Early Betting Odds & Free NBA Picks for Saturday

Matthew Jordan

Friday, November 7, 2014 9:51 PM GMT

Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 9:51 PM GMT

Eight games on the NBA schedule Saturday, including a rare matinee from Los Angeles when the Clippers host Portland. SBR has identified four intriguing matchups to analyze on the NBA odds and trends. All times Eastern.

Knicks vs. Hawks (-5, 194.5)
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Both teams come off a back-to-back, with the Knicks playing in Brooklyn on Friday and Atlanta in Charlotte. This one tips off at 7:30 p.m. New York doesn't seem to be loving the new triangle offense yet as the Knicks rank 29th in the NBA in scoring entering Friday and they have yet to reach 100 points in a game. Carmelo Anthony is struggling, shooting just 40.6 percent from the field. He was a ghastly 5-for-21 for a season-low 13 points in Wednesday's loss in Detroit. Atlanta has played just one home game so far and it was the Hawks' best effort of the season, a 102-92 win over Indiana. New York and Atlanta split four meetings last season, each going 1-1 at home. The New York Knicks have been great in the second of a back-to-back of late, covering six straight dating to last season.

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Celtics vs. Bulls (TBA)
Covered by Jason
It's an 8 p.m. tip here with both teams playing their second game in 24 hours. Boston hosted Indiana on Friday and Chicago visited Philadelphia. The Celtics are healthy, but there was no opening line on this game because of the status of Bulls star point guard Derrick Rose. He was questionable for Friday's game with sprained ankles and certainly will be again here. It would make for a great head-to-head matchup with Boston's Rajon Rondo if Rose can go, but Chicago will lean toward caution there. The Bulls'  Joakim Noah returned Friday from sitting out two games with an illness. Chicago had little trouble sweeping Boston last season.

 

Warriors vs. Rockets (-4.5, 205.5)
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It's not hyperbole to say this is the game of the early season in the NBA thus far and it tips off at 8 p.m. Golden State leads the NBA in scoring and at 4-0 is off to its best since 1994-95 when the Warriors were 5-0. That team actually missed the playoffs. Golden State embarrassed a good Clippers team by 17 points on Wednesday night. David Lee made his season debut off a hamstring injury in that one for the Warriors but aggravated the problem and will sit this one out. Houston has been a bettors' best friend in starting 6-0, winning each game by double digits and covering NBA odds. In addition, all six Rockets games have gone 'under' the total. They are No. 2 in the NBA in scoring defense at 89.7 points per game. Two Houston starters, Terrence Jones and Patrick Beverley, missed the Rockets' win Thursday vs. San Antonio.

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Pelicans vs. Spurs (-7, 197)
Covered by Dave
This is the latest tip of the night at just 8:30 p.m. and will be nationally televised on NBA TV. San Antonio was demolished at Houston on Thursday, but Coach Gregg Popovich was up to his old tricks in holding out veteran stars Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili simply for rest. They will be back in the lineup. Center Tiago Splitter also sat, but he has a calf problem and may miss a few more games. When making your NBA picks keep in mind that the Pelicans ended a two-game skid with Tuesday's 100-91 win over Charlotte. New Orleans hates going to San Antonio, losing seven straight -- by an average of more than 15 points -- and 15 of 16 there.

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