Saturday’s NBA main slate features seven games to choose from. The action gets underway with a trio of contests at 7 p.m. ET, and the final two games of the evening tip-off at 10 p.m. ET.
Let’s dive into some of my favorite wagers on DraftKings Sportsbook for Saturday’s NBA slate.
Toronto Raptors @ Charlotte Hornets (-2.5):
It’s weird to see the Hornets favored over the Raptors, but Toronto is just so banged up at the moment. Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby have all been ruled out for this contest due to health and safety protocols, which leaves the team without three of their most important players. Overall, the Raptors have 274 minutes with all three players off the court this season, and they’ve been outscored by an average of 14.0 points per 100 possessions.
On the other side, the Hornets are essentially back to full strength. Devonte’ Graham was able to rejoin the lineup in their last contest, and they’re a real threat to make the playoffs with him back in the fold. They rank 17th in the league in Net Rating, and they’ve gone 9-7 with LaMelo Ball in the starting lineup.
Milwaukee Bucks (-11) @ Washington Wizards:
It has been a great year so far for overs on big totals. The over has gone 34-18-1 in games with a total of 235 or more, which is good for a return on investment of 26.6%.
There are plenty of reasons to think this game can go over tonight. For starters, this game should be played at a break-neck pace. The Wizards rank first in the league in pace, while the Bucks are tied for fifth.
The Bucks should also be able to find a ton of success offensively. Washington ranks just 27th in defensive efficiency, and the Bucks are one of the best offensive teams in the league. They just scored 135 points in their last game vs. the Knicks, who entered that contest third in defensive efficiency and dead last in pace. If they can put up that many points vs. the Knicks, they should have no problem doing it against the Wizards.
The bigger question is if Washington can hold up their end of the bargain, but they’ve been playing better on that side of the ball recently. They’ve averaged 112.1 points per 100 possessions over their past 12 games, and Milwaukee has not been the same defensive juggernaut that they were last year.
Dallas Mavericks @ Denver Nuggets (-1.5):
This should be a good game, but Dallas has a major edge in this contest from a rest perspective. Both Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis got the night off in Dallas’ last contest, while the Nuggets will be playing on the second leg of a back-to-back. They squeaked out a one-point win vs. the Grizzlies on the road and then had to immediately get on a plane back to Denver.
These teams are ultimately pretty even when at full strength, so I’ll take the points with the more rested squad.
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