The San Antonio Spurs leave the friendly confines of AT&T Center - where they've won 14 straight - to try to improve on one of the NBA's best road records when they travel to Atlanta to take on the struggling Hawks on Saturday. The Hawks have dropped seven of their last nine and are coming off a 94-89 loss at Brooklyn on Friday.
The Spurs have won three straight after a 95-88 home win over Golden State on Friday, but they're looking to snap a three-game road losing streak as they begin a two-game East Coast swing. They nonetheless boast the league's fourth-best road mark at 13-9. It's the first of two meetings this season. The Spurs have won the past three contests, including the only one last season.
TV: 7 p.m. ET, Fox Sports Southwest (San Antonio), SportSouth (Atlanta)
ABOUT THE SPURS (31-11): San Antonio's depth has taken a hit, as key reserve Manu Ginobili (12.9 points) will miss his third consecutive game with a hamstring injury. The Spurs still have their veteran leaders, though, with Tony Parker (19.6 points, 7.2 assists) and Tim Duncan (17.3 points, 9.6 rebounds) leading the way. Duncan recorded his 19th double-double of the season Friday with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Gary Neal (10.4 points) also averages double digits, and Tiago Splitter (9.9 points), Danny Green (9.6 points) and Kawhi Leonard (8.7 points) are capable of big nights.
ABOUT THE HAWKS (22-17): Atlanta is banged-up, as center Al Horford (15.5 points, 9.6 rebounds) sat out Friday with hamstring and calf pain, guard Lou Williams (14.1 points) left the game against the Nets with a right knee sprain and reserves Anthony Morrow (back) and DeShawn Stevenson (knee) continue to miss time. Jeff Teague (13.3 points, 6.6 assists) picked up some of the slack Friday with 21 points and 10 assists for his sixth double-double of the season, but the Hawks need more from leading scorer Josh Smith (16.4 points, 8.3 rebounds), who scored 12 points against the Nets.
1. Horford expects to return against the Spurs, but Williams will need an MRI to determine the extent of damage to his knee.
2. Smith (9,633) moved past Eddie Johnson into eighth on the Hawks' all-time scoring list Friday. Next up is Kevin Willis (10,582).
3. Duncan (823) is tied with Gary Payton for playing in the eighth-most games won in NBA history. John Havlicek and Sam Perkins are tied for sixth with 824.