Spurs looking for 12th straight home win against 76ers
No one can deny the San Antonio Spurs are having a fantastic season. More than halfway through, they’ve only lost 11 games.
But here’s where it gets weird. Six of those 11 defeats came against teams with losing records. Do the Spurs just get cocky when playing a team so much worse than themselves? There’s no explaining it. But hopefully, that doesn’t prove to be an issue tonight.
The Philadelphia 76ers are 18-30 on the season so far, and the matchup seems like a sure-thing for the Spurs. But, history. Still, San Antonio has been great at home, and tonight’s game is at AT&T Center.
Another plus is that Sixers star and Rookie of the Year favorite Joel Embiid won’t be playing. He’s missed six of the last seven games with a bruised knee and didn’t even make the trip to Texas this time. Minus Embiid, the Sixers fell to the Dallas Mavericks yesterday, a game in which Philadelphia’s offense looked weak. It’s obvious they need Embiid to have any serious hope of beating a team as good as the Spurs.
Besides, San Antonio has won 10 straight against Philadelphia (dating back to 2011) and 11 consecutive at home.
Still, the 76ers have been showing improvement. Last season, they only won 10 games total. This season, they’ve already won 18. And while they have a losing record, the team finished January with a 10-5 record, their best month since January 2012.
“This team has grown a lot,” Robert Covington said. “We’re showing a lot of poise. And it’s still early. There’s still a lot of time for us to really grow even more.”
But tonight they’re going up shorthanded against an all-around solid Spurs bench led by powerhouses Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge. In Tuesday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, those two combined for 61 of San Antonio’s total 108 points. Despite their history, this should be a solid win for the Spurs.