The NBA season is in full swing now and there’s a great card of games scheduled for this Saturday.
The Pacers vs. Rockets, 76ers vs Thunder and Kings vs Lakers should provide punters with plenty of excitement and good betting opportunities.
We look at the form for all teams on the schedule. Here are our NBA betting tips for this Saturday!
Indiana Pacers vs. Houston Rockets @ Toyota Centre
The Pacers and the Rockets are playing well this season, which sets us up for a good Saturday NBA battle.
Indiana is 7-4 on the season and Domantas Sabonis is doing it all for the Pacers. He is averaging almost 20 points per game with 13.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists.
That’s a great line and although the Pacers don’t have the star power of the Rockets, they could get under their skin.
Houston scored a quality win over the Clippers on Thursday. They had a big lead, let it slip, but came back with a late fourth-quarter surge.
James Harden went for 47, which was required as Russell Westbrook picked up four first-quarter fouls. That’s something you don’t see often, but they pulled through.
Houston does have some injury concerns to deal with, but their core unit is still healthy. As long as James Harden, Westbrook and Capella are fit, they’re tough to beat.
This game could be close throughout the first three quarters, but expect the Rockets to take over in the concluding stages.
Defending Harden has been nearly impossible for some teams and we can’t see Indiana being any different.
Tip: Houston Rockets to win – Bet Now
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder @ Chesapeake Energy Arena
It hasn’t been all smooth sailing for the 76ers this season. However, when they’re fully fit, they’re tough to beat.
Philadelphia has the duo of Joel Embiid and Australia’s own Ben Simmons. When they are both on the court at the same time, opposing defenses struggle.
“Load management” has robbed fans of seeing their true potential this season, but it should be all hands on deck for this game.
The Thunder have done well at 4-7 considering they lost their best player in Russell Westbrook. They don’t have a superstar on their roster and this will be a development year.
That being said, they have scored a few upset results already this season and all four season wins have come at home.
If Shai Gilgerous-Alexander averages around 20 points and he gets some help from the swing men, the Thunder could give the 76ers a run for their money.
However, Philadelphia is strong across the court and they should be just good enough to score the win.
Tip: Philadelphia 76ers to win – Bet Now
Sacramento Kings vs. LA Lakers @ STAPLES Centre
We’re unsure if Anthony Davis will return for this game, but either way, the Lakers should prove tough to beat.
They managed well without Davis when beating the decimated Golden State Warriors on Thursday, but that win was to be expected.
LA is currently 5-1 at home and they’re showing why they were pre-season favourites to take home the NBA Championship.
LeBron isn’t quite the force he used to be, but he’s averaging 23.9 points per game and his defense has improved significantly.
He knows in order to be good in the west, you not only need to score over 110 per game, but defense will set you apart.
Defense is something the Kings don’t know much about, but they always possess upset claims. They are 4-6 on the season and Harrison Barnes has been solid for them.
The former Warrior is averaging 15.6 points per game and although he’s not a high-profile player, the Kings will only improve with time.
Bookmakers should have the line around –7 in favour of the Lakers and we’re confident they can cover.
Tip: Los Angeles Lakers –7 (projected line) – Bet Now