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Without further ado, let’s dive into our favorite NBA betting plays for Saturday's fun slate.
Chicago Bulls (-5) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
This is a very intriguing matchup on Saturday night. Both sides are missing a key player in Zach LaVine and Jarrett Allen, so who’s going to step up when called upon? In this one, it’s hard to bet against DeMar DeRozan and the Bulls. If DeRozan gets hot early, it’s going to be a long night for Cleveland. We feel confident wagering on Chicago to cover the 5-point spread here.
Pick: Bulls -5
PrizePicks Power Play: DeMar DeRozan over 30.5 points, Darius Garland over 23.5 points, Nikola Vucevic over 10.5 rebounds, Evan Mobley over 9.5 rebounds
Golden State Warriors vs. Milwaukee Bucks (-2.5)
This could very well be in an NBA Finals preview, but the Warriors are still without Draymond Green. Going up against Giannis Antetokounmpo, this could turn into a worst-case scenario for the Warriors. It’s hard to imagine this game not coming down to the wire, but the equalizer in our opinion is Giannis’ dominance around the basket. Bet big on Giannis and the Bucks to pull off an impressive road victory in Golden State.
Pick: Bucks -2.5
PrizePicks Power Play: Giannis Antetokounmpo over 30.5 points, Stephen Curry over 25.5 points, Khris Middleton over 20.5 points, Kevon Looney over 8 rebounds
Denver Nuggets (-6.5) vs. Toronto Raptors
In my opinion, the current frontrunner for the MVP award should be Nikola Jokic. Putting together an even better campaign than last season, Jokic is well on his way to potentially winning back-to-back MVPs. For the Raptors, coming off an impressive road victory last night over the Phoenix Suns, the Denver altitude could play a serious factor here. If tired legs show up early for Toronto, Jokic and the Nuggets should have their way. Lock in the Nuggets to cover the 6.5-point spread as one of our best bets for Saturday night in the Association.
Pick: Nuggets -6.5
PrizePicks Power Play: Nikola Jokic over 25.5 points, Pascal Siakam over 22.5 points, Gary Trent Jr. over 19.5 points, Monte Morris over 13.5 points