The San Antonio Spurs took care of business as they won a back-to-back set against Memphis and Minnesota. They will now face the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night at the EnergySolutions Arena.
The game is scheduled for 8:00 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 Utah? We take a look at recent history, injuries, and key matchups to predict the outcome of the game!
San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 123-101, despite the absences of Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, whom were out with injuries. The Spurs are 10-1 in their last 11 games and are 15-5 going into the game.
On Monday night the Utah Jazz lost on the road to the Sacramento Kings 101-92. The Jazz fell to 5-16 on the season and have now lost nine straight games after a decent start to their season. Gordon Hayward led them with 19 points and 7 assists.
San Antonio Spurs
Tiago Splitter– Questionable (Right Calf Injury)
Tony Parker- Out (Left Hamstring Strain)
Patty Mills- Out (Right Shoulder)
No Significant Injuries
Impact Players to Watch For Jazz
Gordon Hayward- Can do it all, whether it’s score, rebound, pass and defend multiple positions. Hayward is having a strong year, as he is averaging 18.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.7 steals. Kawhi Leonard will likely match up with the talented 24 year old rising star. What a matchup!
Alec Burks– Alec Burks is sneaky good. At times he is inefficient, but there aren’t many guards that attack the basket and can create their shot like him. There is a big reason Burks got a 4 year $42 million contract extension. He is playing with a shoulder injury, he is that tough. The 23 year old slasher is averaging 13.4 points and 4.5 rebounds this season.
Derrick Favors– It was only a matter of time before Derrick Favors became a consistent basketball player. Favors is having his best season as a pro and he is just 23 years old. He is averaging 16 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks. He is without question one of the more talented young bigs in the league and he hasn’t even reached his potential just yet.
After playing Monday night, the Jazz will be in a difficult position despite playing at home. The Spurs will take control from the tip and win easily. Tim Duncan teaches Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors a thing or two down low, as he will have a big performance. The Spurs will get quality minutes from their bench players as well.
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