The Most Important Matchups and Best Bets for Saturday’s NBA Slate
The NBA has six games on their Saturday schedule, and one of them involves a matchup that was considered one of the best rivalries in the Eastern Conference. Yesterday’s card featured some surprising upsets as the Pistons notched their first win of the season as 8.5-point underdogs against the Celtics. Detroit’s record now sits at 1-4. In Brooklyn, the Atlanta Hawks defeated the Nets for the second time in three nights on the road. The Hawks were 6.5-point underdogs and are now off to a 4-1 start to the season. Let’s take a look at some key matchups to watch on today’s card.
The Hawks will be tested tonight as they host the Cavaliers in their third game in four nights and their fourth game in six nights. Early bettors seem to have been alerted to a possible letdown spot for the Hawks after they defeated a Nets team that many pundits feel has a legitimate chance to represent the East in the NBA Finals. The Cavaliers opened up as 6.5-point underdogs and currently have been bet down to 5.5.
The rivalry between the Knicks and the Pacers these days isn’t as heated as when Patrick Ewing and Reggie Miller were on opposite benches. Both teams are still capable of putting a good showing on the court, as evidenced by the Knicks’ 130-110 win over the Bucks. The Knicks will be looking to exact some revenge against the Pacers after losing 121-107 to start the season. While bettors have yet to tip their hand as to which side they prefer, there’s been a small move on the Pacers from -9 to -9.5.
It’s been a tough start to the season for the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors are just 1-3 to start the year and could string together a winning streak after beating the Knicks on Thursday night. Toronto heads to New Orleans to take on a Pelicans team that defeated them 113-99 to start the season. Bettors have been looking to fade the Raptors this season, especially considering the unique circumstance that has them playing their home games in Tampa Bay due to Canada’s travel restrictions. New Orleans is attracting the sharp money early on as one-point underdogs.
Notable Line Moves
- Thunder +7.5 to +.5.5
- Hornets-Sixers 213.5 to 216.5
- Cavaliers-Hawks 234.5 to 229