The San Antonio Spurs (12-18) play the Detroit Pistons (12-20) tonight in the AT&T Center in a game where the Spurs are favored by five points. San Antonio is coming off a loss to the Mavericks in Dallas, while Detroit blew out the Washington Wizards in their last contest to snap a five-game losing streak.
The Spurs Look for Revenge Against the Pistons
The Pistons creamed the Spurs by 34 points, 132-98, when these two teams played in Detroit. In that game, the Pistons were led by Christian Wood’s 28 points off the bench. The Spurs, on the other hand, were playing without LaMarcus Aldridge and things couldn’t have gone much worse. In the second half alone, the Spurs were outscored 73-47.
Urgency for the San Antonio Spurs
This is the start of three straight games at home for the Spurs. After the Pistons, the Spurs play the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
If San Antonio wants to stay in the playoff chase, they really need to take advantage of this stretch at home. Why? After these three games, the Spurs have a home-and-home with the Milwaukee Bucks and then a four-game road trip with stops in Boston, Toronto and Miami.
Soon after that, it’ll be time for the Rodeo Road Trip — and this season’s trip appears to be one of the most difficult in history for San Antonio.
Injuries for the Detroit Pistons
The Pistons will be without a couple key players tonight. Luke Kennard and Markieff Morris will both miss the game, while Andre Drummond is listed as probable.
The Spurs, on the other hand, appear to be on track to have a full roster tonight.
Spurs vs. Pistons – Preview
The Spurs played very well at times on their two-game road trip. I’ll predict that their good play continues tonight against the Pistons.
San Antonio Spurs – 118
Detroit Pistons – 109