With a record of 3-11 and a losing streak of nine games, the San Antonio Spurs will try to get back on the winning track on Wednesday evening versus the Los Angeles Clippers at the Frost Bank Center. The Clippers enter the game with a 5-7 record.
The Spurs and Clippers played on Monday, with Los Angeles getting a 124-99 victory. While a 25-point loss sounds like a blowout, the game was actually relatively close compared to what happened the first time this season when the two teams met. Back on October 29th, the Clippers destroyed the Spurs by 40 points, 123-83.
In Monday’s loss to the Clippers, the Spurs got a few strong performances. Specifically, off the bench, Cedi Osman and Charles Bassey played really well (see the Grades).
San Antonio needs a bounce back performance tonight because their next two games are really difficult. First, the Spurs play the Golden State Warriors on Friday and then play the Denver Nuggets on Sunday. Both of those games are on the road.
San Antonio Spurs Injury Update
Devin Vassell says he will play tonight, which is obviously great news for the Spurs. Vassell has missed five games games this season with an adductor injury. Most recently, he missed the last three games.
On the season, Vassell is averaging 17.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists. He is shooting 49.6% from the field and 43.1% from three-point range. It’s fair to say he has been San Antonio’s most consistent player this season — when he’s been able to play, that is.
San Antonio Spurs Starting Lineup
We know four starters for head coach Gregg Popovich: Zach Collins at center, Victor Wembanyama at power forward, Keldon Johnson at small forward and Jeremy Sochan at point guard. Most likely, Devin Vassell will start at shooting guard. However, the last time he was coming off injury earlier in the season, Popovich brought him off the bench for a game. If the coaches decide to do that again, expect Julian Champagnie to start in Vassell’s place.
Betting Guide: Spurs vs. Clippers
The Clippers are favored by 8.5 points and the over/under is at 231.5 points. The smart money is on the Spurs. With Vassell back, San Antonio is healthy. Moreover, in the NBA, it’s difficult to beat the same team twice in a row — so the Clippers should have their hands full even though they’ve blown out the Spurs twice this season.