Saturday night brings a mid-sized six-game slate that tips off at 7 p.m. ET. Oddsmakers are projecting a night of fairly heavy favorites, with all but one game sporting a line of at least six points. Five of the 12 teams in action will also be on the second game of back-to-back sets, but three contests have totals of least 220 points.
NBA odds for Saturday, January 29
Here are the latest basketball point spreads, moneylines and totals for today’s games.
What to watch for today
Mavericks look to trip up Pacers, start new win streak: The Mavericks have been frequent visitors to the win column of late, rattling off victories in 12 of their last 15 games. First-year Dallas coach Jason Kidd has figured out how best to deploy Luka Doncic following some early mostly unsuccessful tinkering, and Jalen Brunson has particularly taken a big step forward in his development as well. Dallas was embarrassed two games ago by the Warriors on the road, but the Mavs bounced back with a 20-point win over the Trail Blazers on Thursday that they’ll be looking to build on at the Pacers’ expense Saturday night.
Sixers on quest for fourth straight as Kings visit: Another team that’s found plenty of success recently has been the 76ers, which are 7-3 over their last 10 games and have recorded three consecutive victories coming into a Saturday night home date with the Kings. Conversely, Sacramento has been in dire straits with eight losses in their last 10 contests, including five straight. De’Aaron Fox has been absent for the last three defeats due to an ankle injury, but he’s at least carrying a questionable tag for the interconference clash.
Heat aims for fourth straight with reeling Raptors in town: On another team with a chance to extend a win streak to four games on its home court Saturday night is the Heat, which will host the Raptors fresh off a 121-114 win over the Clippers on Friday night. Jimmy Butler was able to fight through a toe injury to turn in a spectacular 26-point effort, and assuming he has no residual effects, he should be able to suit up again versus Toronto, which has six of the last 10 and is 10-11 on the road, for the second game of the back-to-back set.
Grizzlies host struggling Wizards: The Wizards have seen a once promising season hit a major stumbling block since early December, as Washington has gone 9-17 since that point. Wes Unseld Jr.’s squad heads into a Saturday night visit to the Grizzlies with four consecutive losses, while Memphis has a 34-17 mark straight up, including a 15-3 mark since Dec. 26. Despite the significant disparity in recent trajectories, the hosts are what would be considered a relatively modest 5.5-to-6-point favorite as of early Saturday.
Nets drop in on Warriors as Harden returns: The Nets have the unenviable task of facing the Warriors on their home court Saturday night, where Golden State has produced a dominant 23-4 mark. However, Brooklyn will get two huge names back in action, as both James Harden and Kyrie Irving are expected to suit up. Harden will return from a one-game absence due to a hamstring injury after putting in a full practice Friday, while Irving will be able to take the floor because California has an exemption for visiting unvaccinated players. That should certainly up the chances of a highly competitive matchup, but the Dubs are still 6.5-point home favorites as of early Saturday.