Friday night was highlighted by a revenge matchup between Kristaps Porzingis and the New York Knicks which saw New York top the Dallas Mavericks 106-102 for their second win of the season.
Saturday’s matchups are set to be just as good with the Boston Celtics traveling to San Antonio and the Houston Rockets heading to Chicago.
Take a look at today’s NBA picks:
Boston Celtics (+2) @ San Antonio Spurs, 5:00 PM
The San Antonio Spurs holds a significant edge in this matchup, winning 14 of the last 17 meetings.
Both these teams have been solid defensively - Boston ranks fifth in the NBA allowing 102.1 ppg; San Antonio allows 109.9 ppg, which is 15th best.
Boston has hit the under total over 70 percent this season, although San Antonio has reached the under in just 40 percent of games. Stats taken from Statschecker.
The Spurs (5-3) got back on track at home after taking down the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-112.
LaMarcus Aldridge efficiently scored a season-high 39 points on 19-of-23 shooting with six rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Dejounte Murray nearly had a triple-double, scoring 17 points with a team-high 10 assists and eight rebounds.
The Boston Celtics (6-1) won a sixth consecutive game behind strong efforts from Jayson Tatum and Gordan Hayward, defeating the Charlotte Hornets 108-87.
Tatum totaled a team-high 23 points with nine rebounds while Hayward added a double-double, shooting 9-of-16 from the field for 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Since the start of November, Hayward has been one of the hottest players in basketball, shooting 66 percent from the field while averaging 24 ppg, 8.7 rpg, and 6.0 apg.
Anticipate a back-and-forth game that could very easily go down to the wire.
I’m rolling with Boston getting the two points and it wouldn’t surprise me in the Celtics won a seventh straight game.
Pick: Celtics (+1) @ -105
Houston Rockets (-6.5) @ Chicago Bulls, 8:00 PM:
The Houston Rockets have covered the spread just 25 percent of games this season (1-6).
The Chicago Bulls have the 10th worst offense in the NBA, averaging 106.7 ppg, while the Rockets have the third best offense with 120.5 ppg.
Houston has struggled to stop anyone on defense this season, allowing the second-most points per game (121.8 ppg). Stats taken from Statschecker.
The Rockets (5-3) picked up a second straight win, defeating the Golden State Warriors 129-112.
James Harden had a double-double while knocking down six three-pointers for 36 and 13 assists.
Harden leads the NBA in averaging 36.5 ppg and ranks third with 3.8 three-pointers made per game.
Clint Capela and PJ Tucker added double-doubles of their own. Capela totaled 19 points and 16 rebounds; Tucker had 22 points and 11 rebounds.
The Bulls (3-6) snapped a two-game losing streak on Wednesday night after handling the Atlanta Hawks 113-93.
Tomas Satoransky lead the way, knocking down four three-pointers on 10-of-13 shooting for a team-high 27 points and eight assists.
Lauri Markkanen was next in line with 17 points, five rebounds, four assists and three blocks.
Houston has far too much fire power for Chicago to keep up with.