Saturday night brings a modest three-game slate in the Association, one that features a trio of interconference matchups. The defending champions of both the East and West are in action, with the Bucks hosting the struggling Kings and the Suns welcoming in a Pacers squad that’s fresh off upsets of two of Phoenix’s more notable Western Conference mates. Each contest does carry a double-digit opening spread, while projected totals are spread farily evenly between the Thunder-Cavaliers’ sub-210-point figure and the 230-point-plus tally attached to the Sacramento-Milwaukee tilt.
NBA odds for Saturday, January 22
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Bucks aim to build on modest momentum of two-game win streak: The Bucks have had their share of trials and tribulations in their title-defense season, and even after navigating a tough COVID-related rough patch, Milwaukee has still proven considerably more vulnerable than last season. However, there are modest but encouraging signs of a potential course correction following a stretch of six losses in eight games, as Mike Budenholzer’s club will enter Saturday night’s clash with the Kings on a two-game win streak over name opponents in the Grizzlies and Bulls. Meanwhile, Sacramento arrives with 2-7 record over its last nine and looking to overcome the disappointment of a 133-131 loss to the Pistons their most recent time on the floor.
Cavaliers host Thunder in wake of double-digit stumble: Another team that came up short its most recent time in action is the Cavaliers, which rolled into United Center to face a short-handed Bulls squad on Wednesday night with a five-game winning streak in tow and was handed a rather surprising 117-104 loss. Cleveland is still sporting a 27-19 record and 7-3 mark in its last 10 specifically, and they should have a solid chance of jumping right back into the win column against a visiting Thunder squad that’s lost nine of its last 10 and has a 6-17 road mark straight up.
Suns welcome in upset-minded Pacers: The Suns have mostly enjoyed smooth sailing at home this season, as evidenced by a sparkling 17-5 mark there. Their Saturday opponent, the Pacers, would seem to be likely facilitators to continued success when considering their 17-29 mark overall, which includes a 5-17 road record. However, Monty Williams’ club would likely be wise not to take Indiana lightly, considering Rick Carlisle’s squad is coming in having just upended the Lakers and Warriors on their respective home floors.
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