Spurs (45-34 SU, 41-37-1 ATS) at Wizards (32-47 SU, 38-41 ATS)
Friday 7:00 P.M. ET
Free NBA Pick: Spurs ATS
Best Line Offered: Bovada
The Wizards have finally come to the harsh reality as an organization that they will not be achieving any of the goals that they set as a group before the season began. The most identifying act that Washington has thrown in the white flag was the firing of longtime Team President, Ernie Grunfeld. The sudden shift in the managerial role of the Wizards signaled that the team’s main priority for their last three games of the season is not necessarily winning.
The San Antonio Spurs will look to improve their playoff position when they visit the Washington Wizards on Friday.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich will look to stick around after being ejected in two of the Spurs’ last three games, both losses. On Sunday, Popovich was ejected Sunday during the third quarter of a loss to Sacramento, when he came onto the court to berate an official for an out-of-bounds call. Wednesday’s ejection came much earlier. Popovich appeared angered over a non-foul call and was given a technical. He soon received another from a second official, earning an exit just 63 seconds into a game against the Denver Nuggets.
On Thursday, the Spurs announced they signed forward Donatas Motiejunas, who has spent the past two seasons in the Chinese Basketball Association. He previously spent five seasons in the NBA with the Houston Rockets and New Orleans Pelicans, averaging 7.4 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.
The Wizards (32-47) dropped a 115-114 decision to the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday when Walt hit two free throws with 1.8 seconds remaining. It was Washington’s first game since the dismissal of team president Ernie Grunfeld after 16 seasons on Tuesday. The Wizards led by as many as eight points in the fourth quarter. They trailed 113-112 before Chasson Randle hit two free throws with 12.7 seconds to play.
The Spurs are coming into the game favored by seven points and that is just enough margin of error that they should be able to cover on the road against a Wizards team that has only covered three of their last ten games.