Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Chicago Bulls – Game #43

The San Antonio Spurs will look to snap a four-game losing streak tonight versus the Chicago Bulls. The Spurs enter the game with a record of 22-20, which is good enough for eighth in the Western Conference. The Bulls, at 19-24, have the tenth seed in the Eastern Conference.

San Antonio’s nine-game homestand hasn’t gone as planned. First, they lost to the Charlotte Hornets. Then, they lost back-to-back games against the Los Angeles Clippers.

San Antonio Spurs Injury Update

The Spurs will be without Lonnie Walker IV again tonight. Walker is dealing with a wrist injury. The good news is that the injury isn’t thought to be major. Keita Bates-Diop will also miss the game against the Bulls with a hamstring injury.

In an effort to fill the void, the Spurs signed Cameron Reynolds to a ten-day contract. While he’s unlikely to play tonight, he gives the team depth at shooting guard and small forward.

Rudy Gay, who has been bothered recently with a sore foot, wasn’t listed on the injury report and will suit up for the Silver and Black.

Marquese Chriss, who the Spurs acquired in a trade with the Golden State Warriors on the trade deadline, will obviously miss tonight’s contest. It’s expected that he’ll miss the remainder of the season with a broken leg.

Nikola Vucevic to Debut for the Bulls

While the Spurs had a quiet trade deadline, the Bulls stole the show. They completed arguably the biggest trade of the day when they acquired All-Star center Nikola Vucevic from the Orlando Magic. In return for Vucevic and Al-Farouq Aminu, the Magic got Wendell Carter Jr, Otto Porter Jr and a pair of first round draft picks.

Vucevic is available for tonight’s game and will play against the Spurs. This will be his first game for the Bulls. Expect him to start at center and play big minutes.

Home Not Kind to the Spurs

Historically, the Spurs have been an outstanding team at home. In this COVID-19 marred season? Not so much. They are only 10-13 at home during the 2020-21 campaign. Amazingly, they are 12-7 on the road. In the entire NBA only two teams have a better road record: the Phoenix Suns (15-6) and the Los Angeles Lakers (14-7).

That said, the Spurs still have six more games on this homestand so they will need to figure out how to snap out of this home funk. Hopefully, that starts tonight against the Bulls.