The San Antonio Spurs kick off a four game road trip tonight, starting with a game against the Celtics in Boston.
The game is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. CT and will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest. The game can also be heard on the radio on WOAI 1200 AM.
How will San Antonio fare against Boston? We take a look at recent history, injuries, and key matchups to predict the outcome of the game!
San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs head into this game looking for their seventh straight victory. The Spurs have been on fire as of late, winning nine of their last 10 games. Even a head coaching change could not mess up their momentum with assistant coach Ettore Messina taking over the last two games for Gregg Popovich who is recovering from a minor medical procedure.
San Antonio won their last game at home against the Sacramento Kings, 112-104, and is looking to keep their winning ways up tonight. Tony Parker is also looking to stay hot after scoring 20-plus points in his last four outings.
The Boston Celtics come into this game looking to break out of their recent funk. After starting the season at an even 3-3, the club has suffered as of late, losing six of their last seven games.
The Celtics have been in the game in four of their recent six losses which is promising, but, Boston will need a very good effort tonight if they are to defeat a streaking Spurs team.
San Antonio Spurs
Patty Mills, Point Guard – Mills is still healing from surgery on his torn rotator cuff. Expect his at the point to go to other guards on this Spurs roster, maybe even to rookie Kyle Anderson.
Tiago Splitter, Center – Splitter re-aggravated his right calf injury in the game against the Hawks and is listed as day-to-day with no timetable for return. Look for Boris Diaw and Matt Bonner to pick up his minutes.
Marcus Smart, Point Guard – Smart is nursing an ankle injury he suffered towards the beginning of this month. He did participate in practice yesterday, however, his game status is unsure. Smart has not played since November 7th so his return to the court should be expected soon since the injury is not very serious. Look for Phil Pressey to get some more extended playing time if Smart is unable to go.
Tonight’s key matchup is a battle of the point guards. Two elite point guards clash tonight in the San Antonio Spurs’ Tony Parker and the Boston Celtics’ Rajon Rondo. Both point guards are two of the best in the league and are capable of tilting the game in their team’s favor when they are on their “A” game. The matchup is even more interesting because of the different skill set each guard has. Parker is more of a scoring guard while Rondo is known for his flashy assist totals.
The San Antonio Spurs seem to be getting healthier by the day, their most recent additions being Cory Joseph and most likely Gregg Popovich. With all that talent on the Spurs sideline, it’s tough to image San Antonio not coming away with the victory, especially given the Celtics’ recent struggles.
The Spurs’ hot offense will be just too much for Boston to handle and San Antonio will run away with this game. The Celtics really need some wins to instill confidence into their young team and get them back on track. Unfortunately for Boston though, tonight will not be that night.