Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Portland Trail Blazers – Game #45

The San Antonio Spurs will play the second game of their seven-game home stand tonight versus the Portland Trail Blazers. In the first game of their home stand, the Spurs got blown out by the Oklahoma City Thunder. Victor Wembanyama had 24 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and four blocks in 28 minutes but it wasn’t enough (see the Grades).

On the season, the Spurs are just 3-17 at home. At 5-19, San Antonio has actually been better on the road. Overall, the Silver and Black have lost two straight games and five of their last six contests.

The Blazers have actually played well lately. They’ve won three of their last five games and had a close loss in Oklahoma City against the Thunder. However, on the season, Portland has a record of 13-31, which is the second worst record in the Western Confernce. Only the Spurs at 8-36 have a worse record in the West.

The Spurs and Blazers have already played twice this season. San Antonio won the first meeting by a final score of 118-105. Wembanyama sat out the second meeting and Porland was victorious, 134-128. Both of those games were played in Portland.

San Antonio Spurs Injury Update

The injury news is getting better for the Spurs. Tre Jones was previously listed as questionable for tonight’s game but he was able to participate in shootaround. That means Jones should have a decent to good chance of suiting up tonight.

San Antonio Spurs Starting Lineup

We know that head coach Gregg Popovich will start Victor Wembanyama at center, Jeremy Sochan at power forward, Julian Champagnie at small forward, Devin Vassell at shooting guard and — if he’s healthy — Tre Jones at point guard.

If Jones can’t play, expect Blake Wesley to again start at point guard. Wesley started against the Thunder and finished with 12 points, six assists and four rebounds in 28 minutes. He was 5-for-5 from the field, 1-for-1 from the three-point line and 1-for-3 on free throws.

Betting Guide: Spurs vs. Blazers

The Spurs are favored by four points and the over/under is set at 229.5 points. The smart money is on the over. San Antonio’s defense has been far from consistent and the Blazers have enough athletes to give the Spurs some trouble. Offensively, the Spurs should be able to put points on the board against a team that yields 117.3 points per game.