This 12 months’s NBA Season formally kicks off in the present day and your San Antonio Spurs open the season on Wednesday with a date in opposition to the Orlando Magic.
This low season has been totally different for followers as we noticed the departure of NBA vets DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Homosexual, Gorgui Dieng, and fan-favorite Patty Mills from the squad. Nevertheless, we’re lastly witnessing the franchise go full-force in the direction of a youth motion.
Though there could also be rising pains watching this squad, you possibly can count on a quick, athletic crew who will presumably at all times be favored because the underdog. However that ought to solely put a chip on the gamers to carry out higher.
Under I record the sport previews for the week and throw out some predictions:
San Antonio Spurs vs Orlando Magic
Date: October 20, 2021, 7:30 P.M CT
Area: AT&T Middle
Broadcast: Bally Sports activities Southwest
The Spurs open up in opposition to the Orlando Magic and an intriguing storyline I’m wanting ahead to is seeing how Spurs coach Gregg Popovich handles the minutes.
I count on Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, Keldon Johnson, Jakob Poeltl and probably Doug McDermott to sort out the heavy minutes, however there can be questions on who Pop will belief essentially the most off the bench.
There are limitless prospects on what rotations will be throw out. I imagine these minutes can be divided largely from Lonnie Walker IV, Devin Vassell, Thaddeus Younger, and Drew Eubanks. My darkish horse sleeper to steal minutes, Joshua Primo, aka Mr. Primo Picks who has been dazzling followers all preseason.
On the Magic aspect, they enter a full rebuild mode and roster one of many youngest squads within the league. Of their preseason matchup with the Spurs, they misplaced an in depth 101-100 sport with Terence Ross main them with 20 factors.
The Magic at all times appear to provide the Spurs issues each season, so I wouldn’t count on something much less. Former Gonzaga star Jalen Suggs, matched up with White or Murray, would be the prime matchup to look at, as he’s a favourite to win Rookie of the Yr.
Prediction: I see the Spurs conserving it shut at first, however with a bit extra expertise on their finish they find yourself pulling away. Anticipate a 1-0 begin to the season and Spurs followers to get settled in for a enjoyable trip.
San Antonio Spurs vs Denver Nuggets
Date: October 22, 2021, 8 p.m. CT
Area: Ball Area
Broadcast: CW 35
The Spurs face their first street take a look at of their second sport of the season. Denver can be coming off a sport in opposition to the Phoenix Suns.
For some motive each time I consider the Nuggets, I can’t simply assist take into consideration Derrick White’s poster dunk and Lonnie Walker’s almost-mesmerizing dunk a couple of years in the past.
Quick ahead now and this squad is a bit totally different and they are going to be confronted with a tricky take a look at guarding All-Professional heart Nikola Jokic.
The matchup to search for is Jakob vs Jokic and as a part of the sport plan, Pop should assist restrict Jokic’s all-around sport with the Spurs different bigs.
Prediction: The Jokic-led Nuggets are going to attain rather a lot and there could also be followers that can in all probability complain concerning the defensive depth of the crew. However stopping an all-around expertise like Jokic who impacts the sport in each means is simpler stated than completed. I see the Spurs getting simply sufficient to edge out Denver and probably off 2-0 begin.
San Antonio Spurs vs Milwaukee Bucks
Date: October 23, 2021, 7:30 p.m. CT
Area: AT&T Middle
Broadcast: KENS 5
This would be the Spurs’ third sport in 4 nights and it’s a must to count on some fatigue from the crew once they come again from Denver. Other than the back-to-back, they’ll want to arrange for the defending NBA champions.
I’m placing this because the Recreation of the Week in my guide as a result of it is going to be an early take a look at to see how the squad matches up in opposition to the champs.
Though the Greek Freak must be a handful for anybody that can guard him, I count on Pop to throw a handful of our bodies in the direction of Giannis. It’s a tactic much like a number of years in the past when he threw a number of our bodies at LeBron to get him fatigued.
*Disclaimer, I’m not saying Giannis is LeBron*
Prediction: Spurs and Bucks must be an excellent sport, however I believe the Bucks come out on prime. 2-1 to start out off the season? Signal me up.