Indianapolis Star
National Basketball Association
Preview
Indiana at San Antonio
When: 7:00 PM ET, Sunday, January 21, 2018
Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas

The San Antonio Spurs are struggling to build positive momentum while trading wins and losses over the last 11 games, but a stretch of seven of eight at home begins on Sunday with a visit from the Indiana Pacers. The Spurs are an NBA-best 19-2 at home and have not fallen in front of their home fans since Nov. 10.

San Antonio had a chance to secure a positive three-game road trip but dropped the finale 86-83 at Toronto on Friday while shooting 34.1 percent from the floor. The Spurs are averaging 107 points on 48.2 percent shooting in 21 home games but watch those numbers drop to 96 points and 43.3 percent shooting on the road. The Pacers aren't so hot on the road of late, either, and head into San Antonio having dropped the last two games at Portland and Los Angeles while scoring just 86 points in each. Indiana averaged 114.5 in winning at Phoenix and Utah in the first two stops of the five-game trip but shot a combined 38.8 percent from the floor against the Trail Blazers and Lakers in a back-to-back.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, FS Indiana, FS Southwest (San Antonio)

ABOUT THE PACERS (24-22): Indiana's biggest struggles on Friday came from beyond the arc, where it went just 2-of-25. The Pacers weren't much better with a 7-of-26 mark from 3-point range at Portland on Thursday and leading scorer Victor Oladipo is a combined 2-of-14 in the last two games after burying 7-of-12 from beyond the arc in the first two stops on the trip. Reserve swingman Lance Stephenson isn't having much luck on the road and is averaging four points on the trip after going 1-of-18 from the floor over the last two contests.

ABOUT THE SPURS (30-17): San Antonio is once again asking power forward LaMarcus Aldridge to carry the load, and he struggled to 6-of-25 from the floor in Friday's loss to the Raptors. Aldridge is averaging 22.6 points on 48.9 percent shooting for the season and still led the Spurs in scoring with 17 points at Toronto. Kyle Anderson is trying to fill the big hole left at small forward by the absence of Kawhi Leonard (thigh) and matched a career high with 11 rebounds on Friday.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Spurs SG Manu Ginobili (thigh) sat out the last two games and is day-to-day.

2. Pacers SF Bojan Bogdanovic is 2-of-10 from 3-point range over the last two games.

3. Oladipo scored 23 points in Indiana's 97-94 win over San Antonio at home on Oct. 29.

PREDICTION: Spurs 109, Pacers 103
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Indiana 24-22 L2 14-10 10-12 3-1 21-21 8-5 17-12
San Antonio 30-17 L1 19-2 11-15 0-2 30-15 5-3 16-9
Last Meeting
Indiana San Antonio
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
10/29/17 SA 94 IND 97 97 44 46.8 94 44 40.0
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Indiana V. Oladipo 23 50.0 7
San Antonio L. Aldridge 26 47.6 5
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Indiana D. Sabonis 12 2 10
San Antonio L. Aldridge 8 3 5
Assists Player  
Indiana D. Collison 6
San Antonio P. Gasol 5
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Indiana V. Oladipo 1026 48.1 174
San Antonio L. Aldridge 1069 49.4 206
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Indiana D. Sabonis 385 117 268
San Antonio L. Aldridge 403 156 247
Assists Player  
Indiana D. Collison 246
San Antonio P. Gasol 161
Quickchart Matchup
Indiana Indiana Off vs  San Antonio San Antonio Defense
Indiana Off vs San Antonio - Points For 106.5 Points For
Indiana Off vs San Antonio - Points Against 97.6 Points Against
Indiana - FG% 47.8 FG%
San Antonio - FG% 44.7 FG%
Indiana - Reb 42.1 Reb
San Antonio - Reb 42.4 Reb
San Antonio San Antonio Off vs  Indiana Indiana Defense
San Antonio Off vs Indiana - Points For 100.9 Points For
San Antonio Off vs Indiana - Points Against 105.7 Points Against
San Antonio - FG% 45.5 FG%
Indiana - FG% 46.8 FG%
San Antonio - Reb 44.4 Reb
Indiana - Reb 42.9 Reb