Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Orlando Magic – Game #48

The San Antonio Spurs will play the fifth game of their seven-game home stand tonight versus the Orlando Magic. So far on the home stand, the Spurs have a record of 2-2. After defeating the Portland Trail Blazers and Minnesota Timberwolves on back-to-back days, San Antonio lost a heart-breaker to the Washington Wizards on Monday night.

Overall, the Spurs have a record of 10-37. That’s the worst record in the Western Conference and the third worst record in the NBA. Only the Detroit Pistons (6-40) and Wizards (9-37) are below San Antonio in the standings.

After finishing last season with a record of 34-48, the Magic have improved a lot this season. At 24-23, Orlando is currently tied with the Miami Heat for the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Magic are led by Paolo Banchero and Franz Wagner. Banchero, last season’s NBA Rookie of the Year award winner, is averaging 23.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 47 games. Wagner, who is in his third season in the league, is averaging 20.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 39 games.

San Antonio Spurs Injury Update

The Spurs have two players listed as questionable on their injury report. Keldon Johnson is questionable due to an elbow laceration. Considering he has been leading San Antonio’s second unit lately, he’d be a big loss.

Zach Collins is the other player listed as questionable. He was listed as questionable prior to the previous two games and ended up sitting out both games — so it’s definitely possible for him to be on the sidelines again tonight. If Collins doesn’t play, Dominick Barlow will move up into the backup center role.

San Antonio Spurs Starting Lineup

The good news in San Antonio is that the starting lineup is intact. The fivesome will include Victor Wembanyama at center, Jeremy Sochan at power forward, Julian Champagnie at small forward, Devin Vassell at shooting guard and Tre Jones at point guard.

Even though it wasn’t his best game (see the Grades), Wembanyama produced against the Wizards. The rookie finished with 22 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and three blocks in 31 minutes.

Betting Guide: Spurs vs. Wizards

The Magic are favored by 5.5 points and the over/under is 226.5 points. The smart money is on the over. The Spurs allow 121.4 points per game, the fifth worst mark in the NBA. On the other end, San Antonio’s starting lineup will be able to play so that should mean plenty of points on the scoreboard.