jazz (see the Grades), the bench had to carry the load for long periods of time — specifically Keldon Johnson and Tre Jones. If the starting five doesn’t bounce back sooner rather than later, Popovich will likely juggle the starters once again.
Betting Guide: Spurs at Blazers
The Blazers are favored by five points and the over/under is 235.5 points. The smart money is again on the over. San Antonio’s defense continues to struggle and the Blazers scored 130 points in their last outing. Given the fact that the Spurs are healthy, they should be able to put plenty of points on the board.