We have betting tips for three of the best NBA games on Saturday.
There are three quality games on the NBA Sunday card, including 76ers vs Heat, Magic vs Grizzlies and Warriors vs Lakers.
NBA Betting Picks
Philadelphia 76ers vs Miami Heat @ FTX Arena
The Philadelphia 76ers have gone 4-0 since James Harden arrived and their offensive output has been impressive.
They have scored totals of 123, 133, 125 and 123 points since Harden made his 76ers debut, so the Miami Heat will need to be at their best.
The Heat have won four of their last five games and were unlucky not to beat the Milwaukee Bucks. They lost 120-119 on a late layup, which cost them their winning streak.
They boast an impressive 21-7 record at home and Tyler Herro has stood up with 20.4 points per game, so his output has picked up.
Bookmakers should have a close market framed, but we give the edge to the 76ers despite being on the road. They have the one-two combination of Harden and Joel Embiid, which is tough to defend and they’ll need to score over 120 points to win.
Take the value with the visitors.
Bet: Philadelphia 76ers
Orlando Magic vs Memphis Grizzlies @ FedEx Forum
The Memphis Grizzlies continue to impress and Ja Morant has emerged as an MVP candidate.
They bounced back from consecutive losses with consecutive wins over the Chicago Bulls and the San Antonio Spurs.
Packed with headline plays and exciting basketball, the Grizzlies have reinvigorated the franchise and they’re a chance of making a deep run in the playoffs.
Memphis has a 21-10 record at home, which could be too much for the struggling Orlando Magic to overcome, but they do like to keep games close.
Despite being 15-48, the Magic defeated Houston and Indiana in consecutive games before losing to Indiana in overtime.
They’re good enough to keep games close and cover spreads. Bookmakers should have the Grizzlies as double-digit favourites, so take the Magic to push them to their limits in what could surprise punters.
Cole Anthony has been playing well enough for the Magic with 17.4 points per game, and although he’s not on the same level as Morant’s 27.6 PPG, we’ve seen enough to bet the Magic with confidence.
Bet: Orlando Magic + points
Golden State Warriors vs Los Angeles Lakers @ Crypto.com Arena
There isn’t much going the way of the Los Angeles Lakers, who don’t have much outside of LeBron James and Russell Westbrook.
The lack of shooting is a big problem and with three consecutive losses since the All Star break, the time off hasn’t helped them at all.
Losses to the Clippers, Pelicans and Mavericks are simply not good enough and it doesn’t bode well against the Golden State Warriors, who need a boost themselves.
The Warriors have lost four of their last five games since Draymond Green went to the sidelines. The defensive leader would have helped the Warriors, who allowed 129 points against Minnesota.
Steph Curry is doing his thing, but he needs help and Andrew Wiggins isn’t doing enough, especially with Klay Thompson on the sidelines.
We’re going with the Warriors to get the job done. They have higher aspirations and we can’t trust the Lakers to do much at the moment.
Bet: Golden State Warriors
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