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NBA Saturday Tips & Previews, 28th January

It's a big Saturday of basketball and BetDeluxe looks at all five games to give you the inside running.

The cream of the crop is taking to the court in a jam-packed slate of NBA this Saturday. BetDeluxe profiles all five games.

Pacers vs. Bucks

28th January 11:00am

Milwaukee will enter this match-up as firm favourites with BetDeluxe as they look to make it 10-straight wins over the Pacers.

The Bucks secured a handy victory over Denver in their last outing, with Giannis Antetokounmpo dominating with 33 points and 14 rebounds. Giannis has dropped 29 and 33 in his two games since returning from injury as he makes a push for another MVP Award.

The Pacers were gallant in defeat against the Magic after giving up a 46-29 buffer in the first quarter and eventually going down 126-120. Myles Turner finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds, while Benedict Mathurin led the way with 26 points.

The Bucks will be without Bobby Portis again after his MCL and right ankle sprain, but they should still be too strong for the Pacers.

Suggested Bet: Milwaukee to win at $1.30

Timberwolves vs. Grizzlies

28th January 11:30AM

The Memphis Grizzlies will be keen to eat a home-cooked meal after this match as they look to end a four-game losing streak on the road. Despite 29 points and 12 assists from Ja Morant, they suffered a narrow two-point loss to the Warriors on Thursday.

On the flip side, the Timberwolves are back at .500 on the season following their 111-102 victory over the Pelicans. Anthony Edwards was unstoppable with 37 points, while Rudy Gobert collected 17 points and 12 rebounds.

Edwards has been flying with an average of 37.3 points over his last three games and the 2020 No. 1 draft pick will be looking to send the Grizzlies home without a win to their name.

Suggested Bet: Memphis to win at $1.63

Thunder vs. Cavaliers

28th January 12PM

The Thunder will be looking to bounce back from their loss to Atlanta, where their 132 points were franked by the Hawks’ 137.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is at another level right now, dropping 36 points after 34 and 37 in his previous two games.

The Cavaliers are on a four-game winning streak against the Thunder. They’ll be on the 24-hour back-up following their match with the Rockets but should prevail if they can curtail the influence of Gilgeous-Alexander and Josh Giddey.

Heat vs. Magic

28th January 12PM

The Heat will be flying high against the Magic after pulling off a 98-95 victory over the Eastern Conference-leading Boston.

It was made even more impressive given they did it without Jimmy Butler, who was a late scratching because of a back issue. Bam Adebayo starred with 30 points and 15 rebounds in Butler’s absence.

The Magic has also found something of late after securing their second straight win in a high-scoring affair against the Pacers, 126-120. All five starters dropped 13+ points, with Paolo Banchero leading with 23 and Gary Harris dropping 6/6 from beyond the arc.

There’s form on both sides of the court here, but the Heat should prevail with Butler potentially coming back.

Suggested Bet: Miami/Miami Half Time/Full Time at $1.67

Warriors vs. Raptors

28th January 2PM

The late game will attract serious interest from punters as the Warriors continue to fight for playoff contention.

They returned to .500 on the season with a 122-120 win over the Grizzlies. Steph Curry was outstanding with 34 points before being ejected for throwing his mouthguard in response to an errant Jordan Poole shot.

The Raptors were far too strong for Sacramento and ran out 113-95 winners. Pascal Siakam dropped 26 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in a dominant display, while five players score 16+.

Every time we think the Warriors are back, they seem to drop off, but they need to start stringing games together.  

Suggested Bet: Golden State to win at $1.44

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