Free NBA Picks Saturday 2/1/2020 and Opening Line Report
Saturday's NBA slate features 10 exciting games. The Hawks will take on the
Mavericks, but Luka Doncic might be sitting this one out against Trae Young
and the Hawks. This would've been a nice battle between the two top rookies
from last season. The Wizards will take on the Nets, with both teams
looking at to nab a lower seed in the east playoffs. Bradley Beal was
snubbed from the All-Star game and will make it a mission to get to the
playoffs and prove his worth. The Cavaliers and Warriors will play each
other, too. Both teams have a combined win total of 23 games. Both teams
were championship caliber teams just a couple years ago. Here are the early
leans for Saturday's Feb. 1 slate.
Timberwolves vs. Clippers 2/1/20 (-6.5, 224)
I don't even know where to start with the Timberwolves. They're on a
10-game losing streak and will now have to face a Clippers team that is
likely extremely mad after losing a 20-point game to the Kings in their
latest game. The Timberwolves can't play defense and don't play as a team.
Take the Clippers at home. They're not going to lose another one like they
did on Thursday.
Key trends: Clippers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
Early lean: Clippers, Over
Knicks vs. Pacers 2/1/20 (-11, 214)
The Knicks will play shorthanded with Elfrid Payton getting a suspension
for his role in the Knicks/Grizzlies brawl. If Myles Turner feels better
and doesn't have an illness, the Pacers will be healthy as a team. A
healthy Pacers team is dangerous. The Knicks won't be ready for this one
after all the drama. Take Indiana at home in a blowout win.
Key trends: Pacers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
Early lean: Pacers, Over
Heat vs. Magic 2/1/20 (+1, 208)
The Magic have lost four straight games and took a beating from Miami on
the road, 113-92. Sure, Miami plays much better at home, but a 20-point
blowout also means Miami is that much better than the Magic. The Magic are
still playing for a playoff spot in the East and can very well make the
playoffs. But double-digit losses in their last three games doesn't give me
any confidence that they can beat Miami this time around.
Key trends: Heat are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games.
Early lean: Heat, Over
Nets vs. Wizards 2/1/20 (+1.5, 239)
Bradley Beal was snubbed from the All-Star Game. After the Wizards beat the
Hornets behind an almost triple-double from Beal, he said that he's going
to help the Wizards make the playoffs this season. The man is on a mission.
Why not take Beal and the Wizards against a struggling Nets team. If they
beat the Nets, Beal and the Wizards will be another game closer to the
Key trends: Wizards are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games.
Early lean: Wizards, Over
Warriors vs. Cavaliers 2/1/20 (-2, 221.5)
These two teams have a combined 23 wins on the season. These were two
championship teams just a couple years ago! The Warriors are 1-9 in their
last 10, while the Cavs are 2-8 in their last 10. I guess take the home
team here? The Warriors have been getting smoked on the road as of late.
Key trends: Cavaliers are 17-7-1 ATS in their last 25 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
Early lean: Cavaliers, Under
Hawks vs. Mavericks 2/1/20 (-5.5, 224)
Trae Young vs. Luka Doncic. Oh wait, nope. Luka is injured, yet again with
an ankle injury. That hurts TV ratings. But it doesn't hurt Young, who just
surprised the 76ers with a win at home against Philly. Trae is also a
starter in the All-Star game. What a season he's having. Watch to see if
Luka is out before making a betting decision but if Luka is out, take the
Key trends: Hawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Early lean: Hawks, Over
76ers vs. Celtics 2/1/20 (-4, 219)
If you don't believe in home-court advantage, we can't be friends. The
76ers are pathetic on the road this season, going 9-16. Boston is 19-5 at
home. Philly just took a really bad road loss to the Hawks, allowing 127
points on the night. Boston has won four of their last five games and have
been destroying at home recently. Take the Celtics in a classic matchup.
Key trends: Celtics are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games.
Early lean: Celtics, Under
Hornets vs. Spurs 2/1/20 (-3, 222)
The Hornets have won one game in their last 10. That game was against the
Knicks. If you think the Hornets have any chance on the road against the
Spurs, good luck. The Spurs ended a three-game losing streak with a win at
home against Utah and should continue win streak against a 16-win Hornets
team that has no answers.
Key trends: Spurs are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
Early lean: Spurs, Over
Lakers vs. Kings 2/1/20 (+6, 218)
The Kings are hot and cold all season. They've won three of their last four
games, and all three games came on the road. The lone loss in those four
games was a 20-point loss to the Thunder at home. The Lakers are 20-5 this
season on the road by the Kings are 8-14 at home. The Kings are actually
worse at home this season. Take the Lakers in what has the makings to be a
Key trends: Lakers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 0 days' rest.
Early lean: Lakers, Over
Jazz vs. Trail Blazers 2/1/20 (+5, 226)
Utah has now lost three-straight games after an amazing win streak of
double digits. Portland has played solid basketball and won their last two
games behind great efforts from Lillard. Utah is struggling on their road
trip but knows they need to salvage it and get at least one win. Look for
Utah to come out strong in this one and defeat Portland on the road.
Key trends: Jazz are 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 Saturday games.
Early lean: Jazz, Under
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