We’re in for a fairly busy Saturday as the NBA continues to share the hardwood spotlight with March Madness. There are eight games on the ledger beginning with a late-afternoon Western Conference clash, and although only three involve teams with winning records facing each other, there are two other contests that have postseason relevance for one of the participants involved.
Saturday March 26 NBA odds
Here are Saturday March 26 NBA odds with point spreads, moneylines and totals.
Records belie importance of Spurs-Pels afternoon clash: The slate actually begins with a game in which both teams’ records are well under .500, yet which carries no shortage of playoff implications. The Spurs visit Smoothie King Center on Saturday afternoon slotted into the No.11 seed, two games behind both the No. 10-ranked Lakers and No. 9 Pelicans for entry into the play-in level. Both San Antonio and New Orleans enter coming off sizable double-digit wins, with Gregg Popovich’s 133-96 thrashing of the Trail Blazers their last time out actually serving as their second straight victory. Meanwhile, the Pels handed fellow contender Chicago a 17-point throttling in their own right and will now try to keep Dejounte Murray and company at bay and even the season series between the clubs at 2-2 in the process.
Cavaliers, Raptors keep eye on each other during simultaneous Saturday night battles: The Cavaliers and Raptors, side by side in the Eastern Conference standings with identical 41-32 marks at the No. 5 and No. 6 seeds, respectively, are both in action at the exact same time Saturday night. Cleveland hosts a struggling Bulls squad that’s now dropped five of its last six, while the Raptors welcome in the reeling Pacers. The Cavs not only accomplish keeping Toronto away from Cleveland’s current spot if they can pull off a win, but they actually would vault over Chicago into the No. 4 slot as well. Meanwhile, the Raps want to simply keep piling up victories and continue to remain within striking distance of every spot above them in what is shaping up as a photo finish in the conference.
Heat host resurgent Nets on surprising skid: The reason why any team in the top seven in the East can still realistically dream of the No. 1 seed with a handful of games to play is the struggles of the Heat, which have dropped three straight and have seen their leads over the 76ers and Bucks shrink to a half-game apiece, and whose advantage over the No. 4-seeded Celtics has even whittled down to just one game. Miami’s latest debacle was a perplexing 111-103 loss to a New York Knicks team playing without Julius Randle at FTX Arena on Friday night. There’s no time to wallow for Erik Spoelstra’s club, however; a second consecutive visitor from the Big Apple arrives 24 hours later in the form of a Nets team that’s starting to sharpen up for the postseason and just received the news that Kyrie Irving’s vaccination status will no longer prevent him from participating in home games moving forward.
Bucks-Grizzlies clash potentially sapped of star power: A game that would be a prototypical Saturday night main event under normal circumstances, a Bucks-Grizzlies battle that features the defending champions against one of the biggest threats to their crown this season, will be lacking a little luster tonight. Each team could be without its biggest names, as Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed as questionable for Milwaukee with knee soreness that’s already cost him two of the last three games, while Ja Morant will sit out a fourth straight game himself due to his own knee issues. Additionally, the Bucks’ Jrue Holiday will be on the shelf as a result of ankle soreness, and even Khris Middleton will carry a questionable tag because of a wrist injury.