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NBA Best Bets: Basketball Picks, Predictions to Consider on DraftKings Sportsbook for January 9 – DraftKings Nation

NBA Best Bets: Basketball Picks, Predictions to Consider on DraftKings Sportsbook for January 9 - DraftKings Nation

The NFL takes center stage this weekend, but don’t forget about the NBA! We’ve got an eight-game slate on Saturday, starting with the 76ers vs. the Nuggets at 3 p.m. ET and wrapping up with the Kings vs. the Trail Blazers at 10 p.m. ET.

Let’s dive into some of my favorite wagers on DraftKings Sportsbook for Saturday’s NBA slate.

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Hawks -4.5

One of the most interesting storylines early in the NBA season is how little home-court advantage has mattered in 2021. It’s possible that it’s just a small sample size anomaly, but it’s also possible that the lack of fans has had a real impact in that area. So far, road teams have posted a record of 73-58-0 against the spread in 2020-21.

With that in mind, I don’t think the Hawks are getting enough respect here. The Hawks’ record of 4-4 doesn’t jump off the page, but they’ve been one of the better teams in basketball according to Net Rating. They’ve outscored opponents by an average of +4.17 points per 100 possessions so far this season, which is the seventh-highest mark in the league.

On the other side, Charlotte has struggled. Their record isn’t much worse at 4-5, but they’ve been outscored by an average of -2.04 points per 100 possessions. That ranks merely 22nd in the league.

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