OAKLAND, CA, Sporting Alert – Tim Duncan will sit out for the San Antonio Spurs when they visit the Golden State Warriors in the highlighted NBA game on Monday night.
The matchup at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California, will see the two clubs with the best records in the league this season going head-to-head in a Western Conference face-off.
San Antonio (38-6) revealed in the build-up to the game that experienced center Tim Duncan will sit out this one due to knee soreness, although sources are saying Spurs coach Gregg Popovich wanted to take some of the hype out of the matchup this early in the season.
Duncan, who is an important member of the Spurs’ No. 1 ranked defense, is averaging 8.9 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game in 17.51 minutes this season.
The Warriors (40-4) are 20-0 at home this campaign and start as 5-point favorites to extend this streak to 21 straight wins, with the game’s total sitting at 210.5 points.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, Monday night’s NBA meeting between Golden State and San Antonio “will bring together the best combined winning percentage in NBA history between teams that have played at least 40 games each.”
Together the Spurs and the Warriors have an 88.6 winning percentage, which sits above the Bucks and Lakers (.871, 1/9/1972) and Celtics and 76ers (.833, 1/24/1967), reports Elias Sports Bureau.
When the game tip-off Monday night, San Antonio will look to extend its winning streak to 13 straight games, while its record on the road sits at 14-6.
Small forward Kawhi Leonard is averaging 20 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game for the Spurs this season, while LaMarcus Aldridge comes in averaging 15.9 points and 8.9 boards per contest.
For the Warriors, Stephen Curry averages 30.1 points, 6.6 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game. The reigning MVP is also shooting 51-percent from the floor overall and 45.1 percent from 3-point range.
Draymond Green of the Warriors leads the NBA with the most triple-doubles per game with eight, while Klay Thompson is averaging 20.5 points per game.
NBA Fixtures, TV Channels
Monday, January 25
Minnesota at Cleveland 6:00 PM NBATV FSN FSOH
Boston at Washington 6:00 PM CSNN CSNB
Miami at Chicago 7:00 PM SUN CSNC
Orlando at Memphis 7:00 PM FSFL
Houston at New Orleans 7:00 PM FSN
Atlanta at Denver 8:00 PM ALT
Detroit at Utah 8:00 PM FSDE+ ROOT
Charlotte at Sacramento 9:00 PM CSAC
San Antonio at Golden State 9:30 PM NBATV FSSW CSNB