It is a mild Saturday throughout the NBA. Now we have 5 video games scheduled, together with two on NBA TV: Timberwolves vs. 76ers (7:30 p.m. ET) and Jazz vs. Path Blazers (10 p.m. ET).
Our group of bettors are concentrating on participant, whole and unfold betting for tonight’s matches. You could find their in-depth evaluation and finest bets for Saturday beneath.
NBA odds and picks
Toronto Raptors vs. Atlanta Hawks
Joe Dellera: The Hawks and the Raptors remind me of one another, neither is especially gorgeous, however each are fiery with almost equivalent information. They’ve size, taking pictures and a dedication to protection, however we proceed to anticipate them to show the nook this season.
One of many Raptors’ flaws is that they permit the sixth-highest 3 hit within the league, however extra particularly the second-highest hit from the nook. Whereas doing a good job defending over the break, the Raptors permit their opponents to shoot 39.3% from nook 3s.
One participant who can profit from this for Atlanta is De’Andre Hunter. He takes 14% of his seems to be from the nook whereas taking pictures 46.4% on these seems to be (a group excessive). He is topped 1.5 3s in six of 10 video games, together with a three-pointer towards Toronto on Halloween and I will again him to empty 2 from lengthy vary to more cash.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Philadelphia 76ers
Chris Baker: Minnesota has a two-day relaxation benefit over the 76ers who performed final evening towards a bodily Milwaukee group. Minnesota additionally has the well being benefit as there may be presently nobody injured.
Philly must be down at the very least Tyrese Maxey, however they may be with out Tobias Harris who missed final evening’s recreation with a hip harm. With a number of stars, Philly will look to Joel Embiid to attain a big utilization fee.
The issue with that’s that Minnesota really has a defender able to guarding it with Rudy Gobert at middle. Between Gobert, Cities and McDaniels, the T’wolves have the size to disrupt Embiid on the offensive finish.
There have been 180 possessions with James Harden and Tyrese Maxey each off the sector and all through this pattern the 76ers are averaging simply 101.7 factors per 100 possessions (third percentile). Their tempo additionally slows much more as they solely have a 12.8% transition fee with out Maxey and Harden.
This group is struggling massively on the offensive aspect with out its two beginning guards and I anticipate that to proceed tonight. This group positively improves defensively with out Harden and Maxey, as they rank within the 97th percentile, permitting simply 102.7 out of 100 factors with these two guys out.
We should always see much more minutes from Matisse Thybulle, De’Anthony Melton and PJ Tucker and if Tobias Harris is judged I feel that may elevate their defensive ceiling even additional.
I feel these groups match up nicely right here and anticipate the tempo to be a lot slower with the 76ers lacking their two beginning guards. I’ll play this below as much as 216.
Utah Jazz vs. Portland Path Blazers
Austin Wang: The Jazz pulled off a powerful win the place they beat the Suns 134-133. They needed to flip round and go in a single day to Portland, the place they are going to be on the highway and within the second recreation in a row.
After such an in depth recreation that ended with such a good margin, I see disappointment for the Jazz. Moreover, they shot an unreal 56 p.c from the sector and 16 for 31 from behind the arc (51.6 p.c). It isn’t sustainable and I see some regression from a vastly improved Blazers protection that’s ranked sixth within the defensive ranking.
The Blazers harm report seems to be clear. Damian Lillard and Anfernee Simons are again within the lineup after every missed a couple of video games earlier in November. The clutch issue is powerful on this duo, and I belief them to retire within the fourth quarter when the Jazz get drained.
With these situational elements in thoughts, I make this line Blazers -6 and I’d play Blazers all the way down to -4.
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