Following a 12-game Friday night slate, a rollercoaster of an NBA week continues with a downswing Saturday. There are a modest four games on the schedule, but it’s largely a case of quality over quantity. Three of the four matchups are particularly intriguing, and with the likes of the Bucks, Timberwolves, Hornets and Lakers among the teams taking the floor, there will be plenty of star power despite the sparse number of games.
Saturday March 19 NBA odds
Here are Saturday March 19 NBA odds with point spreads, moneylines and totals.
What to watch for today
Timberwolves get stringent test against visiting Bucks: The Timberwolves have been turning heads over the last few weeks, and they head into a Saturday afternoon clash against the defending champion Bucks having won 10 of their last 12 games. Minnesota has notched victories over the Grizzlies, Heat and Warriors during that stretch, but what might be their toughest test comes versus Giannis Antetokounmpo and company. The T-Wolves did notch a 113-108 win over Milwaukee earlier in the season, but they’re still a three-point home underdog as of early Saturday.
Mavericks aim to bounce back from Philly loss: Another Western Conference squad that’s been regularly visiting the win column recently is the Mavericks, which went into battle against the 76ers on Friday night with a 14-3 mark in the prior 17 games. However, Dallas stumbled against Philadelphia, dropping a 111-101 decision that included a 32-point performance by Joel Embiid. Luka Doncic, who endured a ragged 5-for-20 shooting effort, and teammates will aim to quickly bounce back when the visit an improving Hornets team that’s won five of the last seven Saturday night.
Bey looks to follow up career-best effort against stingy Cavs: The Pistons and Magic played the sole game on the NBA ledger Thursday night as the Association ceded the floor to the start of March Madness, and the two teams with the worst records in the Eastern Conference put on an unexpectedly entertaining offensive showcase. A big reason for that was the play of Detroit’s Saddiq Bey, who went off for a career-high 51 points, a rare right spot in a mostly dismal season in Motown. Bey and his teammates may have a difficult time putting together a successful encore, however, as they’re in Cleveland to face a Cavaliers team that’s looking to avenge losses to the Pistons in the last two meetings and that’s 22-12 at home.
Lakers strive to build on inspiring OT win: The Lakers’ 30-40 record might be markedly better than the Pistons’ 19-51 tally, but relative to expectations, Los Angeles’ season has been just as miserable. L.A. did enjoy one of its bright spots Friday night, however, outlasting the Raptors in overtime on the road. Russell Westbrook and LeBron James both logged over 40 minutes in the marathon, which could prove somewhat troublesome 24 hours later when they visit the Washington Wizards in the nation’s capital. As of early Saturday, it’s the hosts that are favored by a slim 1.5 points, even as they also play the second game of a back-to-back set.