San Antonio Spurs (2-1) at Atlanta Hawks (1-2)
NBA: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 7:30 PM ET (McCamish Pavilion)
Line and Odds:
FREE NBA Pick San Antonio Spurs vs. Atlanta Hawks
The San Antonio Spurs travel to Georgia to take on the Atlanta Hawks in an NBA preseason matchup on Wednesday night. The game will take place on the campus of Georgia Tech at the McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta.
San Antonio enters the contest on the heels of a 108-93 preseason loss to the Houston Rockets on Sunday. The Spurs are 2-1 overall this preseason as they begin a new era as Kawhi Leonard was traded, Tony Parker left via free agency, and Manu Ginobili retired. Sunday’s game against the Rockets was overshadowed by the injury to starting point guard Dejounte Murray who tore his ACL in the game. Murray was expected to have a breakout season for the Spurs paired with newly acquired shooting guard DeMar DeRozan.
San Antonio is now very thin at the point guard position as they are left with veteran Patty Mills and 2nd-year man Derrick White. San Antonio will lean heavily on the duo of DeRozan and forward LaMarcus Aldridge this season. The Spurs re-signed veteran Rudy Gay and added 3rd-year player Jakob Poetl in the offseason to round out the rotation. Expect 2nd-year point guard Derrick White to get extended minutes for Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. Popovich seems to prefer to keep Patty Mills in his current role coming off the bench for the Spurs, but isn’t yet convinced to name a largely inexperienced Derrick White the starter. Popovich, along with most Spurs fans, will be watching the point guard play much closer than the score of the actual game in the final two preseason tuneups.
The Hawks come into Wednesday’s game with a preseason record of 1-2 after back to back losses. Atlanta lost 113-94 to Oklahoma City on Sunday. Atlanta is in the midst of a drastic rebuild and have most notably added collegiate superstar Trae Young via the NBA draft this offseason. In order to give the keys to the offense to Young, the Hawks traded away last season’s top scorer Dennis Schroeder. The Hawks will certainly lack experience this season with no shortage of youth on the roster. Atlanta did add future Hall of Famer Vince Carter in the offseason to provide a strong veteran presence in the locker room. Not many are expecting much from Atlanta this season as they are being predicted to finish at the bottom of the Southeastern Division. The Hawks have a potentially exciting young cast to surround the high-profile rookie Trae Young including center Alex Len and swingman Kent Bazemore. Young, Len, and Bazemore have largely been inconsistent in the preseason as they try to build chemistry and gear up for the NBA regular season.
FREE NBA prediction Atlanta Hawks vs. San Antonio Spurs
Both the Spurs and the Hawks head into Wednesday night’s game with two games remaining in the 2018 NBA preseason. A somber mood surrounds San Antonio after a potentially season ending injury to starting point guard Dejounte Murray in Sunday’s preseason loss to the Houston Rockets. With Derrick White getting extended minutes at the point guard position for San Antonio, expect some growing pains for the Spurs offense. Meanwhile, the Hawks will be eager to get back in the win column as they return to Atlanta after back to back preseason losses on the road to the Grizzlies and the Thunder. The good news for Hawks fans is they won their only previous home preseason game against the New Orleans Pelicans. Although the Hawks are back in Atlanta, the Cover The Spread 365 edge goes to the San Antonio Spurs who have a much deeper and more talented roster even with the loss of Dejounte Murray.
Pick: San Antonio Spurs