San Antonio sits at 15 wins having rattled off eleven straight and lost two of their last three. The Spurs are third in points allowed, at 92 a game. They are 12th in scoring, at almost 102 a game. They lead the league in assisted baskets, with just over 24 a night. They are in the middle of the pack in rebounding, ranking 15th at 42 a game.
Spurs probable starting lineup:
PG Tony Parker
SG Danny Green
SF Marco Belinelli
PF Tim Duncan
C Tiago Splitter
Tony Parker still leads the Spurs in scoring at just over 18 points per game. He is the only Spur Greg Popovich plays over 30 minutes a night, and he’s only at 31 on the season. It could be Pop is monitoring his older players’ minutes, but Kawhi Leonard is third on the team behind only Parker and Tim Duncan, and he’s coming off the bench behind one of the new Spurs, Marco Belinelli.
Belinelli is at an absurd 56% from three on just 2.7 attempts per game, but still.
Duncan is averaging 16 points, 10 rebounds, with a steal and two blocks on 55% shooting over the last 5 games.
Wolves probable starting lineup:
PG Ricky Rubio
SG Kevin Martin
SF Corey Brewer
PF Kevin Love
C Nikola Pekovic
Altitude will be an issue in Mexico City, at 7,943 feet above sea level — is at 5,280 feet (or a mile high), you’re welcome Captain Obvious — the point being: there will be subs in this game.
Nikola Pekovic is averaging 19 points and 9 rebounds over the Wolves last 5 games. He’ll get some Splitter and Duncan attention tonight, it should be a great matchup.
Gorgui Dieng has seen 14 minutes in the last 5 games. He has four blocks in that time.