7:10 pm
December 19

Spurs @ Magic

Who will WIN this matchup?

San Antonio Spurs (16-15)

@ Orlando Magic (14-15)


Current odds:

San Antonio Spurs: (-150)

Orlando Magic: (+130)


• The line for for this game is Spurs by 3 points.

• The San Antonio Spurs hit a speed bump over the weekend before continuing their surge with another outstanding performance and will go after a sixth win in seven games when they visit the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night. The Spurs were beaten 98-93 by struggling Chicago at home Saturday, but rebounded to rout Philadelphia 123-96 on Monday to move back over the .500 mark. The Spurs will try to avenge a 117-110 loss to the Magic at home on Nov. 4, when Orlando shot 50.5 percent from the field and led by 17 going into the final 12 minutes.

• The Magic found their game in Mexico City with wins over Chicago and Utah last week and will work on improving their results in Orlando – where they are 6-8 – with five of the next six in their home arena. “The big thing that I told the guys in the locker room: That was a terrific win because of the way we won, the way we fought,” Orlando coach Steve Clifford told The Athletic of the 96-89 win over Utah on Saturday. “… The reality is this: We have to start playing better on our court, in Orlando. That’s been our problem.”

• Forward Rudy Gay scored at least 20 points four times in the last seven games after pouring in 21 on 10-of-15 from the floor in Monday’s victory to push his season average to 14.3. “He’s got a little spunk in his step,” Popovich told the media of Gay. “He likes the group. He’s worked hard to understand defensively and rebounding what we want and, of course, he can score.” Guard DeMar DeRozan tops the team in scoring (23.5) and assists (6.2) while LaMarcus Aldridge adds 18.9 points – 25.3 in the last three games – and a team-high 9.6 rebounds per game.

• Forward Aaron Gordon led the way with 26 points in the victory at San Antonio last month, but he has struggled the last three games while averaging 8.7 points and connecting on just 9-of-33 from the field. Center Nikola Vucevic continues to make a case for a spot on the Eastern Conference All-Star team, averaging team-bests of 20.6 points and 11.7 rebounds – 13.6 in the last seven – while shooting 53.5 percent from the floor. Shooting guard Evan Fournier rebounded from a pair of below-average games to score 24 in the victory over Utah on 7-of-15 shooting.

• Orlando G Terrence Ross is coming off one of his best games of the season, going 8-of-9 from the field for 19 points Saturday.

• San Antonio G Bryn Forbes, who averages 11.6 points, managed just six combined in the last two contests.

• The Spurs share the league lead in 3-point shooting at 38.9 percent entering Tuesday and Orlando is 13th at 35.4.

StreakSmarter Pick
San Antonio Spurs