Philadelphia – Memphis
The Philadelphia 76ers bid for history on Saturday, or rather infamy. The league’s most out-of-form crew can equal their franchise record of 20 consecutive defeats when they host the charging Memphis Grizzlies.
When Sixers coach Brett Brown remarked a few weeks back that his side might not win again this season, he wasn’t kidding. Philly – now conceding an average of 111 per night - have dropped 15 in a row at home, although there was some sign of life when they pushed the Indiana Pacers on Friday before succumbing 101-94.
Even at a vast 11.00 to break their streak, they’re a long shot to see off Memphis who have won four of their last five and are just one game in front of Phoenix in the dogfight for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff.
But the Grizzlies are torrid offensively on the road, notching just 93.4 per game. Which is why it’s worth looking at Philadelphia on the handicap of +12.5 at 2.16 or a punt under the total points line of 193.5 at 2.50.
Chicago – Sacramento
The Chicago Bulls are just 2-2 on their current six-game homestand but they get the lowliest visitor when the Sacramento Kings blow into the Windy City.
The Bulls were crushed 99-70 at Sacto last month when Joakim Noah was ejected and DeMarcus Cousins ran riot, scoring 25 points. The Kings, despite their status, have improved defensively lately and with Chicago now giving up just 92.3 per outing, look under the total points mark of 190.5 at 1.88, with the hosts at 1.23 for victory.
Best bet: Go under the total points line of 193.5 in Philadelphia – Memphis at 2.50