The San Antonio Spurs will try to win their third game in a row when they take on the Chicago Bulls tonight at the Frost Bank Center. This is the second night of a back-to-back for the Spurs, who annihilated the Charlotte Hornets last night by a final score of 135-99. Victor Wembanyama led the way with 26 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots in only 20 minutes of action (see the Grades).
Prior to the victory over the Hornets, San Antonio posted a 130-108 win over the Detroit Pistons. The Spurs are now 7-30 on the season, including a 3-15 record at home.
The Bulls are currently 18-22. Chicago had won three straight games before losing to the Golden State Warriors in their last outing. DeMar DeRozan led the way against the Warriors with 39 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Third Time the Charm for the Spurs?
This will be the third game between the Spurs and Bulls this season. Due to the NBA In-Season Tournament, some teams saw their schedule get unbalanced. That’s why San Antonio and Chicago will play three times this season. Usually, Western Conference teams only play Eastern Conference teams twice.
In the two previous matchups, the Bulls were victorious. In the first meeting, the Bulls won 121-112 in San Antonio. In the second meeting, Chicago won at home by a final count of 114-95.
San Antonio Spurs Injury Update
The Spurs will be without Victor Wembanyama tonight. The doctors have him on a minutes restriction and he’s not yet allowed to play in back-to-back games. Wembanyama will be back in uniform on Monday in Atlanta against the Hawks.
San Antonio could also be without Doug McDermott, who is listed as doubtful with an ankle injury. That’s an unfortunate turn of events because McDermott is on fire. Over his last two games, he has 28 points in 27 minutes and has hit a total of eight three-pointers.
San Antonio Spurs Starting Lineup
Head coach Gregg Popovich will likely go with Tre Jones at point guard, Devin Vassell at shooting guard, Julian Champagnie at small forward, Jeremy Sochan at power forward and Dominick Barlow at center.
While Barlow hasn’t started a game yet this season, the Spurs don’t have much choice. Their top three center options will be missing the game: Victor Wembanyama (rest), Zach Collins (ankle) and Charles Bassey (knee).
Betting Guide: Spurs vs. Bulls
The Bulls are favored by 6.5 points and the over/under is 229.5 points. The smart money is on the Bulls winning by seven or more points. Though the Spurs are on a winning streak, those wins are largely due to Victor Wembanyama. Without their star rookie, San Antonio will find it difficult to thrive.