Preview: San Antonio Spurs at Brooklyn Nets – Game #53

The San Antonio Spurs will look to notch their first win on the Rodeo Road Trip when they take on the Brooklyn Nets tonight. Not only have the Spurs lost their first two games of the trip, they’ve now lost six straight games overall. At 10-42, the Spurs have the worst record in the Western Conference and the third worst record in the NBA. Coincidentally, San Antonio is 5-21 at home and 5-21 on the road.

The Nets are also not playing their best basketball. They’ve lost three straight games and four out of their last five. At 20-31, Brooklyn is the 11th seed in the Eastern Conference. They are led in scoring by Mikal Bridges and Cam Thomas, who averaged 21.9 points and 21.3 points, respectively.

This is the first matchup this season between the Spurs and the Nets. The next time they play will be a game in Austin at the Moody Center on March 17th.

San Antonio Spurs Injury Update

The Spurs don’t have any injury news of note. Marcus Morris, who was acquired as part of the Doug McDermott trade with the Indiana Pacers, won’t play for San Antonio. The expectation is that he’ll be released at some point before ever suiting up in Silver and Black.

In addition to Morris’ contract, the Spurs received a 2029 second round draft pick via the Los Angeles Clippers and an undisclosed amount of cash. The cash is likely enough to pay the remainder of the money owed to Morris. 

San Antonio Spurs Starting Lineup

Even though the Spurs have lost six in a row, it’s likely that head coach Gregg Popovich will keep the starting lineup 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.

Off the bench, the primary options will be Keldon Johnson, Blake Wesley, Cedi Osman and Zach Collins. With Doug McDermott out of the equation, Malaki Branham could also find himself in the rotation.

Betting Guide: Spurs vs. Nets

The Nets are favored by 5.5 points and the over/under is 232 points. The smart money is on the Nets to win by six or more points. The Spurs have looked tired recently and it might not be until after the All-Star Break that they can regroup and recover. While Brooklyn hasn’t played well lately either, they’ll be in front of their home fans and they have enough athleticism to give San Antonio problems.