Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Boston Celtics – Game #40

The San Antonio Spurs will try to get back on the winning track after two close losses. Tonight, the Spurs travel to Boston to take on the Celtics. The Spurs lost a home game to the Chicago Bulls, 122-116, without Victor Wembanyama and then had a massive comeback come up short against the Atlanta Hawks, 109-99.

At 31-9, the Celtics enter this evening’s affair with the best record in the NBA. Boston also has the best point differential in the league at 9.7 points per game. Considering that the Celtics have a perfect 19-0 record at home this season, it’s an understatement to say that the Spurs will have their hands full.

San Antonio Spurs Injury Update

Victor Wembanyama will play but will remain on a minutes restriction of about 25 minutes. Doug McDermott, who missed a recent game due to an ankle injury, will play.

Three players will miss the game against the Celtics: Zach Collins, Sidy Cissoko and Charles Bassey. Bassey is out for the season with a torn ACL. Cissoko has been sidelined recently due to an ankle injury. Collins is also dealing with an ankle injury and could be out another week or two.

Boston Celtics Injury Update

The Celtics have three players listed as questionable for tonight’s game against the Spurs: Kristaps Porzingis, Jrue Holiday and Derrick White. White, the former Spurs guard, has a sprained ankle. Holiday has an elbow sprain. Porzingis is dealing with knee inflammation.

Even with those three talented players on the sidelines, the Celtics will still have their two leading scorers. Jayson Tatum is averaging 27.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists, while Jaylen Brown is averaging 23.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists.

San Antonio Spurs Starting Lineup

Expect head coach Gregg Popovich to stick with the same starting five of 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.

Blake Wesley played really well against the Hawks (see the Grades) so we’ll see if he remains in the rotation tonight.

Betting Guide: Spurs at Celtics

The Celtics are favored by 16 points and the over/under is 238.5 points. The smart money is on the Spurs. San Antonio has played better lately and should be able to keep tonight’s game within 15 points. If the Spurs play like they did in the second half against the Hawks, they should be able to compete against the Celtics. Add in Boston’s injury woes and that’s more reason to believe in San Antonio’s chances of not getting blown out.