Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Lakers – Game #23

The San Antonio Spurs have lost a franchise record 17 games in a row. Tonight, the Spurs host the Los Angeles Lakers with hopes of stopping that streak from hitting 18. San Antonio has a record of 3-19 and they’re 1-10 at home. The Lakers are 14-10 overall and 4-8 on the road. Recently, the Lakers won the inaugural NBA In-Season Tournament by beating the Indiana Pacers in a game played in Las Vegas.

San Antonio Spurs Injury Update

The Spurs got really bad news recently when center Charles Bassey got diagnosed with a torn ACL. Bassey was injured while playing for the Austin Spurs in the G League. He will miss the rest of the regular season.

Bassey still has two years left on his contract. However, his final two seasons are non-guaranteed. There’s a chance that Bassey will be ready to play by the beginning of next season — but the Spurs will need to decide whether to guarantee his salary on August 1st.

Other than the bad news on Bassey, the Spurs don’t have any other injury news to report.

San Antonio Spurs Starting Lineup

It appears as if head coach Gregg Popovich has settled on a new starting lineup: Malaki Branham at point guard, Devin Vassell at shooting guard, Keldon Johnson at small forward, Jeremy Sochan at power forward and Victor Wembanyama at center.

In San Antonio’s most recent game, Branham had success playing at point guard (see the Grades). Additionally, Wembanyama appears to be doing well as the starting center. In his last two games, the rookie has a total of 38 rebounds.

Los Angeles Lakers Injury Update

Both LeBron James and Anthony Davis are questionable for tonight’s game against the Spurs. Jarred Vanderbilt, a backup big man for the Lakers, is also questionable. Considering that Los Angeles played last night, it wouldn’t be surprising to see any of these three players sit out tonight in San Antonio.

Betting Guide: Spurs vs. Lakers

The Lakers are favored by 4.5 points and the over/under is 230.5 points. With LeBron James and Anthony Davis iffy and the Lakers playing on the second game of a back to back, the smart money is actually on the Spurs. Yes, it’s difficult placing money on a team that has lost 17 straight — but this looks like the perfect opportunity to snap that streak. If not win, the Spurs have a good chance of keeping it close.