The weekend of NBA matches begins with battling top-end teams and middle-of-the-road franchises, but there is not a single irrelevant game on the schedule.
Kicking off our multi will be the Orlando Magic hosting the Memphis Grizzlies, which will see many talented young players strut their stuff.
Trae Young is back for the Hawks, but a 20-point loss to the Chicago Bulls left Atlanta head coach Lloyd Pierce speechless. The Southeast Division hopefuls will face the Sacramento Kings in what will be an interesting bout.
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The worst case of injury plague in recent history has ravaged the Golden State Warriors, but their young players are still fighting hard. Next up is a tough test away to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Without star point guard Ben Simmons, the Philadelphia 76ers will need to tackle the Denver Nuggets head on. These teams are touted as possible conference finalists, with the Sixers labelled as one of the top three NBA East franchises.
The final match of the day sees the Miami Heat take on the LA Lakers. LeBron James will want to defeat his old franchise and move the Lakers to seven straight wins.
NBA multi tips for Saturday, November 9
- Orlando Magic to beat Memphis Grizzlies @ $1.36
- Atlanta Hawks to beat Sacramento Kings @ $2.10
- Minnesota Timberwolves to beat Golden State Warriors @ $1.13
- Denver Nuggets -5.5 vs Philadelphia 76ers @ $1.91
- Los Angeles Lakers to beat Miami Heat @ $1.24
NBA multi odds = $7.64 with Sportsbet
NBA Saturday betting predictions
Grizzlies vs Magic: It may be early in the season, but it is clear that the Grizzlies are not good on the road and the Magic are pretty consistent at home. The Magic have not won a game from their last four matches, but they were mostly close losses that could have gone either way. Orlando will win on the back of a solid defence that has allowed the second-least points per game in the league.
Kings vs Hawks: A suspension on John Collins harmed the Hawks in their terrible outing against the Bulls. Now that they have reviewed what went wrong, it is time to bounce back. The Kings played very well against the Raptors but still lost in the end due to poor defence. Trae Young and De’Aaron Fox are a perfect matchup at point guard, but Young has become a facilitator that can lift his team to greater heights. The Hawks are statistically better than the Kings in rebounds, assists, blocks and steals per game.
Warriors vs Timberwolves: The Timberwolves are clearly the shortest leg of the multi, and with good reason. With Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and possibly D’Angelo Russell all sidelined with injury, the Wolves will kick themselves if they somehow drop this match. Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins are starting to produce more and more, living up to their status as number one draft picks.
76ers vs Nuggets: One glaring weakness in the Philly roster is the lack of a back-up point guard. Given Ben Simmons will miss this match, the 76ers will need to fill the void with another guard, which could mean playing Josh Richardson out of position. The Nuggets are without injuries as Paul Millsap and Gary Harris should play. Denver comfortably beat the Heat and should do the same to the 76ers.
Heat vs Lakers: This will be the second match of a back-to-back for Miami, whilst the Lakers have had a few days’ rest. LeBron James and Anthony Davis are becoming the most dangerous Laker combo since Kobe and Shaq, averaging 52 points between them. Jimmy Butler’s health is still questionable, so there is a question mark over whether he can handle the tough back-to-backs.
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