What better way to kick off the New Year than with an exciting six-game slate of NBA action. As always, we bring you our best spread and player prop betting tips for the night right here!
NBA Betting Picks: Saturday January 1st
San Antonio Spurs at Detroit Pistons
Little Caesars Arena, 7pm ET
The Spurs didn’t finish the year in the best of form with losses in each of their last two games, but both were against quality opposition and they had won three in a row prior to that. Overall, the Spurs would be content with where they currently stand, but will be looking to climb from their current position of 10th spot in the West.
The Pistons were always going to find winning games on regularly basis tough this season considering just how young and inexperienced their roster is. There’s still been plenty of positives to take from 2021, with recent high draft picks Cade Cunningham and Saddiq Bey both coming along nicely.
The Pistons have been by far the worst team in the competition this season in our opinion and also have a ton of outs at the moment due to health and safety protocols. They’ve won just once in the past six weeks and although the Spurs aren’t in the best of form at the moment, we still expect this to be a one-sided affair in favour of the visitors.
Denver Nuggets at Houston Rockets
Toyota Center, 8pm ET
The Nuggets finished 2021 on a high with a fantastic road win against the league-leading Warriors via an 89-86 score-line. That win made it a perfect 2-0 on their current road trip which will extend for one more game after their Saturday night clash. Amazingly, the Nuggets current find themselves in fifth spot in the West at 17-16 despite all of the injuries they’ve been dealt.
The Rockets went on a 15-game losing streak at the start of the season and will find themselves in a similar situation once again if they can’t find some better form. They finished off the year with six losses in a row, five of which were by a double-figure margin. The Rockets now have a dismal 10-26 record, which is the worst mark in the West.
The Nuggets have been presented with the perfect opportunity to make it three wins on the spin and build some serious momentum to start 2022. They only beat the Rockets by a solitary point when they met earlier in the season, but they’re in far better form this time around and should be able to make light work of the Rockets on this occasion.
Golden State Warriors at Utah Jazz
Vivint Arena, 9pm ET
The Warriors have had a fantastic season to date but couldn’t end the year on a high as they lost their last game of 2021 at home to the Nuggets. That loss snapped a three-game winning streak that included a Christmas Day victory away to the then league-leaders in the Suns. The Warriors are now 27-7 on the season, which is currently the best record in the NBA.
The Jazz haven’t quite matched the stellar regular season they had last campaign, but they’re certainly getting better and better as the season progresses and now own the third best record in the NBA at 26-9. They finished of 2021 with wins in each of their last six games, four of which were by a double-figure margin.
Interestingly, these teams are yet to face each other this season, but the Warriors won the season series 2-1 last campaign. Unfortunately for the Warriors, they’ll be without Draymond Green for this clash, which is a massive loss for the league-leaders. We expect that the Jazz will be able to make the most of Green’s absence and cover the spread on their home deck.