Brooklyn Nets at San Antonio Spurs Preview
The Brooklyn Nets will be traveling to the Alamo City tonight for the first matchup of their interconference regular-season series against the San Antonio Spurs.
Tonight’s game is looking like a must-win for the Spurs. They are 10-16 on the season, which puts them at 12th in the East. They are coming into tonight’s game off a loss, are 5-5 in their last 10 games and just 7-7 at home.
The Nets are seventh in the Eastern Conference with a 15-12 record. Brooklyn has won their last two games, are 6-4 in their last 10 games and are 7-7 on the road.
Time: 8:30 PM ET
Arena: AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
Channel: YES, KMYS
Nets: Kyrie Irving, Caris LeVert, Nicolas Claxton, Kevin Durant (O), David Nwaba (P)
Spurs: No injuries
Brooklyn Nets Starting Lineup
After suffering through a two-game skid last week, the Brooklyn Nets picked up a big win over the Philadelphia 76ers 109-89 on Sunday and then needed overtime on Tuesday night to get past the New Orleans Pelicans 108-101.
“It was an ugly game but at the end of the day we did what we needed to do to get the W,” Jarrett Allen told the New York Post. “That just shows we’re out there playing hard, how much our defense has improved, how much we’re locking up on defense.”
Allen has had a great season, especially when he starts at center. Against the Pelicans, he had 12 points and 14 rebounds, but it was Spencer Dinwiddie, who was the biggest standout as he starts in place of Kyrie Irving. Dinwiddie had 21 points and seven assists, and JHoe Harris had 24 points and six rebounds.
David Nwaba, who is probable for tonight, came off the bench for 12 points in just 18 minutes, which was important with Caris LeVert out.
San Antonio Spurs Starting Lineup
The San Antonio Spurs needed their fourth consecutive overtime game on Sunday to get a 121-119 win over the Phoenix Suns in Mexico City on Saturday. They were back stateside on Monday for a road game against the Houston Rockets on Monday. It looked like the Spurs were going to get the better of the Rockets for the second time in three weeks as they went up big in the first half. Unfortunately, that all came crumbling down in yet another example of the Spurs’ recent struggles in a 109-107 loss.
“In some ways, it’s like your worst nightmare to go up 20 quickly because you know the thing is going to turn to some degree,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “The way it was an even game down the stretch is pretty much what you’d expect most of the time.”
The Spurs did well to limit James Harden to just 28 points, but Russell Westbrook had 31 and Ben McLemore had a big game off the bench.
For San Antonio, DeMar DeRozan struggled and was benched late in the game. He finished with 12 points in 31 minutes. LaMarcus Aldridge had 19 points and 13 rebounds, Bryn Forbes had 18 points and Dejounte Murray was back in the starting lineup and finished with 16 points and five rebounds. Derrick White and Rudy Gay scored in double figured off the bench.
Key Player Matchups
Spencer Dinwiddie vs. Dejounte Murray
Dinwiddie has been having a great year, averaging 21.4 points and 6.3 assists per game this season, but he’s raised his scoring average to 24.1 this month. Murray’s numbers don’t quite jump off the page, but he was just recently cleared off a minutes restriction so there should be a change there soon. Still, Murray is one of the top young defenders at the point guard positions, and just as he made life tough for Harden, he’ll look to do the same for Dinwiddie tonight.
Jarrett Allen vs. LaMarcus Aldridge
Aldridge is an all-star caliber player, but he’ll have a tough matchup in Allen tonight. Aside from being an energy player who will look to outmuscle Aldridge, the Spurs have struggled on the boards this year, and Aldridge is probably a below-average rebounder for his position, whereas Allen is a beast on the boards. Aldridge will need to try to control the glass to limit Brooklyn’s second-chance opportunities and their ability to hit open shooters on the perimeter after offensive rebounds.
Spencer Dinwiddie and LaMarcus Aldridge are fantasy standouts in tonight’s game. Dinwiddie is available for $8k on FanDuel and is projected for 30.1 points. Aldridge has a salary of $7.6k and is expected to finish with 40.8 points.
If you’re looking for a nice value pickup to boost several categories, Dejounte Murray may be your man. He is a point guard who goes after rebounds like a center. He is available for $6.6k and is projected for 23.0 points. Joe Harris is also a good option on Brooklyn’s roster.
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