Game: Golden State Warriors @ San Antonio Spurs
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Odds: Warriors -9, Spurs +9
Tonight in the Alamo City, the San Antonio Spurs and the Golden State Warriors will play in a game that will go down in history. Tonight’s game is expected to break the NBA’s regular season attendance record. By Wednesday, more than 63,000 tickets were sold. The previous record was set in 1998 when 62,046 fans watched Chicago play Atlanta at the Georgia Dome.
The Alamodome’s stated capacity, which would include standing-room tickets, is 68,000 for Friday’s game. The previous NBA attendance record at the venue—which served as the Spurs’ home court from 1993 to 2002—was 39,554 for San Antonio’s Game 2 victory over the Knicks in the 1999 NBA Finals.
The largest crowd to ever watch an NBA game was when 108,713 people watched the NBA All-Star Game in 2010. That game was held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The first half of the Spurs’ 50th season has been challenging. San Antonio has lost three straight games and six of its last seven. Following a 121-113 loss to Memphis on Monday, San Antonio lost 135-129 to the Grizzlies on Wednesday. After missing three games due to a hamstring injury, Keldon Johnson made a comeback and led the Spurs in scoring with 24 points on Wednesday.
Tre Jones added 22 points for San Antonio, which also received contributions from Jakob Poeltl (17 points), Doug McDermott (15 points), Zach Collins (14 points, 12 rebounds), Josh Richardson (12 points), and Jeremy Sochan (11).
The Spurs trailed for the majority of the game, but Richardson’s jumper with 2:41 left in the game trimmed Memphis’ lead to three points. That was as close as the Spurs would get.
Golden State has also lost three straight games, all at home. The Warriors lost to Detroit and Orlando before a 125-113 loss to Phoenix spoiled the return of Stephen Curry to the Warriors’ starting lineup.
After missing the previous 11 games due to a separated shoulder, Curry scored 24 points to go along with Klay Thompson’s game-high 29 points and Jordan Poole’s 27 points from the bench. Phoenix was playing without six of its regular rotation players but still beat the Warriors. That has been Golden State’s story this season in a nutshell.
The Warriors are 4-2 SU in their last six games against San Antonio. Prior to their three-game losing streak, Golden State won five in a row and went 4-0-1 ATS in those games. San Antonio’s only win in its last seven games came against Detroit last Friday. The Spurs are 5-0 ATS in their last five games though. San Antonio is also 5-1 ATS in their last six home games.
Both teams trend Over in game totals. All of the Warriors’ last nine road games have gone Over the total. The total has gone Over in 11 of San Antonio’s last 13 games. For the season, Golden State’s O/U record is 23-17-1. San Antonio’s is 24-16-2.
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