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San Antonio Spurs vs Cleveland Cavaliers: Prediction, Key Players, Injuries

By George Middleton
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The San Antonio Spurs take on the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night at the AT&T Center.

The game is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. CT and will be televised on TNT. The game can also be heard on the radio on WOAI 1200 AM.

This is the second and final matchup between the two teams. The Spurs won the only matchup 92-90 on November 19th. Tim Duncan and Boris Diaw scored 19 points apiece in the win.

How will the Spurs fare against the Raptors? We take a look at recent history, injuries, and key factors to predict the outcome of the game!

Recent Games

San Antonio Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs are 40-23 overall and 24-7 at home. The Spurs are coming off a 117-107 win against the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday. Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 24 points, Tony Parker added 23 points.

Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers are 41-25 overall and 17-16 on the road. The Cavaliers are coming off a 127-94 win against the Dallas Mavericks. LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 27 points and 8 assists.

Injuries

San Antonio Spurs

Manu Ginobili– Manu Ginobili is questionable to play with an illness.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Anderson Varejao– Anderson Varejao is out with an achilles injury.

Shawn Marion– Shawn Marion is out with a hip injury.

Key Cavaliers Players

LeBron James- Does the man need an introduction. LeBron James is arguably the best player in the sport and he is having another terrific season. He is averaging 26 points, 7.3 assists and 5.8 rebounds.

Kyrie Irving– Kyrie Irving is one of the most skilled guards in the league. He can shoot the ball wall and has a filthy handle. He is averaging 21.4 points and 5.2 assists. If the Spurs aren’t careful Irving can explode for 30 plus points.

Kevin Love– Kevin Love isn’t scoring 30 points and grabbing 20 rebounds like he was in Minnesota at times in the past few seasons, but he is still a terrific player. He is averaging 17 points and 10.2 rebounds.

Prediction

This is certainly one of the most difficult games the Spurs will have all season. Kawhi Leonard and his teammates will do just enough on defense to slow down LeBron James a bit, which will result in a Spurs win in a nail biter.

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