Preview: San Antonio Spurs at Atlanta Hawks – Game #39

With Victor Wembanyama back in the starting lineup, the San Antonio Spurs hope to pick up where they left off with their star rookie on board. This afternoon, the Spurs take on the Atlanta Hawks. San Antonio has a record of 7-31, while Atlanta is 15-23 on the season.

The Spurs have won two straight games in which Wembanyama has played. The Frenchman sat out their last game, a close loss against the Chicago Bulls in which Tre Jones and Keldon Johnson shined (see the Grades). In his last two games, Wembanyama had a total of 46 points, 23 rebounds and 11 assists in 41 minutes in the wins.

Losers of four of their last five games, the Hawks have struggled lately. In two losses against the Indiana Pacers in that stretch, Atlanta lost by a total of 52 points.

Former Spurs point guard Dejounte Murray is averaging 21.1 points, 4.9 assists and 4.6 rebounds in 34.6 minutes per game. He’s shooting 46.9% from the field, 39.1% from three-point range and 82.1% at the line.

San Antonio Spurs Injury Update

While Zach Collins and Sidy Cissoko remain out with ankle injuries, the Spurs got some good news on the injury front today. Not only is Victor Wembanyama back in the lineup after sitting out the Bulls game due to rest purposes, Doug McDermott will also make his return. McDermott missed a game after an ankle injury of his own. His return is really good news considering that he was on fire in his last two outings. In a total of 27 minutes, McDermott had 28 points and hit 8-of-11 three-pointers in a pair of wins.

San Antonio Spurs Starting Lineup

There’s no way head coach Gregg Popovich will mess with the starting five of Tre Jones at point guard, Devin Vassell at shooting guard, Julian Champagnie at small forward, Jeremy Sochan at power forward and Victor Wembanyama at center. The Spurs have played well since Popovich went with that starting unit. Expect him to keep rolling with it until something changes.

Betting Guide: Spurs at Hawks

The Hawks are favored by eight points and the over/under is 246 points. Considering how well the Spurs have played with their new starting lineup, the smart money is on San Antonio. Victor Wembanyama has played great recently and Tre Jones is flourishing as a starter. Staying within eight points of a struggling Hawks team sounds extremely doable.