San Antonio Spurs play at home for the 2nd consecutive day, and this time they face the Hornets…
Last night they lost with the Champions Golden State Warriors by 20 points, on a game where they started out in top gear, managing to get a 19-point lead, but not being able to hold on to it.
The Spurs are playing with a short roster, without much depth and to make things worse, they are without their best player and All-Star Kawhi Leonard, who is at the final stage of his recovery from injury but will still miss the match tonight.
The team has, at the moment, its main offensive focus in Danny Green and Aldridge, with the help of Ginobili and Rudy Gay coming off the bench.
Kyle Anderson has taken advantage of Leonard’s absence to get some more minutes. The team is going through a less good stage, having lost 4 consecutive matches, after an excellent early phase where they got 4 consecutive wins. At home, they have a 2-1 record.
The Charlotte Hornets haven’t really made many changes to the team’s core. Batum is injured and is an important absence for the team, but they added Dwight Howard, who has been the “king” of rebounds, to Kemba Walker.
Adding to those 2 players I also highlight Malik Monk, the rookie that everyone is underestimating but that has already shown the incredible shooter he is on their last match (putting up 25 points, which is a career maximum for him).
The team at home is much more consistent than on the road. Overall, they have a 5-3 record, but they are 1-2 on the road.
San Antonio Spurs vs Charlotte Hornets – Betting Tip and Prediction:
To summarize, I think that the Spurs, even without Leonard, will win this match. Popovich has lost 4 straight matches and I think he will put an end to that poor streak tonight, with a win over the Hornets who are more fragile on the road.
The history between the two teams also shows an apparent difficulty for Charlotte’s team to win in San Antonio, so I think that history will repeat itself here.
Therefore, I believe that the collective effort from the team led by Popovich will prevail.
|San Antonio Spurs to win||