It’s our second NBA Saturday of the season, and we have a packed game list starting at 5:10 pm ET. With so many games, there are so many opportunities to earn money. This is what jumps out at me DraftKings Sportsbook.
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Wolves of the Woods -130
It seems like there is no limit to the quality of the Timberwolves after their big win over the Bucks. This team ranks fourth in defensive efficiency and will be hoping to keep that up against a talented Nuggets team that struggled on offense early on.
I watch the battle in the post here. We know how important Nikola Jokic is to the Nuggets, and I’m a little concerned considering Minnesota is second in field goal percentage allowed under 10 feet. On the other side of things, the Nuggets have the third worst rating.
I think Karl-Anthony Towns can, at the very least, match Jokic here and lead Minnesota and this messy young group to a victory.
Less than 215.5
It reminds me a lot of Friday’s Nuggets-Mavericks game. There is a super low total here, but this is the one we need to tackle.
The Heat have the best defensive rating in the league, which should really set the tone for this game. Both teams are ranked 18th in terms of pace and are among the top two in the league in terms of bounce rate, so it’s easy to see a rock fight here. I think there should be a physical battle inside with a transition game and all three being a rarity.
I also don’t think the Grizzlies’ defensive note does them justice, considering they were set on fire by the Jazz in the second half last week without Steven Adams and Jaren Jackson Jr. on the court. With these guys they probably win this game and their defensive rating is much better.
I’m not the Utah Jazz’s biggest fan this year, which doesn’t mean they won’t be in the West’s top five teams. I just think so far this season they have been overpriced and are really a team with problems.
The Bulls have been exceptional, on the other hand, and I think that line on them at home is slightly insulting. Chicago ranks fifth in the defensive standings at the start and succeeded with slow pace and a grind-it-out style behind Nikola Vucevic on the inside and DeMar DeRozan on the small four ball. They are also lethal from 3 points, leading the league in this category.
If there’s anyone who can fight their way through Utah’s defense here, it’s Chicago. Utah has been exploitable on the post-up for the past two years and that could open things up from three, which is difficult to do against Utah.
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