NBA Saturday

Bettors are sure to enjoy a nice helping of tasty NBA action today, with 10 games on the menu. Many of today’s match-ups are juicy enough to have you salivating, so why not dig in and cut yourself a slice! Here is a sample of the best offerings from the Association this Saturday.

Golden State Warriors 15-8 at Atlanta Hawks 14-6

Believe it or not, the Warriors and the Hawks are not only among the league’s hottest teams, but they are among the league’s best teams so far this season. Perennial losers, the Warriors have jumped out of the gate at 15-8 and looking as good as ever in recent weeks, winning eight of their last 10. The same goes for the Hawks, which are also on a nice little two-game win streak.

Golden State defeated Atlanta at home earlier this season, but with one of the best defensive squads in the league and with an offense that is starting to gel, I like the Hawks to win this one. Although, I do like the match-up and know things will be close, so I’m actually taking Golden State to cover +6 points in the narrow defeat.

Washington Wizards 3-17 at Miami Heat 14-6

I know what you are thinking. Why are we even talking about this game? Easy win for the Heat, right? Well…not so fast because the Wizards actually have already beaten the Heat this season, as strange as that may be.

Of course, Washington is arguably the league’s worst team, while Miami is arguably the best, so the Heat will always have the advantage, but maybe the Wizards pose match-up problems for them?

When you add in the possibility of LeBron James missing the game with an injured shoulder, things suddenly look a little better for the Wiz. James says he will play, but as we know it’s up to the coach and frankly, I wouldn’t feel to uncomfortable sitting him against the worst team in the league. If I were the Heat’s coach that is.

Bottom line: Washington is great pick to cover +15 points. Even a healthy Heat team might not blow out the Wizards, so this is actually a no-brainer on the other side of things. Take the Wizards to cover the spread.

Rubio is Minnesota's X-Factor

Dallas Mavericks 11-12 at Minnesota Timberwolves 11-9

The T-Wolves has fared alright without some of its best players during portions of the season, but now they won’t have to, as Ricky Rubio is expected to return for today’s game against Dallas. Minnesota would already get the edge at home against an inconsistent Mavs squad, but even more so with Rubio going against the elder statesman, Derek Fisher at PG.

Sure, the Mavs could turn it on, as they’ve done at times this season, but play this one safe and take Minnesota to cover -5 points at home.