San Antonio Spurs vs Golden State Warriors NBA Pick – January 20

The NBA is set up with another great night of action on Wednesday night. Ten games are up on the board throughout January 20. San Antonio and Golden State will meet up in one of these games. These two teams have had strong starts to the new season and will look to keep it going in this one. This game will tip off at around 10:00 PM Eastern time.

San Antonio has earned a record of 8-6 throughout this season so far, which has them sitting in fifth place of the Western Conference. The Spurs have won back to back games coming into this one. San Antonio has been off to a solid streak after starting out the season at 2-4. The Spurs will look to knock off Golden State as they meet on January 20.

The Warriors have put up a record of 7-6 to this point in the season, which has earned them the seventh seed in the Western Conference. Golden State was able to win their last game, which ended a two game skid. The Warriors will look to build upon that win as they enter this game. Golden State has been solid to open up this season and will look to set the pace in this one.

These two teams have put up very similar records to this point in the season. These two teams had disappointing finishes to last season, but will look to make the postseason in this campaign. I expect both teams to try and set the pace on Wednesday night as they look for a win in this matchup. If either team can come out hot, it could be enough to earn the win.

Previous Matchups

The Spurs and the Warriors met up twice throughout last season. Golden State hosted the first game on November 1. D’Angelo Russell dropped 30 points on the night, while Jordan Poole scored 20 points. It was not enough though. Patty Mills scored 31 points off the bench, while LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 22 points. San Antonio was able to take over for a 127-110 win.

The second game of the season series was hosted by the Spurs on December 31. Alec Burks put up 28 points and Glenn Robinson dropped 25. Damion Lee added 20 points, but it was not enough for the Warriors. DeMar DeRozan finished with 24 points, while Patty Mills dropped 18 points off the bench. LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds as San Antonio won 117-113 in overtime.

These two teams met up twice throughout last season with the Spurs sweeping the season series. Golden State put up a better fight in the second game of the season series forcing overtime. The Warriors could still not get it done though. San Antonio has won three in a row over Golden State and four of their last five coming into this one. The Spurs will look to keep it up against the Warriors on Wednesday night.

Field Goal Shooting

San Antonio has been solid shooting the ball from deep this season, but have struggled inside the arc. The Spurs have made 44.7 percent of their shots from the field, which is 19th in the league. San Antonio is shooting 37 percent from behind the arc, which is 12th in the NBA. The Spurs have also shot 58.5 percent from in close, which is 29th in the league.

The Warriors have not been great shooting the ball throughout the early part of this season. Golden State has made around 44.4 percent of their shots from the field, which is 23rd in the NBA. The Warriors have also shot 35 percent from behind the arc, which is 20th in the league. Golden State has made 51.3 percent of their shots inside the arc, which is 19th in the NBA.

The Spurs have been the better shooting team in the early part of the season. Golden State has been the better team on defense though. The Warriors have held opposing teams to a 44.9 percent shooting percentage from the field, which is 8th in the league. San Antonio has allowed their opponents to shoot 46.5 percent from the field, which is 21st in the NBA.

Top Performers

DeMar DeRozan has been the leader for San Antonio to open up this season. DeRozan is averaging 20.5 points and 7 assists per game. Dejounte Murray has averaged 15.5 points per game. Patty Mills, LaMarcus Aldridge and Keldon Johnson are all averaging around 14.5 points per game. Lonnie Walker has averaged 13 points per game, while Rudy Gay is averaging 11.5 points per game.

Stephen Curry has taken back over for the Warriors after missing last season with injury. Curry has averaged 28 points and 6 assists per game. Andrew Wiggins is averaging 18 points per game, while Eric Paschall has averaged 12.5 points per game. Kelly Oubre Jr. is averaging 12 points per game and James Wiseman has averaged 10.5 points per game.

These two teams have been led by their stars early in the season. DeRozan has been a strong player for San Antonio early in this season, while San Antonio has had a strong showing from their bench. Curry has been a big player for this Warriors team this season. Both teams could have some players step up to help their stars, which could make a big difference in this one.

Pick Overview

The Warriors are coming into this one after losing three straight games to San Antonio. Golden State is looking to break that losing streak with a win in this one. The Spurs have won back to back games entering this one, but I think they could have it end on Wednesday night. I think that the Warriors can come out hot at home on January 20 to give Golden State the win.

BetOnline has the Warriors listed as a -2 against the spread in this one. This gives a solid edge to Golden State on Wednesday night. I agree with this line as the Warriors are at home. Golden State was swept by the Spurs last season, but I think that the Warriors will open up this season with a win. I like Golden State to take over early in this matchup to earn a big win.

Golden State Warriors -2
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.