San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Lakers (+1, 197)
The Lakers have found their new head coach in Mike D'Antoni but he won't be on the sideline Tuesday when Los Angeles hosts the San Antonio Spurs. D'Antoni, a former head coach with the Suns and Knicks, was hired in the wee hours of Monday morning and won't join his new team until later this week. Instead, interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff will lead the Lakers, who've lost three of the past four times San Antonio visited Staples Center.
The Spurs are off to a 6-1 start for the second time in the past three seasons. This game wraps a four-game road swing on the West Coast for San Antonio, which is coming off back-to-back wins at Sacramento and Portland. Typically known for their sound fundamentals, the Spurs currently rank next-to-last in the league in turnovers (16.6 per game) after committing 61 total miscues in the three prior games on this trip. TV:
10:30 p.m. ET, NBATV, Fox Sports Southwest (San Antonio), TWC SportsNet (Los Angeles). ABOUT THE SPURS (6-1, 4-2-1 ATS):
The reserves stepped up in Saturday's 112-109 win at Portland, with Gary Neal pouring in a career-best 27 points to lead San Antonio to a 63-4 advantage in bench points. Point guard Tony Parker is expected back in the lineup after missing the Portland game with the flu. Tim Duncan currently leads the Spurs in scoring, rebounding and blocks. He's also got four double-doubles, most recently going for 23 points and 12 rebounds in Friday's 97-86 win at Sacramento.
ABOUT THE LAKERS (3-4, 3-4 ATS):
Bickerstaff has led Los Angeles to back-to-back wins after the Lakers fired Mike Brown on Friday morning after the team got off to a 1-4 start. Former coach Phil Jackson was the popular choice to replace Mike Brown, and was in negotiations to return but when talks broke down, the Lakers turned elsewhere. The actual date of D'Antoni's debut has yet to be determined as D'Antoni is recovering from recent knee replacement surgery. TRENDS:
* Under is 7-2 in the last nine meetings in Los Angeles.
* Under is 20-8 in the last 28 meetings.
* Spurs are 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 vs. NBA Pacific.
* Lakers are 2-7 ATS in their last nine vs. NBA Southwest.BUZZER BEATERS:
1. Lakers PG Steve Blake underwent an ultrasound for an abdominal strain after Monday's shootaround and will miss the contest. At least he traveled to the hospital in style; Kobe Bryant took Blake for the procedure in Bryant's helicopter.
2. D'Antoni is reuniting with PG Steve Nash, who ran the coach's quick-paced offense to perfection while Phoenix posted five straight 50-win seasons. However, Nash is out for at least another week with a stress fracture in his left leg.
3. Spurs G Danny Green has made a 3-pointer in 25 straight regular-season games dating back to last season. That's the longest active streak in the league.