After a four-game homestand in which the San Antonio Spurs finished with a record of 1-3, the Silver and Black head out on the road. In their first game of a three-game road trip, the Spurs travel to Portland to take on the Trail Blazers.
San Antonio enters the game with a record of 14-32. The Spurs are 2-9 in their last 11 contests. They haven’t won a road game since Dec. 19 against the lowly Houston Rockets. The Spurs currently have the fourth worst record in the league and the second worst record in the Western Conference.
The Blazers are 21-25 on the season. Despite being seven games ahead of the Spurs in the standings, Portland actually has the third worst record in the West. They’ve lost three straight games and eight of their last ten outings.
This will be the third contest between the Spurs and the Blazers this season. Portland won the first two games. On Nov. 15, they won in Portland by a final score of 117-110. On Dec. 14, the Blazers won in San Antonio by a final count of 128-112.
San Antonio Spurs Injury Update
The only injured player on the Spurs right now is Devin Vassell. He underwent a procedure on his knee and he’s expected to be out until at least the All-Star break.
San Antonio also has three players assigned to the Austin Spurs right now: centers Charles Bassey and Dominick Barlow along with guard Blake Wesley.
San Antonio Spurs Starting Lineup
After Romeo Langford bounced back in the last game with a quality showing against the Los Angeles Clippers (see the Grades), you can bet your bottom dollar that head coach Gregg Popovich will keep him in the starting lineup at shooting guard. The rest of the starting five is sure to be Jakob Poeltl at center, Jeremy Sochan at power forward, Keldon Johnson at small forward and Tre Jones at point guard.
The rotation off the bench is also very predictable. Popovich will use Zach Collins at center, Doug McDermott and Stanley Johnson at forward, and Malaki Branham and Josh Richardson at guard.
Back-to-Back for the Portland Trail Blazers
The Blazers will be playing on the second night of a back-to-back when they take on the Spurs. On Sunday night, Portland lost at home to the Los Angeles Lakers. The Blazers led 71-46 at halftime however the Lakers came storming back in the second half. When the dust settled, L.A. had a 121-112 victory.
LeBron James led the Lakers with 37 points, 11 rebounds and four assists. He hit 14-of-24 shots from the field. The Blazers were led by Anfernee Simons’ 31 points on 12-of-20 shooting from the field and 7-for-13 shooting from three-point range. Superstar Damian Lillard chipped in 24 points, ten assists and six rebounds in the losing effort.
Betting Guide: Spurs at Blazers
The Blazers are favored to win by nine points and the over/under is 240.5. The Spurs have been able to keep most games competitive recently so the smart money is actually on the Spurs plus the nine points. Add in the fatigue the Blazers could face in the back-to-back and the fact that the Spurs will have two days of rest prior to this game and you have a recipe for a closer than expect affair.