Preview: San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat
Keldon Johnson and the Spurs will try to beat the Heat (Image via Twitter)
The San Antonio Spurs begin their rodeo road trip this season with a matchup in Miami against the Heat. Tottenham will play nine consecutive away matches. There will be five games before the All-Star break, and after a week of rest, there will be four games after the break.
After tonight’s game against the Heat, the Spurs will remain in Florida for a back-to-back against the Orlando Magic tomorrow. The Spurs lost to the Magic a week ago in San Antonio, 108-98.
This will be the second and final match between the Spurs and the Heat this season. Back on November 12, the Heat beat the Spurs in San Antonio, 118-113. In that game, Keldon Johnson led the way for the Spurs with 20 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. The Heat got 24 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and three steals from Bam Adebayo in that game.
Heading into tonight’s game, the Spurs have a 10-40 record, which has them in last place in the Western Conference. The Heat, who recorded 27 wins to 24, tied with the Magic for seventh place in the Eastern Conference.
San Antonio Spurs starting lineup
After the break, Spurs have no injuries to report. That should mean the coaches will stick with their final starting lineup of Tre Jones at goalie, Devin Vassell at shooting guard, Julian Champagnie at small forward, Jeremy Sochan at power forward, and Victor Wembanyama at center.
Off the bench, expect coach Gregg Popovich to use Blake Wesley, Zach Collins, Doug McDermott and Cedi Ousmane. It’s also possible that Melky Branham could be in the rotation. In addition, it is not unlikely that Dominic Barlow will replace Collins as the team’s backup center.
A closer look at the 2023-24 rodeo journey
The Rodeo Road Trip begins with back-to-back games against the Heat and Magic. Next, the Spurs will face two Eastern Conference teams, the Brooklyn Nets and the Toronto Raptors. In the last game before the All-Star break, the Spurs face the Dallas Mavericks on Valentine’s Day.
On February 22, San Antonio resumes its rodeo road trip in California with back-to-back games against the Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Lakers. The trip ends with two opponents in the Western Conference: the Utah Jazz and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Betting Guide: Spurs vs. Heat
The Heat are favored by eight points, and the over/under is 227 points. The smart money is in heat. Tottenham have not played well recently and have looked tired. Additionally, the Heat have enough veteran intelligence to cause problems with the young Spurs.