There are 18 NBA teams playing on Saturday night, offering up an awesome nine pro basketball games. What the NBA fan does with that sporting entertainment is up to them – fantasy basketball games for cash, betting on the games or just sitting back with friends and watching dunks and slick passes.
Whatever the case, we’ve got you covered with quick breakdowns and picks for each game:
Nuggets @ 76ers
Ty Lawson and Michael Carter-Williams are both potentially absent tonight, which absolutely takes some of the shine off the polish in this one. However, the Sixers are the worst defensive team in the league and with Denver not being a whole lot better, we can expect a bunch of points. With that said, Denver is the better constructed team at the moment, so I’ll take them.
The Call: Nuggets 111, 76ers 107
Clippers @ Cavaliers
Chris Paul brings Lob City to Cleveland to take on a hapless Cavaliers bunch. Kyrie Irving is fresh off of an 0-9 stinker from last night, and while I’m sure he gives us a better performance than that, it won’t be enough to beat L.A.
The Call: Clippers 106, Cavaliers 98
Pistons @ Bulls
Detroit has actually been pretty competitive throughout this young NBA season, but they’ve also been pretty inconsistent. Their bigs can give Chicago trouble down low on both ends, but the same can be said the other way, too. Chicago is playing with spirit and is at home, so I like them even if Luol Deng (calf) sits this one out.
The Call: Bulls 90, Pistons 85
Heat @ T’Wolves
Heat got take to school the other day by the Bulls, so they’ll be out for blood. No Kevin Love (death in the family) and Dwyane Wade’s likely return (knee, illness) means a win for the Heat.
The Call: Heat 103, T’Wolves 99
Warriors @ Grizzlies
Memphis is toughing things out without Marc Gasol, but they’re just not the same team without him. Even on the road, I expect Golden State’s up-tempo offense to take over and get the win.
The Call: Warriors 101, Grizzlies 94
Nets @ Bucks
Milwaukee has been a bit of a mess for most of the year, but so have the Nets. It’s a literal toss-up. However, since it’s possible Brooklyn is running into a team worse than they are, they can get a confidence boosting win tonight.
The Call: Nets 90, Bucks 88
Pacers @ Spurs
These are two very good teams that play team offense and top-level defense. In what figures to be a toss-up, I’ll take the home team, as San Antonio never loses on their own court. Well, rarely.
The Call: Spurs 96, Pacers 93
Kings @ Jazz
Both of these teams are pretty bad but the Jazz might be slightly worse. Sacramento certainly plays better defense on average and has more talent, so they’ll get the slight edge.
The Call: Kings 103, Jazz 100
Mavericks @ Blazers
Portland is the better team right now and it’s on their home court, so it’s unlikely Dallas marches in and steals a big win tonight. However, the Mavs really can pour it on offensively, so we should be in for a great night cap to tonight’s NBA action.
The Call: Blazers 109, Mavericks 106