San Antonio (16-4) at Milwaukee (10-8)
When: Monday, December 5th 2016
Where: Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI
Time: 8:05 ET | TV: FSN Southwest, FSN Wisconsin
The San Antonio Spurs will try and keep their perfect road record going when the visit the improving Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night. San Antonio lost only once at home last season, but have already dropped four this season, but their 11-0 road record has kept them within one game of Western Conference-leading Golden State. The Spurs have won 11 of 12 overall, but needed a late basket from leading scorer Kawhi Leonard to hold off Washington 107-105 on Friday. Leonard is again putting up solid numbers while averaging 24.3 points, six rebounds and three assists, but is shooting just 45.3% from the field – well below his career average of 49.5%. LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 17.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game and newcomer Pau Gasol had 19 points and 10 rebounds against Washington for his second double-double of the season. Point guard Tony Parker (9.7 points, 4.3 assists) missed the last game with a bruised left quad and is questionable for Monday. The Spurs have won the last eight meetings and beat the Bucks by 25 in both contests last season.
Milwaukee has surged to within three games of Cleveland in the Central Division by winning their last four games. Their current streak included a 17-point victory over the Cavaliers last Tuesday. Milwaukee finished off a sweep of a home-and-home set with struggling Brooklyn on Saturday with a 112-103 victory and are averaging 111.3 points during the winning streak. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker lead the Bucks offense by averaging 41 points combined. Antetokounmpo had a monster game on Saturday with 16 points, 10 boards, six assists and five blocks. Parker averages 18.6 points as the only other player in double figures, but center John Henson has stepped up recently by scoring 20 points twice in the last four games. Guard Matthew Dellavedova scored a season-high 18 points while dishing out six assists in Saturday’s victory. Milwaukee will continue their four-game homestand with Portland and Atlanta later this week.
San Antonio has a better all-around team, obviously, and they should be able to easily handle this young Milwaukee team. The Bucks rely too much on just two players to compete with the class of the Spurs.
Pick: Spurs -5.5