5 things to watch: Spurs vs. Wizards


The San Antonio Spurs (37-11) will host the Washington Wizards (11-34) tonight in San Antonio for the Spurs' last home game before heading off on their annual Rodeo Road Trip. The Spurs will be without Manu Ginobili (hamstring) while Tim Duncan, Matt Bonner, and DeJuan Blair are probable for tonight's contest.

Tonight's matchup will mark the final time the Spurs and Wizards will meet this season. The Spurs won the first meeting in Washington 118-92. Boris Diaw finished with a team-high 16 points while Tiago Splitter finished with 15 points, 12 rebounds 7 assists and 2 blocks.

The Spurs are coming off a 102-78 win over the Bobcats in San Antonio. Tony Parker led the team with 22 points and 7 assists and Kawhi Leonard notched 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals.

The Wizards are coming off a 76-85 loss to the Grizzlies last night. Nene led the Wizards with 14 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds.

So as the NBA-leading Spurs look to extend their home dominance to 18 consecutive win, and capture their 13th consecutive win over the Wizards, here are five things to watch for during tonight's game:

• Spurs' Tiago Splitter is averaging 14.3 points 8.0 rebounds while shooting 65.1 percent from the floor in nine games.

• The Wizards are 0-8 on the road in the second of back-to-backs.

• Wizards' Emeka Okafor is averaging 12.5 points and 13.8 rebounds in his last six games.

• The Wizards are 6-6 since John Wall has returned to the line-up.
• The Wizards are 1-0 on the road when they allow less than 80 points.