Spurs vs Pistons: how to watch, schedule, broadcast live info, game time, TV channel
through 2 quarters
The San Antonio Spurs were the big favorites here for a reason. They unwrapped a big 78-54 lead over the Detroit Pistons at halftime.
San Antonio leaned on small forward Keldon Johnson, who has 17 points and five rebounds, and center Jock Landale, who has 12 points and two assists in addition to three rebounds. Those points put Landale near his season high of 13. One thing to watch out for is Jakob Poeltl’s deplorable situation as he’s currently at three.
Detroit’s top scorers were point guard Frank Jackson (15 points) and small forward Saddiq Bey (13 points).
The Spurs’ lead is the biggest they’ve had this year before the third quarter.
Detroit @ San Antonio
Current records: Detroit 5-26; San Antonio 13-18
What there is to know
The Detroit Pistons are 2-10 against the San Antonio Spurs since January 2016, but they will have a chance to close the gap a bit on Sunday. After a few days of rest for the two teams, they will meet again at 7 p.m. ET on December 26 at the AT&T Center. San Antonio will launch after a win while the Pistons will stumble after a loss.
It was tight but no cigar for Detroit as they lost 115-112 to the Miami Heat last Thursday. Despite the loss, Detroit got a solid performance from power forward Trey Lyles, who had 28 points as well as eight boards and four blocks.
Meanwhile, you can’t lose the game if you win every quarter, and that was precisely San Antonio’s strategy against the Los Angeles Lakers last Thursday. San Antonio hurt Los Angeles with a clear 138-110 victory. Little Spurs forward Keita Bates-Diop looked good as he had 30 points in addition to seven rebounds. Bates-Diop hadn’t helped his team much against the Los Angeles Clippers last Monday, so it was a good turnaround for him. Bates-Diop’s points were the most he had all year.
The Pistons need to know they’re going to fight an uphill battle given the 10-point gap they face. Those who play the odds have seen it come and go with Detroit, which is 15-16 ATS.
Detroit is now 5-26 while the Spurs are 13-18. Two numbers to keep in mind before kick-off: Detroit enters the game with the third most fouls drawn per game in the league at 20.1. But San Antonio enters the competition with just 16.8 fouls per game on average, which is the best in the league. The referee’s whistle could dictate the course of action in the referee.
How to watch
- When: Sunday at 7 p.m. ET
- Or: AT&T Center – San Antonio, Texas
- TV: Bally Sports – Detroit
- Online broadcast: fuboTV (Try free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- To follow: CBS Sports app
- Cost of the ticket: $ 15.40
The Spurs are a big 10-point favorite against the Pistons, according to the latest NBA odds.
Bettors were in line with the betting community on this one as the game opened with a 10 point spread and stayed there.
Over / Under: -110
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History of the series
San Antonio has won ten of its last 12 games against Detroit.
- April 22, 2021 – San Antonio 106 vs. Detroit 91
- March 15, 2021 – San Antonio 109 vs. Detroit 99
- December 28, 2019 – San Antonio 136 vs. Detroit 109
- 01 Dec. 2019 – Detroit 132 vs. San Antonio 98
- February 27, 2019 – San Antonio 105 v Detroit 93
- January 07, 2019 – San Antonio 119 v Detroit 107
- December 30, 2017 – Detroit 93 vs. San Antonio 79
- December 04, 2017 – San Antonio 96 vs. Detroit 93
- February 10, 2017 – San Antonio 103 vs. Detroit 92
- November 11, 2016 – San Antonio 96 vs. Detroit 86
- March 02, 2016 – San Antonio 97 vs. Detroit 81
- January 12, 2016 – San Antonio 109 vs. Detroit 99
San Antonio injury report
- Zach Collins: Out (ankle)
- Dejounte Murray: absent (Covid-19)
Detroit injury report
- Kelly Olynyk: outside (knee)
- Cade Cunningham: absent (Covid-19)
- Rodney McGruder: absent (Covid-19)
- Trey Lyles: absent (Covid-19)
- Chris Smith: out (knee)
- Saben Lee: absent (Covid-19)
- Isaiah Stewart: released (Covid-19)
- Killian Hayes: absent (Covid-19)
- Cory Joseph: released (Covid-19)
- Josh Jackson: Released (Covid-19)
- Jerami Grant: out (thumb)