Congrats, we’ve made it to Saturday. As a way to celebrate, we’ve got a fun little six-game card filled with five afternoon games. With so much to choose from, let’s survey DraftKings Sportsbook for some player props, totals and sides to bet. You can follow me on Twitter (@KennyDucey) for any late adds.
Here’s what jumps out to me today.
The Celtics have lost five of six, and have failed to cover in five of their past seven. The games these days don’t matter for Boston, who can’t elevate out of the play-in tournament and can’t fall into the “loser’s bracket” if you will. With the lack of motivation comes a lack of bodies, too; Boston is missing Jaylen Brown (wrist), Kemba Walker (neck), Marcus Smart (calf), Robert Williams (toe) and Tristan Thompson (chest) for this one, and appears to be mailing it in completely. Minnesota has played some inspired basketball over the past month to close the season with some promise, and this revamped offense will be ready to pounce on Saturday.
The Spurs, like the Celtics, have already seen their fate sealed. They will be in the bottom bracket of the play-in tournament, claiming the last playoff spot out West. Because of this, they’re sitting DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl, and have a laundry list of injuries aside from those two. Dejounte Murray and Rudy Gay are both out as well, leaving the rotation razor-thin and comprised of guys from the end of the bench. Phoenix has been awful on defense over the past five games, with the worst defensive rating in the league, but this collection of players shouldn’t bother them. It’s weird for me backing a Suns team that hasn’t appeared interested in winning, but technically they can lock up the top spot out West with two wins and a loss by the Jazz to the Kings. They should do enough to win comfortably.
I’d already fancy the Heat to pull out a win over the Bucks with the form these teams are in, and I especially love Miami with how much is on the line here. The Heat are fighting with the Knicks and Hawks for home-court advantage in the East and should come out guns blazing here. Milwaukee ranks 24th in defensive efficiency over the past 10 games, and the Heat have a top-five offense over that span. This one should be pretty academic, even with both sides coming in almost fully healthy. I’m fading this Bucks defense and backing one of the league’s hottest scoring units.
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