NBA Picks: Saturday NBA Picks of the Day

Darin Zank

Saturday, October 19, 2013 8:22 PM UTC

Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 8:22 PM UTC

Betting the NBA exhibition season is a dangerous proposition, as we were reminded Friday night. Let's have a look at tonight's betting odds and match-ups.

So, as we try to shake off a betting hangover, we'll try to sift through Saturday's NBA schedule, and find at least a couple winners. 

As always, readers should take these picks for what they think they're worth. 

Heat -4.5 vs. Spurs (7:35 pm ET, NBA TV) 

Miami and San Antonio get together for a rematch of last June's NBA championship series.

The Heat beat the Spurs in seven games in that series, winning the last two games after falling behind 3-2.

Miami is 3-2 this exhibition season, after losing to Brooklyn Thursday 86-62. Chris Bosh played 29 minutes, LeBron James 28, but Dwayne Wade did not play. 

San Antonio is 1-2 this preseason, after beating Atlanta Thursday 106-104. The Spurs led that game by 15 points headed into the fourth quarter, but with their Big Three on the bench, allowed the Hawks to rally and tie the game. C Aron Baynes then hit a game-winning shot with three seconds left, but San Antonio missed on the cover as three-point favorites. 

You wouldn't think a preseason game would matter much to the defending league champions, but Miami got embarrassed by the Nets Thursday night. Perhaps the Heat will have that in mind Saturday. We'll give the 4.5 points offered at Pinnacle and go with Miami for our free NBA pick on this one. 


Cavs -3 vs. Pacers (7:35 pm ET) 

Indiana is 0-5 so far this exhibition season, after losing to Chicago Friday night 103-98. There has been some concern in the local media about this start, but seriously, folks; it's the preseason. The Pacers gave Miami a good battle in the Eastern Conference finals last spring, and they might be even better this year. 

Cleveland is 3-1 this preseason, after beating Detroit Thursday night 96-84. 

We lost with Indiana Friday night, as the Pacers missed a couple of late shots that would have given them the cover as three-point dogs. 

But Indiana's slow start – exhibition season – doesn't concern us. Our guess is that over the long haul this season the Pacers will be a moneymaker.

We'll go with Indiana plus the three points offered at Pinnacle for Saturday.


Clippers -2 vs. Nuggets (10:35 pm ET)

LA is 3-2 this preseason, after losing at home to Portland Friday night 94-84. Chris Paul shot 2-for-11 from the floor, and the team shot 29-for-82, as the Clippers lost outright as six-point favorites.

Denver is 2-2 this exhibition season, after getting toasted by Oklahoma City Tuesday 109-81. The Nuggets shot just 38 percent from the floor, allowed Kevin Durant to go off for 36 and never came close to covering as four-point dogs against the NBA odds.

LA forward Blake Griffin tweaked a knee last week, and missed some action, but he came back and played 25 minutes Friday night.

Over on the other bench Denver F Danilo Gallinari hasn't played yet this year, as he deals with the aftermath of knee surgery. 

The Clippers are hoping for big things this season with new head coach Doc Rivers. They also added G Darren Collison, who's looking like he might fit right in with Rivers' systems.

LA had a rough night Friday, but we expect a bounce-back tonight. We'll go with the Clippers at the -1.5 points offered at SBR Sportsbook


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