Check out our betting notes on Saturday’s NBA action:
Chicago Bulls at Dallas Mavericks (-5.5, 190.5)
Dallas is 1 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Lakers for the No. 8 spot in the West and had a three-game winning streak snapped on Thursday. Bulls F Joakim Noah (plantar fasciitis) and G Marco Belinelli (abdominal strain) will both be game-time decisions. Chicago is 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings.
Orlando Magic at Atlanta Hawks (-11.5, 197.5)
The Magic snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 97-92 home victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday. But point guard Jameer Nelson suffered a sprained ankle in the first quarter and did not return. His status is unclear for Saturday, putting more pressure on a lineup featuring three rookies and a second-year player. The Hawks have won all three meetings this season, limiting Orlando to an average of 76 points. The over is 7-0 in the Magic’s last seven Saturday games.
Charlotte Bobcats at Philadelphia 76ers (-10.5, 195)
The Sixers have won two of three away from home after halting a 15-game road drought. Although Charlotte has won three of its last six, two of the losses were hard to watch. The Bobcats were steamrolled by 32 points in Miami last Sunday and fell behind by 30 points in the second quarter of Friday's 111-102 home defeat to the New York Knicks. Philadelphia has won the past five meetings and held Charlotte under 90 points in four of them. The Sixers are 4-0-1 ATS in their last five home games.
Los Angeles Clippers at Houston Rockets (-1.5, 206)
The Los Angeles Clippers' bid for a franchise-record 50th victory was delayed for at least a night, meaning the Clippers will try for the historic win when they travel to Houston on Saturday in search of their sixth consecutive win against the Rockets. Houston has been held under 100 points in three consecutive games for the first time since a four-game stretch from Nov. 3-10. The under is 7-0 in the Rockets’ last seven home games.
Memphis Grizzlies at Minnesota Timberwolves (+4.5, 186.5)
The Grizzlies have dropped five straight road games and will be playing the second night of a back-to-back after securing a home win over the Houston Rockets on Friday. The Timberwolves beat the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday and have taken three of five. Memphis has won 10 straight against Minnesota but will be making its first trip of the season to the Target Center. The home team is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings.
Oklahoma City Thunder at Milwaukee Bucks (+5.5, 207.5)
This is the first of two meetings this season. Oklahoma City won the only meeting last season, and the teams have split their past 10 contests. The Bucks have won seven of their last nine against Western Conference teams, but are only 3-12 ATS in their last 15 home games.
Brooklyn Nets at Utah Jazz (-3.5, 189.5)
The Utah Jazz have caught the Los Angeles Lakers for the eighth and final playoff position in the Western Conference and are set up nicely in their bid to land the postseason spot. Saturday’s game against the visiting Brooklyn Nets starts a stretch in which Utah plays six of seven at home and the Jazz are 26-9 in their friendly environment. Brooklyn G Joe Johnson (quadriceps) will likely miss his fourth straight game. The over is 8-1 in the Nets’ last nine overall.
Indiana Pacers at Phoenix Suns (+7.5, 186.5)
The Suns have lost five straight games and nine of their last 10. Indiana has won three straight, including an impressive 103-78 victory at Dallas on Thursday. The win came hours after the Pacers learned that former All-Star Danny Granger will have season-ending left knee surgery. The underdog is 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings.
Los Angeles Lakers at Sacramento Kings (+4.5, 215.5)
Kobe Bryant is expected to be in the lineup when the Los Angeles Lakers visit the Kings. Bryant is hobbling with a foot injury and is considered probable. Point guard Steve Nash is suffering from a hip injury and is questionable. Sacramento has scored 100 or more points in 20 of its last 23 contests and the over is 7-0 in Los Angeles’ last seven games following a loss.
Portland Trail Blazers at Golden State Warriors (-7.5, 202.5)
Portland will be playing the second of a back-to-back set after falling to Utah at home on Friday. The Trail Blazers are still alive in the playoff race in the West but are running out of time to make up ground with each passing game. Portland is also dealing with an ankle injury to All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge that kept the forward out of the lineup on Friday and will force him to sit again on Saturday. The under is 8-1 in the Warriors’ last nine vs. Western Conference foes.