|SPURS||Manu Ginobili 18.9||Tim Duncan 9.7||Tony Parker 7.0|
|HORNETS||David West 19.0||Emeka Okafor 10.4||Chris Paul 9.7|
The San Antonio Spurs (37-6) begin a difficult and road-heavy stretch of their schedule tonight when they visit the New Orleans Hornets (28-16) at the New Orleans Arena.
The Spurs will try to end the Hornets’ seven-game winning streak as they open their three game road trip against another surging Western Conference team. New Orleans is coming off a dominating performance in a 100-59 victory over Atlanta last night.
The Hornets’ winning streak is the second-longest in the league behind San Antonio.
The Spurs have held the Hornets to 92.7 points per game while winning two of three meetings this season, including a 109-84 home victory on December 5 in which San Antonio shot 58.6% from the floor.
New Orleans has allowed 100 points or more in regulation nine times this season — twice against San Antonio. The Hornets have been especially stingy during their seven-game winning streak, giving up 86.3 points per game and are 17-5 at home this season.
KEYS TO THE GAME
Offense — Their offense starts with Chris Paul and David West. Plus they should get added offensive boost from Belinelli and Okafor.
Defense — Contain Duncan on the inside and limit Ginobili, Parker, and Jefferson’s dribble penetrations. They also have to be wary of the Spurs outside shooters.
Spurs — George Hill – sprained right thumb (day-to-day), Matt Bonner – sore right knee (day-to-day)
Hornets — Trevor Ariza – ankle tendinitis (day-to-day), Aaron Gray – sprained ankle (day-to-day)
The Spurs must avoid a slow start and match the Hornets’ energy. The team that controls the rebounds and dominate on the inside will win this game. The Spurs will with this game 99-93 and extend their win streak to nine games.