The PHOENIX and the SAN ANTONIO will both be gunning for a victory on 12/11/2018 at 8:35 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
PHOENIX SUNS vs SAN ANTONIO SPURS
When: 8:30 PM ET, Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
|533||PHOENIX||-11.5 (-110)||217 (-110)||500
TV: 8:35 PM
PREDICTION: SAN ANTONIO , PHOENIX
Oddsmakers currently have the SAN ANTONIO listed as -11.5 point favorites versus the PHOENIX, while the game’s total is sitting at 217.
Gregg Popovich looks to move into sole possession of fourth place on the all-time coaching victories list when the San Antonio Spurs host the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday. Popovich’s 1,210 career wins tie him for fourth with Pat Riley, and he is just 11 triumphs behind Jerry Sloan for third place.
San Antonio has won consecutive games and is aiming to get back to .500 against a lowly Phoenix team that has split this season’s two meetings. “We just need to keep building on the last two games no matter who the next opponent is,” Spurs guard Patty Mills told reporters. “This time, it just happens to be Phoenix, but our focus has to be on continuing to build on the way that we are playing.” The Suns have dropped nine straight games after suffering a 123-119 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers and are a porous 1-12 on the road. Shooting guard Devin Booker will sit out his fifth consecutive contest due to a hamstring injury.
TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, FS Arizona (Phoenix), FS Southwest (San Antonio)
ABOUT THE SUNS (4-23): Rookie center Deandre Ayton, who has been a bright spot during a miserable start to the campaign, recorded 20 points and 12 rebounds in the loss to the Clippers. The double-double was the 15th of the season for the No. 1 overall draft pick, who has made 17-of-25 shots over his last two games. Rookie forward Mikal Bridges scored a season-high 19 points on Monday for his second straight double-digit effort since the infamous incident on Thursday, when he tried to avoid Igor Kokoskov as the coach attempted to provide feedback during a loss to Portland.
ABOUT THE SPURS (13-14): San Antonio is playing the third contest of its six-game homestand and was sharp while winning each of the first two contests – against the Los Angeles Lakers and Utah – by 13 points. The strong performances followed a stretch during which the Spurs dropped four of five games, with three of the losses being by more than 30 points. “The last couple of games, we looked better at the defensive end,” Popovich told reporters. “More communication, a little more understanding. Guys get used to playing with each other and understanding what the process is for the way we want to play. I think it’s sinking in, so we’ll see if it continues.”
1. The Suns have lost their last nine visits to San Antonio.
2. Spurs backup F Davis Bertans (personal reasons) likely will miss his second straight game.
3. Phoenix SF T.J. Warren (ankle) returned from a five-game absence against the Clippers but played just 12 minutes before being ejected, while backup SG Jamal Crawford (knee) probably will sit out his second consecutive contest.
PREDICTION: Spurs 113, Suns 89