Check out a quick breakdown of every game on Saturday’s NBA slate. We’ll take a look at the Vegas lines and totals, recent trends, and a few players you can be targeting for tonight’s games. Good luck!

Utah Jazz @ Indiana Pacers

Over/Under: 190
Line: Pacers -3

As you can see by the total, this is not expected to be a very high scoring game. The Jazz play slow and have one of the best defenses in the NBA. They were the #1 overall defense during the second half of the season. That coincided with them moving Rudy Gobert into the starting lineup. The Jazz are strong on the interior with Gobert and Derrick Favors controlling the glass. They make it tough for opponents to score. The problem for the Jazz is they also struggle to score, which is why they tend to play games that are barely into the 180s. The Pacers have done well to play a little faster and up their scoring averages this year. A lot of that has to do with a Healthy George Hill at the point and Paul George being back at the forward spot. The Pacers have gone with George at the 4, which makes them smaller and quicker overall. I’m not sure they are going to be able to do that here as it would create a match up problem against the two bigs on Utah. Indiana has the advantage on the perimeter in this game and are favored and at home. It should remain close through out, which is good for the starters on both teams. The drawback is it will also be lower scoring, so the usable players need to be able to contribute across the board in multiple categories to make value.


  • George Hill ($6000)
  • Rudy Gobert ($7100)
  • CJ Miles ($4000)
  • Paul George ($8100)

New York Knicks @ Washington Wizards

Over/Under: 199
Line:Washington -8

The Wizards were one of the better defensive teams in the league last season and also played at a slow pace. It’s early, but the indication is that trend will continue. The Wizards are led by their backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal who do most of the damage and playmaking. Marcin Gortat is a solid center and the rest of the guys they rotate in are basically role players. The Knicks looked awesome as they posted a 30 point win against Milwaukee while scoring 125 points. It seems like that game was an abberation since they will not be a team that does that often. They are however playing at a pretty fast pace which has allowed them to score and allow a lot of points. Washington tends to dictate tempo and based on the total, I would think their players get ticked up while the Knicks take a tick down in terms of fantasy points. This could be a game where the Wizards put up a big number on offense and that would greatly benefit the backcourt who are more talented than the guys the Knicks will throw at them.


  • John Wall ($9200)
  • Bradley Beal ($6200)
  • Kristaps Porzingis ($4500)
  • Carmelo Anthony ($8700)

Golden State Warriors @ New Orleans Pelicans

Over/Under: 213
Line: Warriors -4

If you think this match up sounds familiar, it’s because they already played earlier in the week. This time the venue switches to give New Orleans a home game. The opener was not their best effort and they will probably be eager to give a better showing at home in this one. The problem is that the Pelicans have injuries all over. Asik is banged up and questionable, Tyreke Evans and Norris Cole are out, and the starting point guard from the opening game, Nate Robinson, has already been released. It was no wonder this team really struggled in the opener, especially considering Anthony Davis was ice cold from the floor and forcing up some bad shots. It’s not really fair to say the Pelicans stunk without giving credit to the solid defense played by the defending champs. Golden State was awesome in that game and forced a lot of those bad shots from the Pelicans. On the offensive end, it was the Steph curry show as he shot, assisted, and ran that offense like the MVP he is. If that game was any indication, he should be in line for another great performance against a team that has struggled to stop the point guards so far in the early going.


  • Stephen Curry ($9900)
  • Harrison Barnes ($4500)
  • Eric Gordon ($5300)
  • Ish Smith ($4500)

Brooklyn Nets @ Memphis Grizzlies

Over/Under: 194
Line: Memphis -12

This is a mismatch that Vegas expects to turn into a blowout. The Total here is also pretty low, so it’s not a great place to look for big fantasy scores. The Nets do not match up well at all with this Grizzlies team. Memphis is one of the best defensive teams in the NBA and they have one of the best defensive centers in Marc Gasol. The entire Nets offense runs through their center Brook Lopez, so they will likely need to find other contributors in the scoring column if they hope to keep this one close. The good news is that the Nets should have starting point guard Jarrett Jack available for this one. The bad news is that Memphis is better on both ends of the floor and should win this game easy. If it turns into the blowout Vegas expects it to, none of the starters will play big minutes and they could all fall short of value.


  • Tony Allen ($4300)
  • Jarrett Jack ($6000)
  • Brook Lopez ($7000)
  • Beno Udrih ($3300)

Phoenix Suns @ Portland Trailblazers

Over/Under: 205
Line: Portland -3

This should be a great spot to look for fantasy points on Saturday. Both Portland and Phoenix play at a high tempo and the game should remain close based off the Vegas lines. Portland has been putting up a lot of points and playing some solid defense while the Suns have done the opposite. It is still early, so not trying to put too much stock into it, but Portland is at home and has looked better so far. Both teams strength lies in their backcourts, which makes this an intriguing match up. Whichever team gets better play from the big men and is able to control the boards should have an advantage here. Based on early returns, the Blazers frontcourt of Aminu, Davis, and Leonard look to be the ones who should do that. If the guards play even, those new starters on Portland could be the difference at reasonable prices.


  • Brandon Knight ($6500)
  • Eric Bledsoe ($7300)
  • Myers Leonard ($4500)
  • Al-Faroq Aminu ($4600)

Sacramento Kings @ Los Angeles Clippers

Line: Clippers -12

This game features a pretty solid match up with two of the faster paced teams in the league. Sacramento is committed to playing an uptempo game. They have scored and given up an average over 100 points per game so far. The Clippers are also averaging about 108 themselves, so it’s easy to see why Vegas has the total and the spread right where they are. The Kings front court is solid with gay and Cousins as the anchors. The back court is where the real mess is. Chris Paul should have his way with the duo of Collison and Rondo. These two teams are certainly not friendly, so I would look for Paul to push the issue and the Clippers to try and make a statement here. DeAndre Jordan is probably not a guy to look at with his tough defensive assignment here, but I would definitely look for Blake to do well in his match up against Willie Cauley-Stein. This looks to be one of the best games to target for fantasy upside, but the price of the stars makes it tough to fit them all in together. Cash games and tournaments may very well be decided on who uses the right stars from this game.


  • Chris Paul ($9600)
  • Blake Griffin ($9600)
  • Demarcus Cousins ($10000)
  • Marco Bellinelli ($3800)