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NBA Saturday Night Picks & Predictions for October 28th, 2023

Get the latest NBA Saturday Night picks and predictions for October 28th, 2023. Find out expert insights on games like the Knicks vs the Pelicans and much more.

New York Knicks vs New Orleans Pelicans

  • Date: Saturday, October 28, 2023
  • Location: Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
  • TV: Bally Sports New Orleans

The New Orleans Pelicans (1-0) will compete against the New York Knicks (0-1) at Smoothie King Center on Saturday.

The Knicks took the court against the Celtics and ended up losing by a score of 108-104 in their last contest. When discussing personal fouls, the Knicks ended up walking away with 22 while the Celtics totaled 22 personal fouls. They buried 12 out of their 39 attempts from three-point range. Boston ended up going 84.6% when shooting free throws by making 22 of their 26 tries. Moreover, Boston grabbed 46 rebounds (7 offensive, 39 defensive), but wasn’t able to put a block in the stat sheet. Boston dished out 18 dimes and had 6 steals for this contest. Regarding the defense, New York allowed their opponent to shoot 48.1% from the floor on 37 out of 77 shooting. They also recorded 24 assists in this contest while forcing the other team into 13 turnovers and earning 9 steals. In the matter of rebounding, they earned a total of 47 with 17 of them being of the offensive variety. When they shot from the free throw line, the Knicks converted 14 of 26 shots for a rate of 53.8%. New York wrapped up the contest having earned a 37.1% FG percentage (36 of 97) and buried 18 out of their 41 three-point attempts.

RJ Barrett is a guy who came through in this contest. He walked away with 24 points on 8 of 20 shooting. He was on the court for 36 mins and also grabbed 3 boards. Barrett went 40.0% from the field and totaled 2 assists.

New York heads into this matchup with a win-loss record of 0-1 on the year. They currently have an average of 104.0 pts per contest (20th in the league) while hitting 37.1% from the floor. The Knicks are hitting 43.9% on 3-point shots (18 of 41) and 53.8% from the free throw line. As a unit, New York is grabbing 47.0 rebounds per game and has accounted for 24 dimes for the year, which ranks 19th in the league in terms of passing. They are giving up possession 11.0 times per game and as a squad they commit 22.0 fouls per game.

When they are on defense, the Knicks are able to force 13.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 22.0 fouls. They give up 30.8% on 3-point shots and they rank 13th in the NBA in points per game allowed (108.0). The Knicks are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 48.1% (37 of 77) and they surrender 46.0 rebounds per game as a unit. They are ranked 1st in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 18 surrendered so far this year.

In their last game, the Pelicans walked away with a victory by a final of 111-104 against the Grizzlies. In relation to attacking the glass, New Orleans permitted Memphis to collect 37 in total (8 offensive). They shot 27.9% from three-point range via 12 of 43 and finished the game at 16 out of 20 from the free throw line (80.0%). The Pelicans allowed the Grizzlies to convert 38 of their 91 tries from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 41.8% in this game. When the final whistle blew, the Pelicans finished 40 for 85 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 47.1%. In regard to shooting from downtown, New Orleans knocked down 14 of their 32 tries (43.8%). They were able to knock down 17 of them for a percentage of 77.3%. The Grizzlies committed 19 personal fouls for this contest which got the Pelicans to the free throw line for a total of 22 attempts. They gave up possession 21 times, while earning 8 steals for the matchup. The Pelicans were able to pull down 41 defensive boards and 11 offensive rebounds for a total of 52 for the matchup.

CJ McCollum was important for the Pelicans in this contest. McCollum tallied 24 points in his 37 minutes on the court and earned 6 assists in the matchup. He converted 8 of 16 in the game giving him a rate of 50.0%, and had 4 rebounds.

New Orleans has a record of 1-0 this season. As an offense, the Pelicans are shooting 47.1% from the floor, which ranks them 14th in the league. New Orleans has scored 111 pts on the year and they snag 52.0 rebounds per contest. They are assisting teammates 22.0 times per contest (21st in the league) and they are losing possession via turnover 21.0 times per game. The Pelicans are responsible for committing 21.0 fouls per contest and they shoot 77.3% from the charity stripe.

The New Orleans defense concedes 27.9% on 3-point attempts (12 of 43) and their opponents are making 80.0% of their foul shots. They have given up 23.0 dimes and 37.0 total boards per game, which is ranked 12th and 2nd in the NBA. The Pelicans defensively are ranked 9th in the league in PPG given up with 104.0. They are forcing their opponents into 13.0 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 41.8% from the field (8th in the NBA).

