The San Antonio Spurs take on the Washington Wizards on Saturday night at the AT&T Center.
The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT and will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest. The game can also be heard on the radio on WOAI 1200 AM.
This is the first matchup between the two teams.
How will the Spurs fare against the Wizards? We take a look at recent history, injuries, and key players to predict the outcome of the game!
San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs are 20-14 overall and 11-5 at home. The Spurs are coming off a 95-93 win versus the New Orleans Pelicans. Manu Ginobili led the Spurs with 26 points and 7 rebounds.
The Washington Wizards are 22-10 overall and 8-6 on the road. They are coming off a 109-102 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists.
San Antonio Spurs
Kawhi Leonard– Kawhi Leonard is out with a bruise on his right hand.
Tony Parker– Tony Parker has been ruled out with a hamstring injury.
No significant injuries.
Players to Watch For Washington Wizards
John Wall– John Wall is without question one of the better point guards in the league. Wall is averaging 17.4 points, 10.3 assists and 2.1 steals. He can do it all, he can score, pass, rebound and defend. With Tony Parker out, the Spurs will have their hands full.
Bradley Beal- Bradley Beal has the skill set to be an elite two guard, he can shoot, defend and has a terrific feel for the game. He is averaging 15.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3 assists. The only problem with Beal is that he is inconsistent. Beal has five 20+ point games in the last month, but has five games with 10 points or less.
Marcin Gortat– Marcin Gortat is one of the most underrated bigs in the league. He is averaging 12.5 points and 8.2 rebounds. The “Polish Hammer” has averaged at least 11 points and 8 rebounds the last four seasons.
The Spurs will be hungry to win consecutive games to begin the new year. They will take advantage of a tired team that lost in a battle to an elite Oklahoma City Thunder team. Expect a big night from Tim Duncan as Gortat and Nene will struggle to stop him.