2018-2019 San Antonio Spurs Team Preview and Betting Picks
SAN ANTONIO SPURS
AT&T Center – San Antonio, Texas
Gregg Popovich – Head Coach
Western Conference – Southwest Division
2017 Record: 47-35
The San Antonio Spurs will without a doubt have a different look to them in 2018-2019. No longer on the team is Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard, Manu Ginobili or Danny Green.
There will be new players on the starting lineup but this is anything but a “Re-building process” as the Spurs have some key talent on the starting lineup that can make an immediate impact. Additionally, the Spurs no longer have to worry about drama on the sidelines, such as they had last year with Kawhi Leonard, and can now move on with the players on the roster without headaches of Kawhi Leonard drama.
Let’s dig a bit deeper into the 2018-2019 San Antonio Spurs and determine where we think they will end up.
San Antonio Spurs Coaching
The San Antonio Spurs are led by 5x NBA Finals Champion and 3x NBA Coach of the Year, Gregg Popovich. Popovich is the longest tenured Head Coach in the NBA, coaching the Spurs since 1996 when he took over the team.
Popovich missed the postseason in the first year he was with the team but since that time, has led the Spurs to the postseason in every single year and having a 21-year consecutive playoff season run.
Popovich has a 1738-1197 record as the Head Coach of the Spurs and it should be said that the Spurs are the only team he has ever served as the Head Coach.
San Antonio Spurs Offseason Transactions
- June 21, 2018 – The Spurs used their 1st round NBA Draft selection to pick 18th and take Miami Hurricanes Shooting Guard Lonnie Walker.
- June 22, 2018 – The Spurs used their 2nd round NBA Draft selection to pick 49th and take USC Trojans Power Forward Chimezie Metu.
- July 4, 2018 – The Spurs lost Joffrey Lauvergne in free agency, who later signed with Fenerbahce.
- July 9, 2018 – The Spurs lost Kyle Anderson in free agency, who later signed with the Memphis Grizzlies.
- July 11, 2018 – The Spurs re-signed Davis Bertans to a 4-year contract worth $14.5 million dollars.
- July 11, 2018 – The Spurs re-signed Rudy Gay to a 1-year contract worth $10-million dollars.
- July 18, 2018 – The Spurs traded Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green to the Toronto Raptors for DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poltl.
- July 20, 2018 – The Spurs re-signed Bryn Forbes to a 2-year contract worth $6 million dollars.
- July 20, 2018 – The Spurs signed free agent Marco Belinelli, formerly of the Philadelphia 76’ers, to a 2-year contract worth $12 million dollars.
- July 20, 2018 – The Spurs signed free agent Dante Cunningham, formerly of the Brooklyn Nets, to a 1-year contract worth $2.5 million dollars.
- July 23, 2018 – The Spurs lost Tony Parker in free agency, who later signed with the Charlotte Hornets.
- July 31, 2018 – The Spurs waived Brandon Paul.
- August 27, 2018 – The Spurs lost Manu Ginobili, who retired from the NBA.
- August 29, 2018 – The Spurs signed Quincy Pondexter, formerly of the Chicago Bulls.
San Antonio Spurs Starting 5
Bryn Forbes (PG) – This should be the spot that was held for Dejounte Murray, however, he went down in the preseason with a blown ACL. That should have then went to Derrick White however he is down with a foot injury. Next up was Lonnie Walker…..well, he went down with a knee injury. That leaves the Spurs with having Shooting Guard Bryn Forbes at the PG position.
DeMar DeRozan (SG) – DeRozan came to the Spurs in the trade to part ways with Kawhi Leonard and he will now team up with Aldridge to serve as the main scorers for the Spurs.
Rudy Gay (SF) – Gay is a 12-year veteran that is on the downside of his career. Gay has battled injuries over the past 2 seasons and the Spurs are hoping he can split time with Marco Belinelli to keep him fresh throughout the season.
LaMarcus Aldridge (PF) – Aldridge should average in the mid 20’s this year and should move into more of a leadership role with the Spurs being “His Team”. In the past, he has played second fiddle to Kawhi Leonard but he is now the man in San Antonio and it’s his to run with.
Pau Gasol (C) – Gasol is one of the better big men in the league. He is going to average low double-digits in scoring, just under double-digits in rebounding and he will also dish out some assists throughout the season.
San Antonio Spurs Key Bench Players
Patty Mills (PG) – Mills is the seasoned veteran on the Spurs. He will now assume a bigger role with the current injuries that the Spurs are dealing with.
Marco Belinelli (SF) – Belinelli was brought in as a backup and insurance policy for Rudy Gay. Belinelli is a capable replacement for Gay in case of injury and to keep Gay’s minutes reasonable.
2018 Predictions and Betting Outlook for San Antonio Spurs
Prior to the start of the season, I was all in on the Spurs but since preseason, a lot has changed with this team. For starters, the injuries at PG are abundantly obvious and without a real leader running the court, I can see this team struggling.
They may decide to run with DeRozan at the point but that isn’t where he wants to play and not where he should be playing. They need him out running the perimeter so he can get off shots.
That all being said, I think they will make the postseason with or without a Point Guard because they have Popovich and the guy simply knows how to get a team to the postseason. He will come up with a way to get production out of whoever is running the PG position but this season, I don’t expect much more than a postseason spot.
Our friends over at MyBookie have set the following lines on the San Antonio Spurs:
- Odds to Win NBA Championship: +7000
- Odds to Win Western Conference Championship: +4000
- Odds to Win Southwest Division: +950
- NBA Regular Season Wins Total: 44.5
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