The San Antonio Spurs (0-0) tip off against the Charlotte Hornets (0-0) at 7:00pm CST later today in San Antonio. The Spurs get to open the season at home and would like to get off to a successful start, although fans might secretly be looking for a loss. The Spurs enter as the one-point underdog and will be playing fully healthy, maybe for the only time all season. Charlotte will be gunning for a win without the help of LaMelo Ball, who has an ankle injury.
Tipoff Time: 7:00pm CST
Where to watch: Bally Sports Southwest, NBA League pass, or stream on fuboTV.
Over/under: 224 total points
Point spread: Spurs +1, Hornets -1
Moneyline: Spurs -108, Hornets -108
Lock of the night: Jakob Poeltl over 11.5 total rebounds, odds at -106
Injury report: Spurs are fully healthy, Charlotte is without LaMelo Ball
Please note that betting odds are always changing and updated
For the Air Alamo lock of the night, I'm selecting Jakob Poeltl to grab a ton of rebounds, at least a dozen. Last year, he was one of the best rebounders in the game, and he grabbed the fourth-most offensive rebouds. Consider as well: his numbers were less than they could have been, since Dejounte Murray grabbed more than his fair share.
On top of that, Keldon Johnson, another good rebounder, will play more on the perimeter tonight as small forward. That means Poeltl will have to share the glass with only Jeremy Sochan, not Murray and Johnson. Plus, the Hornets are without Miles Bridges and Montrezl Harrell, so I think Poeltl will be able to clean up.
Due to being without LaMelo Ball, I think the Spurs will win with a score of 115-110. Jeremy Sochan will have a difficult night, as he will probably have some debut-related jitters, although that is to be expected since he has been named a starter.
The Spurs will be re-debuting their throwback black-on-black jerseys, which I am a massive fan of. Even if they lose, at least they'll be doing it in style.
After this game, the Spurs travel to take on Indiana. With only one day of rest between games, this should be a tough stretch for the Spurs.