Kyrie Irving
Kyrie Irving needs to come out with a better performance if they want to get a win over the Spurs at home on Tuesday. Photo by Dustin Satloff/Getty Images


  • The Nets will try to bounce back from a loss when they play the Spurs
  • The Nets hold the regular-season series lead against the Spurs
  • Brooklyn goes for a bounce-back win without Kevin Durant and Ben Simmons

The San Antonio Spurs are trying to find ways to stop the bleeding, and doing so will not be easy on Tuesday, January 17 when they host the powerhouse Brooklyn Nets.

The Spurs are set to face the Nets at the AT&T Center in a meeting of two teams looking to rebound from losses.

The Nets are looking to get back on the winning track after dropping a 102-112 decision to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Brooklyn failed to contain the young pair of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Josh Giddey in that game as the two cagers finished with 28 points each.

Seth Curry led the way with 23 points, while Nic Claxton finished with a double-double performance of 17 points and 13 rebounds.

The Nets played without Kevin Durant, who is out with a sprained knee ligament.

"The challenge for us as a group (is) to be able to sustain," Nets coach Jacque Vaughn said. "That is harder mentally and physically because [Durant] does save you at times and give you a bucket, and now your defense is set. So the challenge with this group is they have to dig in and have a mental fortitude greater than before. Because every possession does matter."

The Nets are scoring 115.6 points per contest, the fifth-highest in the league right now.

Moreover, Brooklyn is only allowing 110.6 points per contest also fifth-least in the league.

The Spurs are on a five-game losing streak, and critics see another loss over the horizon.

Jakob Poetl manned San Antonio's losing effort against the Sacramento Kings last Sunday, January 15 with 23 points and seven rebounds.

Josh Richardson came off the bench to contribute 21 points and four assists

"I think we are all aware that this is a learning season for us," Poeltl stated. "Even for the guys that have a little bit more experience, a lot of us have different goals trying to do different things out there. It's a learning experience for all of us."

The Spurs have an offensive rating of 111.2, the 26th highest in the league.

It doesn't get any better on defense with San Antonio allowing 121.7 points per game for a defensive rating of 119.5, which is last in the NBA today.

Oddsmakers pick the Nets as -5 favorites to prevail over the Spurs, who are at +5.

The moneyline is -227 for Brooklyn and +160 for San Antonio.

The Spurs brace for the Nets on Tuesday with game time set at 8:00 PM ET.

It will be telecast over Bally Sports SW-SA with live streaming available via the NBA League Pass.

Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs will have their hands full trying to hold off a win-hungry Nets five on Tuesday. Justin Ford/Getty Images