#Betting101: Two Tired NBA Teams to Fade This Weekend

Jason Lake

Thursday, January 4, 2018 1:55 PM UTC

Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 1:55 PM UTC

Beating the NBA odds is always more difficult when you don’t get enough rest. Here’s a couple of weary teams to consider fading for your basketball picks on Saturday.

They’re playing way too many games. It’s one of the worst things about professional sports: Out of sheer greed, the NBA (and pretty much every other league) puts their players through the wringer, with 82 regular-season games – and all the travel in between – before they even get to the playoffs. Then the league gets salty whenever smart coaches give their superstars a day off. Sad!

At least we can benefit from their misfortune. Tired teams have trouble beating the NBA odds, not just because they’re tired, but also because the betting public doesn’t feel their pain. If you read that first paragraph and said “Boo-hoo, I’m a multi-millionaire who has to play two days in a row, somebody call a WAAAHmbulance,” you might be a member of the betting public. In which case, welcome to #Betting101. Here are two NBA teams you might want to put in your fade column this Saturday.

Chicago Bulls at Indiana Pacers (7 p.m. ET)

On Wednesday, the Bulls (13-24 SU, 22-14-1 ATS) lost to the Toronto Raptors at United Center. Then the Bulls will hit the road and play the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night before visiting Indiana (19-18 SU, 20-17 ATS) on Saturday. That’s three games in four nights, plus travel. By the time they get to Indianapolis, the Bulls will have played seven games since Christmas. The Pacers, on the other hand, will have played five games during that span, and they’ll enjoy two days off before hosting Chicago. Hardly seems fair.

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Denver Nuggets at Sacramento Kings (10 p.m. ET)

You think that’s bad? The Kings (12-25 SU, 15-19-3 ATS) will get three days off before they host Denver (19-17 SU, 17-18-1 ATS) on Saturday. The Nuggets had a nice break for New Year’s, but like the Bulls, they’ll be playing their third game in four days. Denver beat visiting Phoenix on Wednesday at the Pepsi Center, then the Utah Jazz come to town on Friday, and it’s off to Sacto. Be prepared to put the Kings in your NBA picks if the lines look good, and may the sphere be with you.

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