Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Boston Celtics – Game #32

The San Antonio Spurs host the Boston Celtics on Sunday at the Frost Bank Center. The Spurs, who have an overall record of 5-26, are 2-13 at home this season. The Celtics, 25-6, are 9-6 on the road. 

San Antonio is coming off of a successful two-game road trip to Portland. In their first game against the Trail Blazers, the Spurs snapped a five-game losing streak with a 118-105 win. Victor Wembanyama’s memorable performance included 30 points, seven blocks, six rebounds and six assists in only 24 minutes of play (see the Grades). The Spurs played the second game in Portland without Wembanyama but they were still able to keep it close, losing by only six points, 134-128 (see the Grades).

The Celtics don’t know a whole lot about losing. In their last 11 games, Boston has a 10-1 record. Their only loss in that stretch came against the Golden State Warriors in overtime.

San Antonio Spurs Injury Update

After missing last game due to rest purposes, Victor Wembanyama will be back in the lineup against the Celtics. Unfortunately, the Spurs will be without his backup. Zach Collins left Friday’s game against the Blazers with an ankle injury and that injury will force him to miss tonight’s affair.

In the first game, Keldon Johnson took a hard fall and landed on his back. He had an excellent game on Friday night but is now listed as questionable for tonight’s game due to back spasms. If he can’t play, San Antonio will find it much more difficult to compete against the Celtics.

San Antonio Spurs Starting Lineup

Head coach Gregg Popovich will likely keep the starting lineup the same. Expect the starters to be Victor Wembanyama at center, Jeremy Sochan at power forward, Julian Champagnie at small forward, Devin Vassell at shooting guard and Malaki Branham at point guard. 

With Zach Collins out, expect either Dominick Barlow or Sandro Mamukelashvili to get his minutes at backup center. If Johnson can’t go, his minutes will be absorbed by a combination of Julian Champagnie, Doug McDermott and Cedi Osman.

Betting Guide: Spurs at Celtics

The Celtics are favored by 14.5 points and the over/under is 241.5 points. With the Spurs playing at home and with Victor Wembanyama back in the lineup, the smart money is on the Spurs. If Keldon Johnson plays, it’d be a no-brainer of a bet. Yes, the Celtics should be favored to win but San Antonio has a good chance of losing by 14 or fewer points.