Preview: San Antonio Spurs at Washington Wizards – Game #42

The San Antonio Spurs will play their second game in two nights against the Washington Wizards on Saturday evening. Last night, the Spurs lost a close game to the Charlotte Hornets despite playing without Victor Wembanyama (see the Grades). Against the Wizards, the good news is that Wembanyama will be in uniform.

San Antonio enters the game with a record of 7-34 at the midway point of the season. Washington is only slightly better at 7-33. The Spurs are 4-18 on the road, while the Wizards are 3-14 at home.

Kyle Kuzma and Jordan Poole are the two primary scorers for the Wizards. Kuzma is averaging 22.2 points per game, while Poole is averaging 17.1 points.

San Antonio Spurs Injury Update

Victor Wembanyama missed the game against the Hornets because doctors haven’t cleared him to play in back-to-back games yet. The Spurs opted to sit him against the Hornets so he can play tonight against the Wizards. Washington drafted Wembanyama’s close friend Bilal Coulibaly so that may have been part of the reason why the Spurs decided to let him play against the Wizards instead of the Hornets.

Zach Collins, who started in place of Wembanyama in Charlotte, is listed as probable. If he can play, he’ll be the backup center. If Collins sits, expect Dominick Barlow to be the backup center.

Rookie Sidy Cissoko will miss another game with a sprained ankle.

San Antonio Spurs Starting Lineup

The Spurs will return to their 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. Since moving into the starting lineup, Jones is averaging 14.3 points, 6.6 assists and 3.5 rebounds, while hitting 58.7% of his field goals, 42.9% of his three-point attempts and all 17 of his free throws.

The bench unit will be led by Keldon Johnson, who is averaging 16.8 points per game when playing as a reserve.

Betting Guide: Spurs at Wizards

The Wizards are favored by 2.5 points and the over/under is 241.5 points. The smart money is on the over. The Spurs and the Wizards are two of the worst defensive teams in the league. Washington allows 125 points per game, while the Spurs allow 121.3 points pre game. Expect this to be a high scoring affair with not a lot of quality defense being played by either team.