Rockets to lift off early, and the NBA bets you need to make this Saturday

Nov 30, 2019 |
Rockets to lift off early, and the NBA bets you need to make this Saturday
The Rockets have gotten out to quick starts this season averaging 59.4 first half points on their home court.
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The Rockets have gotten out to quick starts this season averaging 59.4 first half points on their home court.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports

It’s a light Saturday of NBA action with just four games on the betting board. But expect some great defense on display as the Nuggets travel to Sacramento to take on the Kings, while the Pacers and 76ers tip off in Philly.

Monique Vág brings you the best betting notes, props and predictions from around the league to help you win your wagers on the hardcourt.

ROAD NUGGETS

The Denver Nuggets are 4-point favorites as they travel to Sacramento to take on the Kings with the lowest game total of the night at just 206.5. Denver has won six straight contests, nine of their last 10 overall, and nine its last ten matchups versus the Kings.

Meanwhile, the Kings rank 27th in scoring offense averaging only 104.5 a game, and continue to play shorthanded with Trevor Ariza, Marvin Bagley III, and De'Aaron Fox all out once again with injuries. Take a well rested Denver squad to cover the 4-point as small road favorites.

 

EXCELLING ON DEFENSE

Both Denver and Sacramento have been average offensively, but the Nuggets rank first in opponent points per game allowing just 101.9 per contest, and the Kings 11th at 108.2. The Under has been a profitable play for both of these teams, cashing in seven of the last eight Kings games and six of the last seven for the Nuggets versus a Pacific Division opponent. Expect defense to be an emphasis for both squads and bet Under the game total of 206.5.

STRUGGLING TO SCORE THE ROCK

The Indiana Pacers put their five game winning streak on the line as they travel to Philadelphia to take on the 76ers. The Sixers are in a bit of a slump offensively, averaging only 98 points per game over their most recent three contests.

Defensively, Philly has held opponents to a league low 97 points on their home court and should be able to slow down the Pacers who have been efficient in terms of shooting percentage, but only average 108.1 points per game away from home. With both teams ranking towards the bottom of the Association in terms of possessions per game, expect a slower pace and another defensive showing from both. Bet Under the game total of 208.

LOW VOLUME

The Milwaukee Bucks have won ten straight and seven of their first eight home games. Today, they host a Charlotte Hornets squad as 13-point home favorites.

Milwaukee's Eric Bledsoe has not attempted a lot of shots recently, shooting 4-of-9 and 4-of-6 from the floor in his most recent two games. Look for another lower scoring game out of Bledsoe going up against a Hornets squad holding opposing point guards to a low 19.6 points per game. Bet Under his points total of 16.5.

EARLY EFFICIENCY

The Houston Rockets are biggest favorites of the night, laying 14 points as they host the Atlanta Hawks who have lost nine straight games.

The Rockets have gotten out to quick starts this season averaging 59.4 first half points on their home court and in their last three games versus the Hawks, they average 60.6 heading into half. With the Hawks on a quick turnaround playing on the tail end of a back-to-back going up against a Rockets squad shooting the ball really well, back Houston on the first half spread of 6.5.

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