We have betting picks and predictions for three of the best NBA games played this Saturday.
Only two days of the regular season remain and now is a great time to find value. We preview Cavaliers vs Wizards, Jazz vs Thunder and Pelicans vs Warriors.
NBA Betting Tips
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Washington Wizards @ Capital One Arena
The Wizards lost consecutive games to the Atlanta Hawks, but they should have won them both.
Washington had a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter on Thursday, but failed to make an impression in the final three minutes. A win would have secured a play-in spot, but now a win over Cleveland is likely needed to seal the deal.
Beating Cleveland hasn’t been hard for Washington this season, which has a 2-0 record. The Wizards scored a 119-110 win before winning 122-93 in Cleveland.
The Cavaliers have been in tank mode, but they defeated the Boston Celtics to snap an 11-game losing streak. It was a strong performance, which more showed the inability of the Celtics than the ability of the Cavs.
With the Wizards wanting to win this game and the Cavaliers already on holiday, the home team should win. Russell Westbrook has been playing amazing basketball and he is good enough to lead this team through the playoffs.
They will get Bradley Beal for the playoffs, but Westbrook should do enough to beat the Cavaliers by himself.
Bet: Washington Wizards –7 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Utah Jazz vs Oklahoma City Thunder @ Chesapeake Energy Arena
The Jazz have lost their last two games, but they have been playing without their two best offensive weapons.
Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley are out for this game, but the likes of Rudy Gobert and Joe Ingles are picking up the pieces. They were beaten by Golden State and Portland, but they were tight games.
Utah will take plenty of benefit from those performances and it doesn’t need a healthy roster to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder, which are riding an eight-game losing streak.
It doesn’t get much worse for the Thunder, which failed to score over 100 points in four consecutive games before scoring 106 last time on court. They are struggling to score and not having Luguentz Dort in the lineup is killing them.
He is the top scorer after they lost Shai Gilgeous-Alexander earlier this season. They continue to lose their best players and it hasn’t helped the win/loss column.
It could be a tricky game for punters as the current line is 13.5 points, which is a sizable spread. Utah doesn’t have two of its top scorers, but will the Thunder turn up and play defense?
We suggest backing Utah 1-10, which pays $3.20. It’s the safer option and punters get lovely value.
Bet: Utah Jazz 1-10 @ $3.20 – Bet @ Sportsbet
New Orleans Pelicans vs Golden State Warriors @ Chase Center
We’re not sure how the Pelicans have a shot of making the play-in tournament, but a win over the Warriors could see it happen.
They are 31-39 and have never looked like making the playoffs this season, so to be in this position is a win in itself. However, they have to get past one of the hottest teams in the NBA.
Steph Curry and the Warriors have won their last four and seven from the last 10 games. They suffered a loss to the New Orleans Pelicans last week, but fired back with wins over the Thunder, Jazz, and Suns.
There is talk that Klay Thompson could return for the playoffs, and although we won’t play on Saturday, the thought should excite his teammates.
Curry, who has put his hand up for MVP, has increased his average to 31.8 points per game. He is one of the most consistent players in the league and there are no boundaries.
New Orleans will struggle without Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram, and they could potentially be without Lonzo Ball. Therefore, we suggest backing the Warriors and with confidence.
Bet: Golden State Warriors to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 – with a focus on horse racing, NRL, AFL, NBA, Rugby, NFL, and US college sports. Daryl’s tips have been featured on various websites around the world before joining the GoBet team. When he’s not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.