Preview and Prediction: San Antonio Spurs at Boston Celtics

The San Antonio Spurs (15-20) will begin a four-game road trip tonight against the Boston Celtics (25-9). The Celtics have the second best record in the Eastern Conference, are 14-2 at home and have won eight of their last ten games. The Spurs will surely be underdogs — but that didn’t bother San Antonio last time they were on the court.

Can Spurs Extend Momentum After Bucks Win?

In what has to be their most impressive win of the season, the Spurs dismantled the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night by a final score of 126-104. The Silver and Black got 25 points and seven assists from DeMar DeRozan and 21 points and six three-pointers from Patty Mills. LaMarcus Aldridge and Rudy Gay both had 17 points and two three-pointers.

As a team, the Spurs shot 19-for-35 (54.3%) from three-point range against the Bucks. They also shot 51.1% from the field and 89.5% at the line, while doing great work on the glass, limiting their turnovers (11) and keeping the Bucks off the free throw line (14 attempts).

The Spurs can’t expect to play better against the Celtics. But can they at least carry forward some of the momentum? If they do, that could give them a chance to start the road trip off on the right foot.

Spurs Will Look for Revenge Against Celtics

If you remember correct, San Antonio’s eight-game losing streak actually started after a demoralizing loss to the Celtics. That 135-115 loss, which took place in the AT&T Center, was embarrassing. Boston made an early run and the Spurs never threatened the rest of the way.

In that game, Jaylen Brown had 30 points and seven rebounds, while Kemba Walker at 26 points and eight assists. DeRozan had 22 points but was only 6-for-15 from the floor. Aldridge only had three points on 1-for-4 shooting.

The Spurs can’t afford another demoralizing loss at the beginning of this road trip. Another extended losing streak would be really detrimental to their playoff hopes.

Boston Celtics Injury Update

Kemba Walker has missed the last three Celtics games due to an unspecified illness. For tonight’s game, he has been upgraded to questionable. Obviously, the Celtics will be much more difficult if Walker is able to play.

Boston’s starting center Daniel Theis is also questionable for the game with a knee soreness, while Robert “Timelord” Williams will miss the game with a hip injury.

Key Matchup – Spurs at Celtics

The Spurs need Aldridge to play much, much better than he did last time against the Celtics. The Celtics are a smallish team so Aldridge will have a size advantage in the post most of the time. If he can mix post scoring with more three-point shooting, it could be a totally different game in the rematch.

Spurs at Celtics: Prediction

Predicting the Spurs to beat the Bucks didn’t go poorly. This time, I’ll predict the Spurs escaping Boston with a one-point victory in a contest that goes down to the last play.

San Antonio Spurs – 108
Boston Celtics – 107