Saturday represents a rare breather of sorts for the NBA during a busy week, as there are a modest six games on tap. The Grizzlies and Magic face off in matinee action before an evening ledger that features Heat-Hornets and Knicks-Lakers clashes as some of its most eye-catching contests. There are no games with double-digit spreads, although Memphis, the Suns, and the Bucks are all road favorites of least seven points.
NBA odds for Saturday, February 5
Here are the today’s NBA odds with pro basketball point spreads, moneylines and totals.
What to watch for today
Hornets aim to stop skid, bounce back from heartbreaking loss: The Hornets have undeniably made plenty of strides this season, not the least of which is fielding the NBA’s highest scoring offense. However, Charlotte is in the midst of a rough patch at present, one that includes a three-game losing streak and five defeats in the last seven contests overall. James Borrego’s squad dropped a particularly difficult 102-101 decision to the Cavaliers on Friday night, a stumble they’ll be looking to bounce back from against a visiting Heat team that’s just 15-14 straight up on the road but which already owns a 114-99 win over the Hornets this season.
Suns aim to jump right back in win column at Wizards’ expense: The Suns were the hottest team in the NBA until running into Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday night, with Phoenix suffering a 124-115 loss that snapped an 11-game winning streak. Monty Williams’ crew continues on the road Saturday and seemingly has a good chance of jumping right back in the win column, as they pay a visit to a Wizards squad that has a pedestrian 13-12 home mark and had lost six in a row before recording a rousing 106-103 win against the 76ers on Wednesday.
Struggling Knicks and Lakers face off in L.A.: Two squads with plenty of notoriety but middling on-court results in the Knicks and Lakers face off at Crypto.com Arena on Saturday night. New York and Los Angeles check in with records of 24-28 and 25-28, respectively, after entering the season with robust postseason expectations. However, neither team capable of doing any better than sneaking into the playoffs the way each is going, and the Lakers will have the additional albatross of likely playing without LeBron James (knee), who’s listed as doubtful, for the sixth straight game after going 1-4 straight without him thus far.
Bucks and Blazers duel in Portland: The Bucks have arguably had a less dominant season they’d likely expected in defense of their title, but Milwaukee still enters Saturday’s visit to Portland with a solid 32-21 mark. Giannis Antetokounmpo and company are solid 8.5-to-9-point road favorites over the Trail Blazers, which have lost six of their last seven, including four consecutive contests following a narrow 96-93 defeat at the hands of the Thunder on Friday night.
Thunder goes for fourth straight in visit to Kings: Speaking of OKC, Mark Daigneault’s club is on a bit of a roll, ironically during a time in which they’re without their best player in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (ankle). The aforementioned victory over Portland was the Thunder’s third straight, their longest such streak since Dec. 18-22. Meanwhile, the host Kings are spiraling, having lost eight of their last nine games and could continue without both De’Aaron Fox and Marvin Bagley due to ankle injuries Saturday.