O/U NBA Picks: A Winning Pair To Pad the Bankroll On Saturday Night

Ross Benjamin

Saturday, February 27, 2016 5:48 PM GMT

Our handicapper shares his top two NBA picks on Saturday night’s card. Go inside to give yourself a sizable advantage when betting these games.

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. New Orleans Pelicans 7:05 PM ET
New Orleans is 21-7 over the total at home this season, and that includes 11-1 over during their previous twelve. The Pelicans have been horrible defensively in their last five games. During that stretch, they’re allowing 113.8 points per game while opponents have shot 49.2%, and converted on a red-hot 40.2% of its three point attempts. The Pelicans are averaging a lofty 107.2 points scored per game at home this season, and have made a stellar 39.2% of their three-point shots.

Minnesota is 8-1 over the total in their previous nine games, and 14-2 over during its previous sixteen contests. The Timberwolves have converted on a sizzling hot 44.2% of their three point attempts over their last five outings. During that same time frame, they’ve averaged a mammoth 36 free throw attempts per game, and connected on a superb 80.3% of those opportunities.

These NBA Western Conference rivals have met twice already this season, and each of those contests went over the total. New Orleans shot 49.4% in those two games, and that included 20-47 (42.6%) from beyond the three point line. Minnesota was an outstanding 52-66 (78.8%) from the charity stripe in those two contests.

The total in this game is quite high and for good reason. I like this to be a high scoring affair, and one of my Saturday NBA picks will be indicative of just that.

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NBA Pick: Play on over the total of 219.5 (-105) 
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

 

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Chicago Bulls 8:05 PM ET
Portland has gone over the total in their previous six contests, and there was a combined average of 224.2 points scored per game. They’ve scored and allowed 105 points or more in each of those six games. During their last five outings, the Trailblazers have connected on a terrific 40.5% of its three point attempts.

Chicago has seen each of their previous three home games go over the total, and there was a combined average of 225.3 points scored per contest. The Bulls have also shot the three-ball very well in its last five outings, making good on 41.4% of those attempts. Chicago’s defensive play has left a lot to be desired of late. They’ve allowed 102 points or more in twelve straight games.

Current (12:25 PM ET) NBA odds at Heritage clearly provides me with the best number for this specific wager.

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NBA Pick: Play on over the total of 208 (-105)
Best Line Offered: at Heritage