Saturday Best Bets: Pacers and Hawks to Cover

Betsperts analyst Ron Klos gives his best bets for Saturday night's NBA games.

The Indiana Pacers will host the Orlando Magic on Saturday night at Gainbridge Fieldhouse with tipoff set for 7:00 PM ET. Both teams will be on the second leg of a back-to-back as Orlando held on for a 108-107 win over the host Chicago Bulls on Friday, while Indiana rallied from an early deficit to beat the host Houston Rockets 99-91 for its third straight victory.


Pacers vs. Magic Betting Odds

Pacers Magic
Spread -6.5 +6.5
Moneyline -245 +205
Over/Under 224

*Lines accurate at time of publication


Pacers vs. Magic Best Bets


Pacers -6.5 (-110 DraftKings)

The Pacers are coming off a comeback victory against Houston in which they found themselves down 30-10 in the second quarter. The Magic, on the other hand, blew a 19-point lead in the third quarter against Chicago before rallying for a one-point victory. The Magic are now 1-6 on the road this season and have lost 26 of the last 33 games against the Pacers.

The Pacers enter this game tonight with plenty of momentum have won five of their last six games. Indiana has covered the spread in nine straight games and is 5-2 ATS at home this season. Indiana also enters this game much healthier than Orlando. Not only is the Magic’s best player, Paolo Banchero still sidelined with an ankle injury, but point guard Cole Anthony remains out. Also, Gary Harris is questionable after making his season debut last night, but will most likely be rested tonight. Starting center Wendell Carter Jr. is also listed as questionable. Indiana has their full complement of players, and led by the triumvirate of Tyrese Haliburton, Myles Turner and Benedict Mathurin, should be able to cover this number.

Risk: 1.1 units on DraftKings to win 1 unit. (Playable to -115)


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The Atlanta Hawks will host the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night at State Farm Arena with tipoff set for 6:00 PM ET. The Raptors have dominated the series over the last two seasons. Toronto won three of the four meetings a year ago and scored a 139-109 win over Atlanta on Oct. 31 in their first encounter of the season. The Raptors will be without Pascal Siakam, who has missed five straight games with a right adductor strain. Siakam had 31 points and 12 rebounds against the Hawks in October. Gary Trent Jr. has missed two straight games with right hip soreness and Precious Achiuwa (right ankle sprain) and Otto Porter Jr. (dislocated toe) are also out. And recent standout Chris Boucher is also out with an illness.


Hawks vs. Raptors Betting Odds

Hawks Raptors
Spread -5.5 +5.5
Moneyline -210 +180
Over/Under 225

*Lines accurate at time of publication


Hawks vs. Raptors Best Bets


Hawks -5.5 (-110 DraftKings)


The reasoning for siding with the Hawks in this one comes down to injuries on the Raptors side. Not only are they missing their top frontcourt player in Pascal Siakim, and their starting shooting guard, Gary Trent Jr., but also three key reserves that are listed above. The Hawks are healthy, and with Trae Young and Dejounte Murray leading the way, they should be able to handle the Raptors at home.

Risk: 1.1 Units on DraftKings to win 1 unit. (Playable to -120)


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