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NBA : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 11/21/2012Line$ LineOU LineScore




SAN ANTONIO (8 - 3) at BOSTON (6 - 5)
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Wednesday, 11/21/2012 7:35 PM
Board OpenLatest
509SAN ANTONIO-1.5-1.5
SAN ANTONIO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games8-3+2.66-45-698.747.746.5%48.494.345.044.3%50.2
Road Games4-1+2.83-22-395.242.446.2%47.895.646.244.6%50.4
Last 5 Games3-2-1.23-23-2101.848.045.3%49.697.447.446.5%52.0
SAN ANTONIO Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)98.747.737-8046.5%8-2036.9%17-2276.6%481024199155
vs opponents surrendering95.448.536-8243.4%7-2034.6%17-2375.6%511221208145
Team Stats (Road Games)95.242.436-7746.2%7-2033.3%17-2473.7%48823189176
Stats Against (All Games)94.345.036-8244.3%6-1733.2%16-2176.1%501219198156
vs opponents averaging97.648.937-8145.1%7-2035.3%18-2474.7%521221208156
Stats Against (Road Games)95.646.237-8344.6%6-1831.5%15-2077.8%5012231910146

BOSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games6-5-2.63-66-496.945.147.6%45.398.148.445.2%49.5
Home Games3-2-2.21-33-198.640.648.3%46.896.246.643.9%49.8
Last 5 Games3-2+0.62-13-197.248.449.9%41.896.448.244.9%49.2
BOSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)96.945.136-7647.6%5-1435.7%19-2479.6%45724207133
vs opponents surrendering96.148.336-8044.6%6-1834.9%18-2476.4%521121208155
Team Stats (Home Games)98.640.637-7648.3%5-1237.1%21-2777.6%47628198144
Stats Against (All Games)98.148.437-8145.2%7-1837.1%18-2477.0%491123208144
vs opponents averaging95.348.736-8343.7%7-1934.5%16-2275.6%501122218146
Stats Against (Home Games)96.246.636-8343.9%8-1941.2%15-2076.2%501124228166
Average power rating of opponents played: SAN ANTONIO 97.5,  BOSTON 96.5
SAN ANTONIO - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/31/2012@ NEW ORLEANS99-95W-7L186.5O38-8047.5%511535-8043.7%4713
11/1/2012OKLAHOMA CITY86-84W-2T204.5U35-7944.3%481329-7737.7%5318
11/7/2012@ LA CLIPPERS84-106L-1.5L204.5U30-7341.1%412046-8355.4%4815
11/9/2012@ SACRAMENTO97-86W-6W198.5U35-7248.6%552032-9135.2%5211
11/10/2012@ PORTLAND112-109W-2.5W197O40-7057.1%432142-8947.2%4415
11/13/2012@ LA LAKERS84-82W0W196U35-9038.9%49831-7441.9%6117
11/15/2012NEW YORK100-104L-5.5L196O38-8743.7%601039-8545.9%487
11/19/2012LA CLIPPERS87-92L-4.5L200U29-8235.4%501340-8547.1%6117
11/21/2012@ BOSTON              
11/23/2012@ INDIANA              
11/25/2012@ TORONTO              
11/26/2012@ WASHINGTON              
11/28/2012@ ORLANDO              
11/29/2012@ MIAMI              

BOSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/30/2012@ MIAMI107-120L6.5L187.5O39-7552.0%431543-7954.4%408
11/3/2012@ WASHINGTON89-86W-5.5L191U36-8442.9%44934-7843.6%5715
11/10/2012@ MILWAUKEE96-92W-1W194U32-7244.4%551435-8839.8%5211
11/12/2012@ CHICAGO101-95W3W185O41-8150.6%37834-7445.9%5013
11/15/2012@ BROOKLYN97-102L5T190O35-7546.7%491336-8542.4%5111
11/18/2012@ DETROIT83-103L-4L188U32-7145.1%361739-7254.2%4516
11/21/2012SAN ANTONIO              
11/23/2012OKLAHOMA CITY              
11/25/2012@ ORLANDO              
12/1/2012@ MILWAUKEE              
12/7/2012@ PHILADELPHIA              
SAN ANTONIO: GUARDS: TONY PARKER played at an MVP level last year. His eye injury is obviously not an issue, and he was constantly getting on coach Gregg Popovich to let him finish meaningless games last year. There's no reason he can't repeat last year's performance . . . MANU GINOBILI dealt with a series of nagging injuries last year, and it's clear the team will have to monitor his regular-season workload . . . GARY NEAL provides solid minutes in this rotation, mostly at the point, and is able to consistently knock down threes . . . DANNY GREEN's rotation spot is in a bit of peril. He was too much of an offensive liability in last year's Western Conference Finals . . . NANDO de COLO is a combo guard who can provide instant offense off the bench. He can shoot it and does a nice job getting to the line . . . PATTY MILLS steps in as another viable option in this loaded backcourt . . . CORY JOSEPH's roster spot is in jeopardy after a middling D-League season. FORWARDS: TIM DUNCAN will continue to save it up for the playoffs. He still has plenty left in the tank, but he'll get tons of rest in March and April and more and more often defers to Tony Parker on offense when he does play . . . There's plenty to like about KAWHI LEONARD, who proved to be useful on both ends of the court last season. He'll be asked to be a little more aggressive offensively this year and should even have a couple of sets designed for him . . . STEPHEN JACKSON was a bit of a disaster in Milwaukee before landing with the Spurs last year. He's another veteran who will be paced during the regular season. And while he's been a facilitator in the past, he's really just a catch-and-shoot guy in San Antonio . . . MATT BONNER will continue to come off the bench and hoist some threes. CENTERS: BORIS DIAW's pick-and-pop ability makes him Popovich's top choice in the center rotation . . . TIAGO SPLITTER looks to be a career second-unit guy. He works hard and can defend, but he's just too clunky on the offensive end . . . DeJUAN BLAIR can pick up some cheap baskets, but his lack of offensive skills and defensive size makes him a fringe rotation player.
BOSTON: GUARDS: This offense now belongs to RAJON RONDO, and that should be especially true during the regular season . . . Even if he comes off the bench, JASON TERRY figures to see the bulk of the minutes at shooting guard. He provides some much-needed outside shooting after Ray Allen left and should challenge Paul Pierce for the team lead in shot attempts . . . Adding COURTNEY LEE was more of a move for the future. He's a fine young second-unit player for now and should be an heir apparent on one of the wings . . . AVERY BRADLEY could be out until December after shoulder surgery. As Boston's best perimeter defensive player, he could reclaim his starting job in the season's second half . . . The addition of LEANDRO BARBOSA gives Boston another veteran who can create his own offense in the second unit, something that was sorely missing in last year's playoff run. FORWARDS: PAUL PIERCE quietly had a great regular season last year. Though with some improved depth behind him, Rivers might have his 35-year-old All-Star wing rest more often . . . BRANDON BASS gives them another scoring option, even if he does struggle on the defensive end. He'll get full-time minutes only in certain matchups as long as the frontcourt is healthy . . . JEFF GREEN's heart condition is no longer a concern, but the tweener's role in Boston after a year off is cause for worry . . . There are already question marks surrounding rookie JARED SULLINGER's back. He's very similar to Bass: He can score out to mid-range but doesn't play much defense. Expect him to be strictly a second-unit player in his first NBA season . . . CHRIS WILCOX will provide fouls off the bench when healthy. CENTERS: The Celtics are prepared to go with KEVIN GARNETT in the middle, which was the case when they were at their best last season. His role on offense is still knocking down mid-range jumpers, and he's still an elite defensive player . . . Professional flopper JASON COLLINS will fill in nicely for the departed Greg Stiemsma . . . FAB MELO is years away from being ready to contribute (if he actually is ever ready to contribute) and DARKO MILICIC was also added via free agency for more frontcourt depth.
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*Spurs-Celtics Preview* =======================


San Antonio (8-3) at Boston (6-5), 7:30 p.m. EDT

The San Antonio Spurs are looking very thin on their front line after another key injury.

They'll begin a six-game road trip Wednesday night against the Boston Celtics, who should be in considerably better shape after finishing a grueling stretch of schedule.

San Antonio's 92-87 loss to the Clippers on Monday completed a 1-2 homestand. The Spurs fell in heartbreaking fashion on Chris Paul's short jumper 24.7 seconds left, and suffered another loss with an injury to Stephen Jackson.

The veteran incurred a non-displaced fracture to his right pinkie finger and is expected to miss four to six weeks. Jackson, averaging 7.7 points and 4.3 rebounds, was starting his second game with fellow forward Kawhi Leonard already sidelined.

Leonard's 10.6 points and 5.4 rebounds have been missed for two games, too, as he's dealing with quadriceps tendinitis in his left knee.

The absence of Jackson's gritty style was apparent after he departed in the first quarter, as the Spurs' minus-10 rebounding deficit was tied for their second worst of the season.

"Of all our games, this game was in the soft category," coach Gregg Popovich said. "We never had five guys that competed hard enough to win the basketball game. The Clippers took it with their aggressiveness and their toughness, both mentally and physically. For a portion of that game, we were an embarrassment."

Popovich said the team will likely activate second-year guard Cory Joseph to fill Jackson's spot. Joseph averaged 2.0 points while playing in 29 games last season.

Jackson's absence could put even more weight on the shoulders of Tim Duncan, who's off to a good start with 18.0 points and 10.0 rebounds a game.

Boston (6-4) fell 103-83 on the road to 2-9 Detroit on Sunday, its fourth game in five nights and seventh in 10 days.

The weary Celtics went 4 of 17 from 3-point range and missed 12 of their first 16 shots in the second quarter after leading 25-23 after the first period.

"We can't use the schedule as an excuse - this is the NBA and you have to play stretches like this," forward Kevin Garnett said. "But when you see as many shots hit the front of the rim as we had tonight, you know that you don't have your legs."

Rajon Rondo had 10 assists to extend his streak of games with double-digit assists to 34, the third longest such stretch in NBA history behind John Stockton (37) and Magic Johnson (46).

"I don't really think that much about the streak, but I know that down the road, it will be something that I'm very proud I accomplished," Rondo said.

Rondo, averaging an NBA- and career-high 13.1 assists, recorded the second-highest assist total of his career with 23 against San Antonio in a 105-103 victory Jan. 5, 2011.

Boston has taken seven of the last 10 games in the series, though the Spurs won the only matchup in Boston last season 87-86, with Paul Pierce missing a jumper at the buzzer.

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