Victor Wembanyama and the San Antonio Spurs take a trip to the desert to face one of the more talented teams in the Western Conference. This is yet another test for Wemby, who’s getting his work cut out for him.
Catch the game tomorrow at 10:00 AM, Manila time.
HOME: Phoenix Suns (2-1, 1-0 HOME)
Projected starting five:
- Devin Booker (day-to-day)
- Grayson Allen / Bradley Beal (questionable)
- Josh Okogie
- Kevin Durant
- Jusuf Nurkic
The Suns are looking to build off from their cruising win over the Utah Jazz this past Sunday. They won, 126-104, with six guys in double figures, the team collectively shooting 52.9% from the field, and scoring 40 big points in the third quarter. With Devin Booker and Bradley Beal resting injuries, Kevin Durant does what he does and posted a team-high 26 points, while veteran guard Eric Gordon followed suit with 21 points.
Booker and Beal are still considered questionable for tomorrow, and expect it to come to the last minute. The team is being cautious about the latter’s back injury so he’s yet to suit up this season, while the former played the opener vs. the Golden State Warriors–where they won, 108-104–and tallied 32 points on an efficient 61.9% clip.
Phoenix should have a fun outing, and the group will be eager to bully rookie phenom Victor Wembanyama, although yes, it’s obviously easier said than done. Either way, the probably Wembanyama-Durant match-up should be a nice watch.
AWAY: San Antonio Spurs (1-2, 0-1 AWAY)
Projected starting five:
- Tre Jones
- Devin Vassell
- Keldon Johnson
- Victor Wembanyama
- Zach Collins
The Spurs endured an ugly, 123-83 beating at the hands of the LA Clippers on Monday. It was the worst loss of any team in the young season, but it may last for months, or even the last season. They shot 37.3% from the floor and turned the ball over 25 times.
We should see a Spurs squad that’s eager to bounce back from such an atrocious performance. “Older” guys Devin Vassell and Keldon Johnson should be tasked to get the motor running, while key youngsters Victor Wembanyama and Jeremy Sochan ought to pick things up nicely. Vassell, in particular, is off to a good start. He had 23 and 25 points in the two games prior to their off-night against the Clippers. Wemby, on the other hand, has 15.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.0 steals, and 1.7 blocks per game in three contests thus far.
Johnson (1/9 FGs) and Sochan (0/2 FGs) were both nonexistent in LA, and there’s no way but up, so we can be hopeful for a more productive outing.
Handicap: The Suns (-7) win and cover the spread.
Over/Under: The total goes under 226.