Free Expert NBA Picks in One Odds Report for Saturday's Short Slate

Matthew Jordan

Saturday, March 21, 2015 2:05 PM UTC

Saturday, Mar. 21, 2015 2:05 PM UTC

An unusually light NBA schedule on Saturday, but SBR has you covered with previews on all of them. Here's a synopsis with game-day odds from sportsbooks and all times Eastern. There are no national TV games available.

Nets vs. Pacers (-8.5, 192), 7 p.m.
Covered by: Jason
Brooklyn is going to be totally gassed in this game after beating the Bucks 129-127 in triple overtime on Friday. Currently the Nets are listed as short underdogs on the NBA odds. Oddly it was the second triple-OT games between the teams this season. This time, the Nets rallied from a 14-point second-half deficit. Indiana lost a fourth straight Friday, 95-92 in Cleveland. David West played 12 minutes before leaving with an undisclosed illness so he's questionable Saturday. These teams have played just once thus far this season, a 110-85 Pacers rout in Brooklyn in late December. Rodney Stuckey had 20 for Indiana and West 15 of his 17 in the second half when the Pacers outscored the Nets by 22. Jarrett Jack led Brooklyn with 22 points. The Pacers have won five straight in the series after sweeping in 2013-14. Jason leans Pacers against those tired Nets.

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Bulls vs. Pistons (+3.5, 194.5), 7:30 p.m.
Covered by: Scott
Chicago won a second straight Friday, 108-92 over Toronto. Rookie Nikola Mirotic has been on fire an continued to be with 29 points and 11 rebounds. The Bulls also got back power forward Taj Gibson. He hadn't played since Feb. 27 due to an ankle injury. Gibson played only 10 minutes. Jimmy Butler remains out but is near to returning. Detroit lost for the 11th time in 12 games on Wednesday in its last outing, 94-83 at Philadelphia. Reggie Jackson had his first triple-double as a Piston with 11 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists but shot only 4-for-17 from the floor and had five turnovers. The Pistons played a second straight game without their second-best player, forward Greg Monroe. He's battling a knee injury and is questionable at best against Chicago. The Bulls and Pistons have split two meetings this season, each winning fairly easily at home. Scott, perhaps against his "better judgment" as he says, is taking the points.

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Trail Blazers vs. Grizzlies (-4, 193), 8 p.m.
Covered by: Dave
Portland lost a third straight Friday, 111-104 in Orlando. Portland played the second half without center Chris Kaman, who sat with a right shoulder strain. Memphis won 112-101 in Dallas on Friday and welcomed back star point guard Mike Conley to the lineup after he missed the previous four games. The Grizzlies have won all three meetings this season, although two were close. Thus Memphis could complete a season sweep of Portland for the first time ever. Zach Randolph has averaged 16.3 points and 12.3 rebounds in the three games. With Conley back, Dave leans Memphis here.

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Suns vs. Rockets (-8, 207), 8 p.m.
Covered by: Jason
Phoenix has won two straight, holding the opponents to under 90 points in both. That comes with an asterisk as last Sunday it was the NBA-worst Knicks and then on Thursday the Pelicans managed only 72 points against the Suns playing without superstar Anthony Davis. That win ended Phoenix's five-game homestand and then it has another four straight at home following this trip to Houston. The Suns are likely to play again without starting guard Brandon Knight and center Alex Len. Rockets star James Harden continued his NBA MVP case with a career-high 50 points in Thursday's 10-point win over Denver. It was the first 50-point game for a Rocket in 19 years. A total of 22 of Harden's points came at the free-throw line, the most made by any player this season. Houston leads the season series 3-0, scoring in triple digits in each game. Jason is taking the points.

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Jazz vs. Warriors (-9, 193.5), 10:30 p.m.
Covered by: Dave
Golden State won a fourth straight Friday, 112-96 over New Orleans, with the Warriors again without Klay Thompson, who will not play Saturday. It was Golden State's 11th straight home victory. This could be a defensive battle as the Jazz lead the NBA in points allowed per 100 possessions since the All-Star break, while the Warriors are atop the category for the entire season. The Jazz improved to a league-best 12-2 since the break with an 80-73 win at the Lakers on Thursday. Utah hasn't allowed 100 points in a game since Feb. 25. It has given up more than 90 just once since then. All three Jazz-Warriors games have been decided by double digits this season, with Utah winning its one at home in the most recent matchup. Dave is taking the points with his NBA Picks.

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