Free Picks for Saturday's NBA Slate

Troy Haliburton

Saturday, November 25, 2017 6:20 PM UTC

Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 6:20 PM UTC

Saturday's NBA action features some thrilling matchups, but most importantly it also has three good looking spots that could make you some money. Read on as Troy Haliburton grabs winners for tonight's action.

Trail Blazers vs Wizards

Portland is coming off of a close victory against the scrappy Brooklyn Nets on Friday, and will now have to go down to D.C. to complete a back-to-back against the Wizards. The Trail Blazers have done a masterful job this season of capitalizing on the advantages they have by having a dynamic backcourt in Dame Lillard and C.J. McCollum. This game was supposed to be a matchup between young up-and-coming backcourts, but this morning the Wizards announced that John Wall will miss two weeks due to soreness in his left knee and will receive platalet rich plasma treatment (PRP). John Wall has a Net Rating of 11.7 and is one of only four Wizards players who have a positive Net Rating. His absence will certainly affect how the rest of the team plays, since he leads the team with 9.7 assists and gets everyone else involved. The Wizards will start Tim Frazier at point guard and have Tomas Satoransky back him up. These two players will be instrumental in trying to keep the ship afloat in Wall’s absence, but Lillard and McCollum will be lurking sharks in the water.

Free NBA Pick: Portland +3Best Line Offered: at Skybook

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Pelicans vs Warriors

Anthony Davis and DaMarcus Cousins are leading the Pelicans as a dynamic big-man duo in the “Pace and Space” era. The problem with Davis and Cousins is that it seems when they are dominating the ball on the Pelicans offense, the team does not seem to win as much. The Pelicans will have an advantage of not having played since Wednesday, and the Warriors will be coming off a back-to-back in which they completely dominated the Chicago Bulls.

The Pelicans will try to use their size advantage down low to pound the Warriors on the block. It still remains to be seen if Draymond Green will play tonight after sitting out last night’s game with a sore knee, and if Draymond is out, the Warriors will have a much more difficult time trying to stop Davis and Cousins.

New Orleans has also fielded a new starting lineup with the return of Rajon Rondo, who is now the starting point guard and moves Jrue Holiday to the shooting guard position. Rondo is a much better facilitator and can properly run the offense.

Free NBA Pick: Pelicans +11Best Line Offered: at BetDSI

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Celtics vs Pacers

Boston got back on track to their winning ways when the beat the Orlando Magic last night. The Celtics have established themselves as the best team in the NBA so far this season, and they are doing it primarily on the defensive end. Boston has the number one ranked scoring defense, and are only giving up 97.1 points per game.

The Pacers are a surprisingly competitive team this season and a lot of the credit has to go to the improved play from Victor Oladipo. The former Indiana Hoosier is having a career year, averaging 22 points per game, which is up from the 15 ppg he averaged last season. Oladipo came to the Pacers in a trade for Paul George, in which the consensus was that the Pacers did not get proper value back for the former All-Star. Also in that trade was Damantas Sabonis who is averaging 12 ppg after only averaging five ppg last season. The Pacers are much improved, but the Celtics may be too talented for them to handle.

Free NBA Pick: Celtics -3Best Line Offered: at JustBet

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