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Miami Heat vs. Denver Nuggets
Saturday, August 01, 2020 – 01:00 PM EDT at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Kissimmee, Florida
The opening game on Saturday should be a highly entertaining one despite this being an advantage for Denver on paper. The Miami Heat are tough, athletic and deep with contributors, but the Nuggets possess one of the most unique rosters, and are similarly deep. The Nuggets will force opponents into their style of play and pulverize less-talented front courts.
This should be highly competitive, which is why the line sits at only 1.5 despite the Nuggets
Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
Saturday, August 01, 2020 - 03:30 PM EDT at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Kissimmee, Florida
It's surprising to see the Thunder favored in this matchup. As well as they've outplayed expectations, they're a mediocre defense and closer to average offense that relies on deep shooting to succeed. While that works occasionally, the Jazz are a strong defensive team and great shooting team as they limit possessions.
As Utah's last-second win against New Orleans showed, they have so many positives with their lineup flexibility that they'll push stronger teams to uncomfortable limits. The Thunder will be close, but I prefer the value on the underdog this matchup as I trust the season trends. I will take the Jazz +105 at 5Dimes. (Visit our 5Dimes Review).
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Los Angeles Clippers
Saturday, August 01, 2020 - 06:00 PM EDT at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Kissimmee, Florida
If you haven't seen Zion Williamson play this season for whatever reason, he's must-see TV. The No. 1 overall pick has been tremendously entertaining, and even in this matchup where they're deservedly a considerable underdog, he'll keep the game fun regardless of the results. But New Orleans is tough and can push the roster-limited Clippers.
The lack of depth on Doc Rivers' bench was a major issue against the Lakers on opening night and could certainly bite us as we take the points in this. Watching Paul George come through in the clutch plus the unguardable Kawhi Leonard still has me banking that their starting lineup is about five points better than the Pelicans. For my NBA picks, I will add the Clippers -4.5 (-110) at Bovada. (Visit our Bovada Review).
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Indiana Pacers
Saturday, August 01, 2020 - 07:00 PM EDT at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Kissimmee, Florida
The 76ers have been terrific at home (29-2) but terrible on the road, so how will they perform on a neutral court? Their huge lineup will always win the height game but I don't like this line against a feisty and healthier Indiana team with the great backcourt duo of Victor Oladipo and Malcolm Brogdon. The Pacers' ability to throw two talented big men at the 76ers' own bigs is a neutralizing factor.
This should be an offensive struggle based on both of their play styles and individual defensive baselines. Both are competent shooting teams but really win from within the paint, making this a throwback compared to what the league has evolved into. That bodes well for a very close and competitive
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Toronto Raptors
Saturday, August 01, 2020 - 08:30 PM EDT at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Kissimmee, Florida
The Lakers have been phenomenal on their way to clinching the West's top seed and they're justifiably the favorites to win the NBA Final. However they're not necessarily playing for as much right now as Toronto is, and the Raptors are habitually capable of winning against elite tier foes. I think they upset the Lakers outright as Pascal Siakam and their variety of shooters put the Lakers into a tough spot since they struggle to shoot from deep.
Toronto's one of the best teams in the league statistically on both sides of the ball just like the Lakers. It's not a