Nine games are slated in the NBA for this Saturday, February 2, but we have found the best value for our NBA Picks on two matchups that will be your ticket to a winning day.
Two NBA Value Picks For Saturday
OKC Thunder at Cleveland Cavaliers
The Thunder roll into the Quicken Loans Arena this evening as -10 ½ road favorites, which could be good news for bettors siding with Oklahoma City, given that the Cavaliers are only 11-28 in their last 39 games played at home.
Additionally, the Thunder’s offense averages about 10 points a game more than the Cavaliers and their defense surrenders 4 points less in each contest; which could explain why OKC is 4-1 ATS in their last five meetings against Cleveland.
The Thunder are also 7-3 ATS in their last ten games played against teams from the East and a perfect 6-0 ATS in their last six games played on a Saturday.
Speaking of Saturday, the Thunder are over in 8 of their last 9 on this day, while Cleveland has eclipsed the total in 7 of 9 on the seventh day of the week. Those are numbers to think about, but the real decision will be whether or not to go over or under the 203 point total.
This is a David and Goliath matchup, with OKC Thunder the heavyweight going up against a much weaker opponent in the Cavaliers. Don’t let the double-digit point spread scare you, as the Thunder will win and cover the point spread in a run away.
NBA Free Picks: Thunder -10 ½
Utah Jazz at Portland Trail Blazers
The Trail Blazers welcome in the Jazz at the Rose Garden tonight, but the NBA odds makers have recognized Utah’s disappointing ATS numbers on the road, as they have favored Portland in this one by -4 ½ points.
Utah is only 5-13 ATS in their last 18 games played on the road against a team with a winning home record, but Portland is just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
However, Portland is an impressive 16-8 SU on their home floor, while Utah is just 9-16 SU on the road this year, though the Jazz have a better overall record at 26-21 compared to Portland’s modest 21-21 mark.
For anyone looking to make a play on the over/under total of 193 points, it is worth noting that both teams have kept their recent matchups under.
In fact, Utah is under in 7 of their last 8 versus Western Conference opponents, while Portland is under in 6 of their last 8 following a game where they failed to cover the point spread.
However, the last four times these two teams locked horns in Portland, the final score went over the posted total.
With this matchup being played in Portland, it definitely levels the playing field for the Trial Blazers, who have proven to be a tough opponent to beat on their home floor this season. Add to the fact this is a division rivalry contest and Portland will not want to disappoint their amped up hometown fans. Utah will put forth a valiant effort, but in the end it won’t be enough, as the Trail Blazers will win this game and cover the point spread in the process.
NBA Free Picks: Trail Blazers – 4 1/2