February 9 NBA Picks of the Day Cavaliers at Pacers and Wizards at Bulls

Saturday, February 9, 2019 4:53 PM UTC

Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 4:53 PM UTC

The Pacers will take care of the visiting and lowly Cavaliers, while the Wizards and Bulls play a game the same week after making a blockbuster trade with each other.

Cleveland (11-44 SU, 24-30-1 ATS) vs Indiana (36-19 SU, 27-27-1 ATS)Saturday 7 P.M. ETFree NBA Pick: Pacers ATSBest LIne Offered: Heritage

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Life without Victor Oladipo might not be so bad for the Indiana Pacers after all. Since their All-Star's season ended with a Jan. 23 knee injury, the Pacers seemingly have righted the ship and have won four in a row -- after losing the first four games without Oladipo.

They can make it five straight on Saturday when they play host to Cleveland in Indianapolis. The Cavaliers have dropped three consecutive games, including a 119-106 decision to the Wizards in Washington on Friday. And even though their record fell to 11-44, five-time All-Star Kevin Love’s return after missing more than three months with a toe injury was cause to celebrate. He played only six minutes and scored four points.

"It was fun to be out there," Love said postgame, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "This is my 11th year and I've seen a lot, done a lot, but coming back off that was a weird feeling.

In Oladipo's absence, Myles Turner and Thaddeus Young have picked up the offense. Against the Clippers, Turner had 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the field, including 3-for-3 from 3-point range. He also recorded four steals and six blocks. Young finished with 14 points, five rebounds, four assists and five steals in just 23 minutes.

The Pacers opened as 13 point favorites against the lowly Cavaliers, who are just 13-15 on the road ATS this season, while the Pacers are 16-12 at home ATS this season. Look for Indiana to take advantage of the Cavaliers playing on the second night of a back to back.

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Washington (23-32 SU, 24-31 ATS) vs Chicago (13-42, 24-29-2)Saturday 8 P.M. ETFree NBA Pick: Wizards ATSBest Line Offered: Pinnacle

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Two teams that were on opposite ends of the same telephone line at the trade deadline take their news looks to the basketball floor Saturday night when the Washington Wizards visit the Chicago Bulls. Actually, both teams debuted their new talent to rave reviews Friday night.

The Wizards ended a three-game losing streak with a 119-106 thumping of Cleveland at home, with newcomer Bobby Portis immediately making himself thousands of new fans.

Acquired from the Bulls with Jabari Parker for Otto Porter Portis poured in a game-high 30 points, his second-most this season, off the bench to pave the way to the win. Parker also played a key role as a reserve, contributing a season-high nine assists along with 11 rebounds, seven points and three steals. He played 23 minutes, with the Wizards outscoring the Cavaliers by 16 points while he was on the floor.

With Portis (12-for-18) and Parker (3-for-6) combining to hit 15 of their 24 shots, the Wizards shot 50.0 percent for the game. It was just the 17th time in 55 games that Washington has made at least half its shots in a game.

The deal for Portis and Parker was labeled a sell-off by the Wizards, who received two players who can become free agents at season's end. Portis insisted to reporters before Friday's game that the transaction gives him something to prove. Coincidentally, neither Portis, Parker nor Porter played when the Bulls won 101-92 at Washington in December in the clubs' only previous meeting this season.

The win was the Chicago's second straight over Washington. Portis had 18 points for the Bulls and Porter 17 for the Wizards when Chicago recorded a home win last April.

The Wizards are just favored by two and a half points against the Bulls at home, and although they have struggled mightily on the road this season (7-20 ATS road record), the new Wizard Bobby Portis will be ready to take care of business against his former team and lead the Wizards to victory.

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