Updated NBA Championship Odds – February 21st Edition

Betting on the NBA Games You Absolutely Must Watch on Saturday

Written by on January 22, 2016

Heading into the weekend, there is a lot of exciting NBA betting action. Let’s take a look at some of the best games on the Association’s slate for Saturday. Click here for the national TV schedule. Click here to watch online.

Betting on Memphis at Minnesota (8:00pm Eastern time)

The Grizzlies are one of the enigmas in the Western Conference right now, sitting at 24-19 and in the #6 slot in the standings. They have one of the most difficult interior defenses to penetrate, but they haven’t been playing consistently enough on the offensive end to emerge in the same conversation as Golden State, San Antonio and Oklahoma City when it comes to contenders in the Western Conference. When they head to Minnesota, they’ll be taking on a young team that is struggling (13-31) to win games, but their fantastic rookie Karl-Anthony Towns is slowly learning his way in the Association, under the tutelage of Kevin Garnett. The Timberwolves did get off to a fast start this season but have found the second quarter of the season to be brutal as teams are exposing their weaknesses. Look for this young Wolves team to put up a fight against a Grizzlies team that is also looking to make statements.

Betting on Milwaukee at New Orleans (7:00pm Eastern time)

New Orleans will have to bring their A-game in order to face the Bucks. The New Orleans Pelicans found themselves in the #8 slot of the postseason last year — but they’re down in the #12 position in the West last year, definitely heading to the lottery. They had started the season awfully and have picked things up as of late at least in relative terms, but the team is still figuring out where they want to go under the coaching of Alvin Gentry and with Anthony Davis as their franchise player. The Bucks come to town also struggling (19-25), but it’s important to remember that this is one of just four teams who have beaten the Golden State Warriors this year, and they enter the Crescent City on a three-game winning streak. Look for the Bucks to try to make a road statement against a Pelicans team that is game but young. Anthony Davis is always fun to watch, as he can take over games by himself in the paint.

Betting on Chicago at Cleveland (8:30pm Eastern time)

This used to be a really exciting matchup, back in the days when Mark Price and Brad Daugherty were solid players for the Cavs, and Michael Jordan was finding his way as a young member of the Chicago Bulls. Then the Cavaliers really fell off the table, and the Bulls also struggled to find their identity after the Jordan era came to a close. However, Jimmy Butler has Chicago fans excited about their team, along with Joakim Noah, and the trio of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love has Cavs fans buzzing about a return trip to the NBA Finals — with better results this time. This is one of the big rivalries in the East once again, and the Bulls won the first meeting between the two on opening night. Look for both teams (who both got blown out by Golden State at home this week) to look to make a statement about their position in the East — and restore their own egos in the process.