Preview: San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors – Game #14

The San Antonio Spurs (6-7) have a better record through 13 games than the Golden State Warriors (5-8), the defending NBA champions. When the regular season tipped off, nobody saw that coming. Tonight, the Spurs begin a five-game road trip against the Warriors.

Golden State’s struggles this year have taken place primarily on the road. The Warriors are 0-7 on the road but 5-1 at home. In their latest game, the defending champs were defeated by the Kings in Sacramento by a final score of 122-115.

The Spurs, interestingly enough, have been better on the road (3-2) than at home (3-5) so far this season. San Antonio’s most recent game was a 111-93 victory over a short-handed Milwaukee Bucks squad (see the Grades). That win snapped the Spurs five-game losing streak.

San Antonio Spurs Progress Report

Why have the Spurs surpassed expectations through 13 games? Check out SpursTalk’s Progress Report that includes in-depth analysis of each player on the roster. Obviously, Keldon Johnson and Devin Vassell have played well, as they’re averaging 23.6 points and 21.0 points, respectively. However, there are other reasons why Spurs fans should be excited beyond those two players.

San Antonio Spurs Injury Update

The Spurs have more bad news to report when it comes to injuries. We already knew that Zach Collins (non-displaced leg fracture) and Blake Wesley (torn MCL) were out. Joining those two players on the sidelines will be Tre Jones, Romeo Langford and Malaki Branham.

Jones, who has started every game at point guard this season, will miss tonight’s game with a stomach illness. Langford will be sidelines due to health and safety protocols. Branham, who was most recently play for the Austin Spurs in the G League, suffered a sprained ankle and will be unavailable against the Warriors.

San Antonio Spurs Starting Lineup

With Tre Jones out, the Spurs will be forced to switch their starting lineup. Expect the starting five to be Josh Richardson, Devin Vassell, Keldon Johnson, Jeremy Sochan and Jakob Poeltl.

Off the bench, Jordan Hall will be forced into action, as he’s the only reserve guard on the roster who is available to play. So far, the rookie has played only 27 minutes and has totaled three points, three assists and a rebound.

Golden State Warriors Injury Update

The Warriors will hold out Klay Thompson due to this game being a back-to-back for Golden State. So far this season, Thompson has had his minutes limited, which has contributed to his slow start. He’s averaging 14.7 points and his shooting percentages are all at career-low marks: 35.1% from the field, 33.0% from three-point distance and 75.0% from the free throw line.

Betting Guide: Spurs at Warriors

The Warriors are favored by 9 points and the over/under for the game is set at 234 points. With the Spurs down to Josh Richardson and Jordan Hall at point guard, it’d be difficult to put down any money on San Antonio performing well tonight. Conversely, the Warriors are playing on the second night of a back-to-back and the Spurs have had two days of rest — so bets on Golden State are also iffy.

The best bet is taking the over on Keldon Johnson’s point total. The current line is 21.5 points. Johnson is averaging 23.6 points and he should touch the ball even more often than usual due to the Spurs being without Tre Jones.