Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat – Game #29

The San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat will battle in Mexico City on Saturday afternoon in a contest that is officially a home game for the Silver and Black. The Spurs enter the matchup with a record of 9-19, while the Heat are 15-15.

The Heat will be looking for revenge south of the border. While Miami is on a three-game winning streak, their last loss came against the Spurs. In that contest, Keldon Johnson led the way for the Spurs with 21 points and six rebounds. Romeo Langford chipped in a career-high 19 points in San Antonio’s 115-111 victory. The Heat were led by Jimmy Butler’s 30 points.

Since that game, Miami has won three consecutive road games against the Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets. In the last two wins, Tyler Herro has been on fire — particularly from downtown. The Heat guard had 35 points on 9-for-17 shooting from three-point land against the Thunder and then followed that up with 41 points on 10-for-15 shooting from three-point land against the Rockets.

The Spurs had a three-game winning streak snapped in their last outing. The Portland Trail Blazers cruised to a 128-112 victory in San Antonio on Wednesday night (see the Grades).

San Antonio Spurs Injury Update

Injuries continue to be a leading story for the Spurs. Thankfully, there is some good news on the injury report this time.

Jakob Poeltl, who has missed seven straight games due to a bone bruise in his knee, is listed as probable against the Heat. Zach Collins, who missed last game with a sprained ankle, is also listed as probable.

The news isn’t all good, however. Romeo Langford is questionable versus Miami due to a sprained ankle, while Josh Richardson will miss the game in Mexico City due to a personal matter.

The Spurs also have three rookies who are unavailable due to being with the Austin Spurs in the G League: Malaki Branham, Blake Wesley and Dominick Barlow. Wesley is nearing an NBA return after tearing his MCL in late October.

San Antonio Spurs Starting Lineup

With Jakob Poeltl likely to play, the starting lineup will begin to normalize. Expect Poeltl to start at center, Tre Jones to start at point guard and Keldon Johnson to start at small forward. If Devin Vassell’s minutes restriction is behind him, he’ll start at shooting guard. If he’s still limited, expect Romeo Langford to get the nod if he’s able to play.

Who will be the fifth starter? Keita Bates-Diop started last game and could start again. If Vassell is starting and Langford can play, head coach Gregg Popovich may opt to go small and shift Johnson to power forward to make room for Langford. Stanley Johnson, the newest Spurs player, is also a darkhorse to start.

Betting Guide: Spurs vs. Heat

The Heat are favored by seven points and the over/under is at 221 points. While the Spurs have been playing better lately and defeated the Heat recently, the smart money is on Miami winning and covering the seven-point spread. The Heat will be extra motivated for revenge against the Spurs and Tyler Herro couldn’t be any hotter than he is right now.