NBA Picks & Odds Report for Saturday's Betting Action

Matthew Jordan

Saturday, March 14, 2015 6:59 PM GMT

SBR has NBA bettors covered with a look at upset possibilities on Saturday's schedule as well as five individual game previews from our handicappers. Here's a synopsis of those 5 NBA odds.

Celtics vs. Pacers (-8.5, 193.5), 7 p.m.
Covered by: Jason
Boston won a third straight Friday, 95-88 against Orlando. The Celtics again played without their new best player, guard Isaiah Thomas, and he won't play Saturday. Would any of the top seeds want to face the Indiana Pacers in the playoffs? I can guarantee you no, especially if Paul George is able to make it back soon from his broken leg. Indiana has the longest winning streak in the NBA at seven in a row and has moved to seventh in the East. Catching Milwaukee for No. 6 looks doable as well. The main question for this game regarding the Pacers is center Roy Hibbert, who missed Thursday's overtime win over the Bucks with a left elbow infection. However, Hibbert is considered probable. The Pacers and Celtics have split two regular-season meetings this season. Indiana fell 101-98 in the first meeting Nov. 7 before needing overtime to earn a 107-103 home victory Jan. 9. Indiana has won three straight at home in this series. Where does Jason lean?

 

Kings vs. Wizards (-9, 210.5), 7 p.m.
Covered by: Dave
Sacramento lost 114-107 in Philly on Friday despite 39 points and 24 rebounds from DeMarcus Cousins. The Kings blew an 18-point lead. This ends an eight-game road trip for the Kings so they might not have much left in the tank. Washington has blown out Charlotte and Memphis in its past two games. That Grizzlies win was rather tainted as Memphis rested four of its best players. Washington guard Bradley Beal appears to still be dealing with a  leg injury. It has bothered him all season and cost him several games. Beal is averaging just 12.2 points and less than one made 3-pointer per game since the break, shooting 37.9 percent overall and a ghastly 16.7 percent from long range. The Kings and Wizards play for the first time this season. They split last year, with each team winning at home. Dave leans Washington.

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Bucks vs. Grizzlies (-6.5, 185), 8 p.m.
Covered by: Scott
Milwaukee appears to be running out of steam and hasn't played well since the trade that sent out Brandon Knight and brought in last season's Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams. The Bucks dropped to 4-8 since the trade with Thursday's overtime loss at Indiana. Carter-Williams did have his best game in a Milwaukee uniform with 28 points and eight rebounds. The Bucks' bench had just 10 points in that game compared to 52 for the Pacers. Milwaukee reserve guards O.J. Mayo and Jerryd Bayless were both out. Memphis started its junior varsity in Thursday's loss at Washington, as Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, Mike Conley and Tony Allen got the night off for rest; Conley has a minor injury, but all four should play on Saturday. The Grizzlies lost in the final seconds at Milwaukee in November but have won three straight at home in the series. Check out Scott's NBA pick.

 

Pistons vs. Jazz (-7.5, 185), 9 p.m.
Covered by: Scott
Detroit was beaten 118-99 in Portland on Friday for its nine straight defeat. The Pistons thought they would remain a playoff contender after getting Oklahoma City's Reggie Jackson at the deadline, but Detroit has gone into the tank. The Jazz have been one of the NBA's biggest surprises since the All-Star break with a 9-2 record. The Jazz easily handled a good Houston team by 18 points on Thursday as emerging star Rudy Gobert had 19 points, 22 rebounds and four blocks. Utah's leading scorer, Gordon Hayward, was back after sitting out his first game of the season and had 29 points against the Rockets. Utah won in Detroit very early in the season 97-96. The Pistons have lost 10 of their last 11 in Salt Lake City. Does Scott like the Pistons' losing ways to continue?

 

Knicks vs. Warriors (-19, 201), 10:30 p.m.
Covered by: Dave
It's the biggest mismatch of the regular season as the Knicks are at the bottom of the standings and the Warriors at the top. The franchises are intertwined because Warriors coach Steve Kerr nearly took the Knicks job first. New York team president Phil Jackson thought he had his former player signed, sealed and delivered, but Jackson had to turn to Derek Fisher when Kerr picked Golden State. The Warriors rested Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and Andrew Bogut on Friday night in Denver and not surprisingly lost 114-103. New York tries for only its third two-game winning streak of 2015. The Knicks won at the Lakers on Thursday in a minor upset behind 22 points from Tim Hardaway Jr., who had missed the previous two games due to injury. Dave likes the Warriors here, obviously assuming all those key guys will play.