Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Sacramento Kings – Game #44

The San Antonio Spurs will attempt to snap their four-game losing streak tonight against the Sacramento Kings in the AT&T Center. The Spurs have lost seven of their last eight games. At 13-30, San Antonio has the second worst record in the Western Conference and the fourth worst record in the entire NBA.

The Kings, on the other hand, are having their best season in years. In fact, their last playoff game was against the Spurs back in 2006. Since then, San Antonio has more championships (2) than the Kings have playoff appearances (0).

Today, Sacramento has a record of 23-18 and they’re currently the fourth seed in the West. They’ve won three straight games and they’re 6-3 in their last nine games.

De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis are the two stars for the Kings. Fox is averaging 23.8 points per game along with 6.1 assists and 4.4 rebounds. Sabonis is averaging 18.9 points, 12.5 rebounds and 7.1 assists.

San Antonio Spurs Injury Update

The Spurs will be without Devin Vassell, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery recently. He’s expected to be out until at least the All-Star break. Dominick Barlow and Charles Bassey are also out because Barlow and Bassey are currently assigned to the Austin Spurs of the G League.

The new addition to the Spurs injury report is Doug McDermott. He is experiencing tightness in his upper back and he’s questionable against the Kings. McDermott was missed five games so far this season. The 31-year-old is averaging 10.5 points in 20.5 minutes per game this season, while shooting 48.7% from the floor and 42.1% from three-point range.

San Antonio Spurs Starting Lineup

Head coach Gregg Popovich will likely start Tre Jones at point guard, Romeo Langford at shooting guard, Jakob Poeltl at center, Keldon Johnson at small forward and Jeremy Sochan at power forward. That should continue to be the starting lineup as long as Devin Vassell is out.

San Antonio’s Successful Night in the Alamodome

Sure, the Spurs got blown out by the Golden State Warriors on Friday night and only a few players performed well (see the Grades), but the event was certainly a success. San Antonio set the all-time record for NBA attendance in a single game, as there were 68,323 fans in the Alamodome stands. That record should stand for quite a while.

Betting Guide: Spurs vs. Kings

The Kings are favored by 6.5 points and the over/under is set at 246 points. The smart money tonight is on the Kings to win by more than 6.5 points. The Spurs just lost by more than 30 points against the Warriors and the special night at the Alamodome had to have been a draining experience — both physically and emotionally. Expect the Kings to win comfortably and for San Antonio’s losing streak to continue.

Betting the over on the over/under is tempting due to Sacramento’s high-powered offense and the Spurs porous defense but that isn’t quite as safe of a bet as putting money on the Kings to cover the spread.