NBA Saturday

With the NBA regular season in full swing, the action continues to heat up and this weekend bettors will have plenty to feast on other than the bowl games. The Association’s got a tasty, healthy and satisfying menu of 15 games, including 11 today. Since most bettors probably won’t be able to sink their teeth into all of them, here is a sample of the best point spread picks from Saturday to keep bettors hungry and happy.

Toronto Raptors +4 at Orlando Magic -4

This may not be the most exciting game of the day to sit down and watch, but it should be very profitable as the Magic are getting four points on the Raptors at home today. Not only is Toronto playing much better lately than it was at the beginning of the season, winning six of its last 10 games, but the Raptors have had a distinct advantage on the Magic so far this season. Toronto won each of the previous two match-ups between the teams this season, with the most recent coming last week in Toronto. Take the Raptors to cover +4 and win outright in this one.

Cleveland Cavaliers +8 at Brooklyn Nets -8

After making a recent coaching change, the Nets are a team in transition and there’s a reason for the change of course; the Nets are not playing well. So, it’s time to take advantage and take the Cavs to cover +8 here. Since the Cavs are missing their big man, Anderson Varejao for this game, I wouldn’t be too comfortable in taking them to win outright, especially on the road, but considering the Nets are 4-6 in their last 10 and are searching for some leadership, I think it’s a good time to jump on the Cavs wagon today.

Oklahoma City Thunder -4.5 at Houston Rockets +4.5

This game should be the most entertaining of the day as the two highest scoring NBA teams do battle in Houston. It also involves the new rivalry between James Harden and his former team, a rivalry that the Thunder took the upper hand in during the teams’ first meeting a month ago when they won 120-98. Although the Rockets are playing better at the moment and are at home, I expect more of the same from the Thunder against this squad. Look for OKC to win this shootout and cover -4.5 on the road.

Boston Celtics +3.5 at Golden State Warriors -3.5

The Celtics have yet to find their mojo, especially on the road where they are just 5-9 this season, while the Warriors have continued to be one of the league’s big surprises, jumping out of the gates to a 20-10 start with a 9-4 record at home. Although Boston has dominated the series with Golden State lately, this Warriors team looks to be a different animal. Take the hot Warriors to cover -3.5 at home and earn the sweet victory, sending the Celtics below .500 for the first time in seven weeks.