Another huge day in the NBA and we’ve plucked out the two best games to have a bet on for Saturday.
There is great value to be found in the game between the Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers. We’ve also analysed the Oklahoma City Thunder’s chance against the Atlanta Hawks.
indiana @ boston
february 27th 11:30am
Boston Celtics are out to end a three-game skid when it battles the Indiana Pacers at the TD Garden on Saturday.
Sitting with a winning ledger at 15-14 heading into a three game road trip, the Celtics had a time to forget and succumbed to losses against the New Orleans in overtime, the Dallas Mavericks and the Atlanta Hawks.
It is now all about redemption and how the Celtics can respond to losing momentum at a critical stage of its season.
The Indiana Pacers will be no easy beats.
Road trips for the Pacers have been quite fruitful this year.
With a 9-5 record on its travels, the fourth-placed side in the Western Conference would be brewing with confidence despite falling short against the Golden State Warriors at home on Thursday.
Malcolm Brogdon has been impressive on the road this year in the absence of Caris LaVert who continues to recover from a serious health scare.
Brogdon has averaged 19.8 points per game away from home as well as seven assists and five rebounds.
While the Celtics will attempt to nullify his influence, the Pacers will have to worry about their own defensive end.
Jayson Tatum is likely to cause headaches for the Pacers defensive stocks after a disappointing 13-point display in the 127-112 loss against the Hawks.
Tatum rarely plays as badly as he did on Thursday and will be eager to get back into the point-scoring form he has shown all season which has him averaging a team-high 25.6 points per game.
With the season series split at 1-1 between the franchises, Boston now gets the advantage of playing the Pacers on their home deck. There is no place like home, especially after a poor road trip.
The Celtics are on a hot streak covering the spread on its last four occasions when facing a team with a winning record at the TD Garden.
Boston to get back into the winners list.
Suggested Bet: Boston Celtics to cover the -2.5 point spread.
Suggested Same Game Multi:
Leg 1: Celtics to cover the point spread
Leg 2: Jayson Tatum to score over 24.5 points
Leg 3: Total points under 219.5
Combined odds = $5.5
atlanta @ oklahoma
february 27TH 12:00pm
Following a heart stopping three-point win over the San Antonio Spurs, the Oklahoma City Thunder will take charge against the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday from the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored a career-high 42 points in the 102-99 win over the Spurs but it was Lu Dort who stole the show with a game-winning three-pointer as time expired.
In what is the first of a two game series this season between these teams, the Hawks, too, bring in winning form after starting its five-game homestay by disposing of the Boston Celtics with a 127 to 112 victory on Thursday.
Danilo Gallinari could do no wrong from beyond the arc as he set a franchise record by burying 10 three point attempts to post 38 points, shooting at 81% from the field.
Both teams have injury concerns heading into this one with handy shooting guards on either team to miss.
Bodgan Bogdanovic is set to miss the match for the Hawks with a knee injury, while Thunder guard Hamidou Diallo recovers from a groin injury.
Interestingly, the Thunder rarely play in high-scoring games off only one day breaks.
The last six games the Thunder has played with a one day rest has resulted with the unders prevailing in the total points scored market.
While Oklahoma was awe-inspiring in its win over the Spurs, the 5-10 home record looks in danger of becoming worse off again here.
Expecting the Hawks to prevail in this one and a low-scoring affair to manifest on court.
Suggested Bet: Atlanta Hawks head to head at $1.49
Suggested Same Game Multi:
Leg 1: Atlanta Hawks head to head
Leg 2: Total points scored under 224.5
Combined odds = $2.63