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Without further ado, let’s go ahead and dive into the best NBA plays for Saturday’s slate.
Cleveland Cavaliers (-4.5) vs. Toronto Raptors
In what should be a very evenly matched game between two underrated teams in the Eastern Conference, who holds the noticeable advantages? Toronto will be without Fred VanVleet, while the Cavaliers recently saw Darius Garland return to action. The Raptors have been riding Pascal Siakam and Scottie Barnes as of late, but it’s going to be tough against Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley. Favor the home team and hammer the Cavaliers to cover.
Pick: Cavaliers -4.5
PrizePicks Power Play: Darius Garland over 21.5 points, Pascal Siakam over 21.5 points, Jarrett Allen over 10.5 rebounds, Scottie Barnes over 7 rebounds
Denver Nuggets (-3.5) vs. New Orleans Pelicans
New Orleans has quietly become one of the most fun stories to follow in the Association. Pelicans head coach Willie Green has this group locked in, which has propelled them right into the thick of play-in conversations. However, defending MVP Nikola Jokic is their next opponent in Denver. The Nuggets have stayed afloat all season long because of Jokic’s brilliance, potentially even better than last season. Jokic is set to have one of those jaw-dropping performances in our forecast, so hammer Denver.
Pick: Nuggets -3.5
PrizePicks Power Play: Nikola Jokic over 25.5 points, CJ McCollum over 23.5 points, Will Barton over 14.5 points, Jonas Valanciunas over 10 rebounds
Los Angeles Clippers (-5.5) vs. New York Knicks
Somehow, someway, the Clippers are still standing strong without Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. Seemingly a shoo-in at this point for a play-in spot, the Clippers control their own destiny the rest of the way. In this matchup, we favor Los Angeles because they are way less volatile than the Knicks in terms of consistency. Take the Clippers confidently and lock it in as a best bet.
Pick: Clippers -5.5
PrizePicks Power Play: Julius Randle over 21.5 points, Reggie Jackson over 20.5 points, Ivica Zubac over 9 rebounds, R.J. Barrett over 3.5 assists
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