Basketball

Spurs Start Homestand Against Pistons

Dejounte Murray enters NBA's Health and Safety Protocols ahead of matchup against the Pistons.
Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images

After sweeping the LA teams, the San Antonio Spurs will start a three-game home-stand against the Detroit Pistons. The Spurs are coming off a great win on the road against the Los Angeles, 138-110. In contrast, the Pistons have the worst record in the NBA at 5-26 and are coming off a three-point loss to the Heat. These two teams will square off twice within the next seven days. Detroit will host San Antonio on January 1st.

Keys to Spurs Getting Win

Force Detroit to Shoot Threes

The Pistons have struggled big-time from the three-point line and are second-worst in the NBA at 31.3%. They shot 45% last Thursday against Miami, but Miami wasn’t healthy and shot 24.2% against the Knicks, the game before Miami. Detroit will be without potentially their top scorers, Cade Cunningham and Jerami Grant. San Antonio needs to force the Pistons to shoot from the outside. Also, Detroit averages the second least amount of points per game in the NBA at 100.5 and is only behind the Oklahoma City Thunder at 99.6 points.

Get Early Start

The Spurs are 13-0 when they win the first quarter. What does that mean? San Antonio can’t afford another bad loss, and you don’t want Detroit to get any confidence after the 1st quarter. They are playing in front of their home crowd for the first time since December 15th. But they have not done so well at home this season with a 6-9 record.

Don’t Feel Too Comfortable

Detroit will potentially be out with eight players Sunday night, including their top scorer Jerami Grant. Even with the Pistons having the least amount of wins this season with five wins, they can come out and surprise you. In Detroit’s last five games, four of those games finished within ten points, including a 100-90 against Miami on December 19th. San Antonio can’t relax, and they need to treat every game like they are in-game seven of the NBA finals.

Injury Report

Spurs

PlayerStatusInjury
Zach CollinsOutAnkle
Dejounte MurrayOutNBA’s Health and Safety Protocols

Pistons

PlayerStatusInjury
Rodney McGruder OutNBA’s Health and Safety Protocols
Josh JacksonOutNBA’s Health and Safety Protocols
Cory JoesephOutNBA’s Health and Safety Protocols
Trey LylesOutNBA’s Health and Safety Protocols
Cade Cunningham Day-To-DayNBA’s Health and Safety Protocols
Jerami Grant Out for Six WeeksThumb
Isaiah Stewart OutNBA’s Health and Safety Protocols
Saben Lee OutNBA’s Health and Safety Protocols
Killian Hayes Day-To-DayNBA’s Health and Safety Protocols
Kelly Olynyk OutKnee
Christ SmithOut Knee

Game Prediction

The Spurs are hot right now and with no Grant for the Pistons. San Antonio will be able to take care of business at home against Detroit and extend their win streak to three. Expect once again all Spurs starters to score in double-digits.

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