Spurs aim for longest win streak of the season with victory over Suns

DeMar DeRozan #10 of the San Antonio Spurs. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
DeMar DeRozan #10 of the San Antonio Spurs. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

The San Antonio Spurs can build their longest winning streak of the season with a victory over the Phoenix Suns tonight.

After a rough start to the season, the San Antonio Spurs have turned a corner over the past month. They’ve won three solid games in a row and can build their longest winning streak of the season with a win over the Phoenix Suns tonight.

This is the second time the two teams have faced off this week. In the first matchup on Monday night, the Spurs were saved by outstanding performances from Bryn Forbes and Derrick White. Forbes has been up and down all year but had his best game of the season on Monday night. He shot a blistering 73 percent from behind the arc and rattled in 7 three’s in the first half, setting a new franchise record for three-pointers made in a half.

Bryn’s proficiency from deep was impressive but White’s solid all-around game was more impactful in the end. He was impressive in every aspect of the game. He made crisp passes, looked for his own baskets, and was a stellar defender. White hasn’t taken the leap that many had expected this year but his play on Monday was the perfect example of the way he can elevate the Spurs ceiling.

Winning tonight is crucial for San Antonio. They’ve got a solid stretch of games at home coming up and carrying momentum into this stretch can go a long way towards helping the Spurs solidify their position in the playoffs. They’re in the eighth position right now but only by virtue of winning percentage, they’re tied with the Grizzlies for 15 games behind first. Stringing together a run of wins against some average competition over the next week would be a great way to head into the second half of the season, and that starts tonight.

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San Antonio’s key to victory tonight is getting LaMarcus Aldridge going early from behind the arc. Aldridge’s evolution into one of the league’s top three-point shooters over the past month has totally changed the Spurs offense and pushed the big fella into the All-Star conversation. He didn’t shoot too well from behind the arc on Monday but is in a great position to do so tonight.

Deandre Ayton is going to be a good player for a long time. He’s got great hands and a varied offensive game, but he struggles on defense. He’s gotten better this year but still is prone to mistakes. Aldridge should be able to get a few open looks as Ayton may forget to slide out to cover the league’s 14th most accurate three-point shooter.

And even if he does come out to the edge to cover Aldridge it’s still a benefit to the Spurs as they’ve just taken the Sun’s best rim protector out of the equation. DeRozan and others should have a field day at the rim whenever Ayton is out on the edge.

Gameday bets and prediction

The San Antonio Spurs should have no trouble covering that four-point spread tonight. Derrick White and Dejounte Murray will have to do a much better job on Devin Booker than they did on Monday for that to happen. He’s the engine that makes this Suns offense go, if the Spurs key on him and force others on the team to make plays they should be okay.

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It hasn’t been easy but things are starting to look better in the Alamo City. With a comfortable stretch of games coming up and the potential to build on their winning streak on the table tonight, the Spurs have a lot to look forward to with this matchup.