Saturday boasts nine games in the NBA and if you like to be offensive check the Magic, Pacers game. Heat @ Grizz is a good match up if you want to see some true basketball skills and I’ll be for sure watching the Utah/Portland game with the notion that the Blazers will knock out any inkling that Jazzercise is on its way back.
NBA Betting Picks for Saturday, November 20th:
Miami Heat @ Memphis Grizzlies – Miami seems to have righted the ship and is ready to work. Keying in on touches for Chris Bosh seems to fuel this offense and #1 realizes now he cannot hold onto it before making a move, like he did in Toronto. After consecutive losses the Heat have won three and are winning by at least nine in the trio. Memphis has lost six straight and is in a bad place to be playing the top contenders in the East. The schedule has been evenly dispersed, but quality of teams would warrant a losing streak. It seems to have affected their psyche, casein point them losing to Washington yesterday. This is a good match up for Miami who will have a scorer facing them at all five spots and are getting a chance to show what they can do on defense. This will be closer but ‘MV3’ will get us over the number.
Utah Jazz @ Portland Trailblazers – The injuries inside worried me when looking at this match up. Having Al Jefferson and Millsap and not to mention the size and slashing ability of AK47. Portland has been able to maintain a similar style and group together to protect the rim. The length of Batum and strength of Matthews has helped the interior and also in keeping their men in front and not attacking, causing L.A. to take needless fouls. A big issue which sealed it for me, was the fact of Jerry Sloan ‘The Guru’ is away attending a family funeral. So assistant Paul Johnson takes over the helm and will he see that he needs to gets the ball inside?
Holding onto beat Denver in their last outing was a great sign that this team can rebound from injury and still win games. Utah however has shown that when faced with a tough task they are beaten soundly and at home to boot.
Portland VS Utah – GAME TOTAL – With a lineups worth of dinged up players on the Jazz side, will they make the extra effort needed to finish the play? These teams may force it inside and try to get to the bench early. The only games to go well over the number was when both of these clubs faced the Oklahoma City Thunder. With injuries and departures, both teams are relying heavily on their defensive intensity to help squelch the stretch until healthy bodies are present and available. I’ve taken previously the Blazers at under 204 for the Denver game and it ended at 169! This one being lower it may be close, but without a couple of offensive options, am hoping to see Deron Williams slow the pace. Not trying to run with a little bit of philosophy change and Coach Johnson preaching his own agenda, keeping to Sloan’s game plan.
Orlando on the road may be worth a look. If you haven’t given up on the Clippers yet, can they protect home court against the Knicks? Also the Cavs getting 10.5 but went a different way with the Spurs rolling and defeating the Jazz by twelve in Utah last night.