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Best Bets: BasketballNews' NBA picks and fantasy advice for 2/26/22

Best Bets: BasketballNews' NBA picks and fantasy advice for 2/26/22

Every day, BasketballNews.com gives you NBA betting analysis before tip-off. Make sure you subscribe to our daily podcast, “Nothing But Bets” on Apple Podcasts, Spofify or wherever you listen to your podcasts. This season, “Nothing But Bets” is up hundreds of dollars on PrizePicks.
 
Without further ado, let’s go ahead and dive into Saturday’s best NBA betting action.

Atlanta Hawks (-5) vs. Toronto Raptors

This is going to be a fun one on Saturday night in Atlanta. In a battle between two Eastern Conference foes, we’re siding with the home team here because of a gut feeling on Trae Young. When Young gets going, he’s one of the best offensive engines in the entire Association. If that happens, we feel very confident in riding with Atlanta. Trust your gut — at least I am at the moment — and lock in the Hawks.

Pick: Hawks -5

PrizePicks Power Play: Trae Young over 26.5 points, Pascal Siakam over 22.5 points, Clint Capela over 11.5 rebounds, Fred VanVleet over 6.5 assists 

Chicago Bulls vs. Memphis Grizzlies (-2)

The DeMar DeRozan show isn’t going to stop now, right? I was stunned to see the Bulls as home underdogs when looking through the lines. I know Memphis is one of the best teams in the Western Conference over the last few months, but Vegas is really going against DeRozan’s magic lately? We’re not going to bet against that, especially with the historic pace DeRozan is currently on. Hammer the Bulls, especially as two-point underdogs.

Pick: Bulls +2

PrizePicks Power Play: DeMar DeRozan over 30.5 points, Ja Morant over 27.5 points, Zach LaVine over 22.5 points, Desmond Bane over 19.5 points

Cleveland Cavaliers (-8) vs. Washington Wizards

This is a great value play. How is this spread not at least double-digits in favor of Cleveland? The Wizards are on the second night of a back-to-back, which began with a double overtime loss to the San Antonio Spurs. Fatigue will play a major factor here, so we’re rolling with the Cavaliers’ dominant big man duo to reign supreme and take control.

Pick: Cavaliers -8

PrizePicks Power Play: Kyle Kuzma over 20.5 points, Evan Mobley over 16.5 points, Jarrett Allen over 10.5 rebounds, Corey Kispert over 1.5 assists

Miami Heat (-12) vs. San Antonio Spurs

Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich already announced multiple starters were resting tonight in Miami after their double overtime victory over Washington. This spread has since ballooned from -7.5 to -12 in favor of Miami. Even with the big jump in points, we’re still hammering the Heat with emphasis. Miami is way too well-balanced on both sides of the court to have any slippage here versus the Spurs.

Pick: Heat -12

PrizePicks Power Play: Jimmy Butler over 21.5 points, Bam Adebayo over 10.5 rebounds, Kyle Lowry over 6.5 assists

Milwaukee Bucks (-9.5) vs. Brooklyn Nets

This would have been a lot more fun if Kevin Durant and Ben Simmons were suiting up for the Nets. Instead, we have Kyrie Irving leading a depleted group without their two front court stars on the road in Milwaukee. In what should be a great atmosphere on their home floor, we are loving the Bucks big. Giannis and the Bucks will be able to easily discard this current version of the Nets, which will look way different for a potential rematch come postseason play. Milwaukee rolls, so feel confident wagering on the 9.5-point spread.

Pick: Bucks -9.5

PrizePicks Power Play: Giannis Antetokounmpo over 31.5 points, Kyrie Irving over 24.5 points, Khris Middleton over 19.5 points, Andre Drummond over 9.5 rebounds

Denver Nuggets (-8.5) vs. Sacramento Kings

Denver and Sacramento have endured a few awesome battles recently. The Kings are so much more fun to watch lately after the Domantas Sabonis trade, but it’s not going to be enough on Saturday against Nikola Jokic’s Nuggets. The MVP is putting together another jaw-dropping campaign in terms of overall efficiency and offensive brilliance. Jokic is one of the best players in the NBA, and he’s going to put on a show tonight to prove it.

Pick: Nuggets -8.5

PrizePicks Power Play: Nikola Jokic over 27.5 points, De’Aaron Fox over 23.5 points, Domantas Sabonis over 12.5 rebounds, Aaron Gordon over 5.5 rebounds

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