The Pick: New Orleans Pelicans -3

Odds source: Bovada Sportsbook (USA), Bodog Sportsbook (Canada)

Philadelphia 76ers vs Toronto Raptors

  • Date: Saturday, October 28, 2023
  • Location: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
  • TV: TSN

The Philadelphia 76ers (0-1) will face off against the Toronto Raptors (1-0) at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON on Saturday, October 28, 2023.

In their last game, the Philadelphia 76ers (0-1) suffered a close loss to the Milwaukee Bucks with a final score of 118-117. Despite their efforts, the 76ers were unable to secure the win. The Bucks committed 23 personal fouls compared to the 76ers’ 28 fouls. Philadelphia made 11 of 30 attempts from beyond the arc and shot 67.9% from the free throw line. The Bucks outrebounded the 76ers, securing a total of 44 rebounds, and also recorded 9 steals and 4 blocks. The 76ers forced 14 turnovers and collected 39 rebounds, with 4 of them being offensive boards. Overall, the 76ers had a 51.3% field goal percentage and made 16 of their 35 three-point attempts in the game.

Tyrese Maxey was a key player for the 76ers in the matchup, shooting 45.5% from the floor and contributing 8 assists. He finished the game with 31 points on 10 of 22 shooting.

On the other hand, the Toronto Raptors (1-0) emerged victorious in their last game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, ending with a score of 97-94. Toronto secured 47 rebounds in the game, with 8 of them being offensive rebounds. They also forced 14 turnovers and recorded 9 steals. With 16 free throw attempts, the Raptors made 11 shots from the line, resulting in a 68.8% free throw percentage. Toronto converted 14 of their 35 three-point attempts and had a field goal percentage of 40.0%. Dennis Schroder played a crucial role for the Raptors, contributing 22 points and 7 assists in his 33 minutes on the court.

In terms of averages, the Philadelphia 76ers are scoring an average of 117.0 points per game and shooting 51.3% from the field. They have a 45.7% three-point shooting percentage and a 67.9% free throw shooting percentage. The 76ers are collecting an average of 39.0 rebounds per game and have recorded a total of 25 assists this season. On defense, they force an average of 14.0 turnovers per game and commit 28.0 fouls per game.

The Toronto Raptors have a 1-0 record and are committing 18.0 fouls per game. They shoot 68.8% from the free throw line and average 27.0 assists per game. The Raptors turn the ball over an average of 14.0 times per game. They have scored a total of 97 points this season and grab an average of 47.0 rebounds per game. The Raptors have a 40.0% field goal percentage.

In terms of defense, the 76ers allow their opponents to shoot 50.0% from the field and have given up an average of 118.0 points per game. They force 14.0 turnovers per game and give up 44.0 rebounds per game. The Raptors allow their opponents to shoot 34.0% from the field and have allowed an average of 94.0 points per game. They force an average of 14.0 turnovers per game.

Based on the analysis, it is predicted that the Toronto Raptors will win tonight’s NBA game against the spread.

The Pick: Toronto Raptors +3.5

Odds source: Bovada Sportsbook (USA), Bodog Sportsbook (Canada)

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Miami Heat vs Minnesota Timberwolves

  • Date: Saturday, October 28, 2023
  • Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
  • TV: Bally Sports North

Get ready for an exciting NBA game between the Miami Heat (1-0) and the Minnesota Timberwolves (0-1) at Target Center in Minneapolis on Saturday.

In their previous game, the Miami Heat secured a close victory against the Detroit Pistons with a score of 103-102. Miami finished the game with 18 fouls and converted 11 of 32 three-point attempts. Detroit, on the other hand, shot 60.0% from the free-throw line. Miami’s defense held Detroit to 44.6% shooting from the field and forced 16 turnovers. The Heat collected 48 rebounds and had a 40.2% field goal percentage.

Bam Adebayo delivered an impressive performance for the Heat, scoring 22 points on 53.8% shooting and grabbing 8 rebounds.

As of now, the Miami Heat have a win-loss record of 1-0. They average 103.0 points per game and shoot 40.2% from the field. Defensively, they force an average of 17.0 turnovers per game and hold opponents to 44.6% shooting from the field.

In their recent game against the Toronto Raptors, the Minnesota Timberwolves suffered a 97-94 defeat. Minnesota gave up 46 defensive rebounds and coughed up the ball 14 times. They shot 34.0% from the field and allowed the Raptors to shoot 40.0% from the field.

Anthony Edwards was a standout performer for the Timberwolves, scoring 26 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.

Minnesota currently holds a 0-1 record. They average 94.0 points per game but struggle with a 34.0% shooting percentage. Defensively, they allow opponents to shoot 40.0% from the field and force an average of 14.0 turnovers per game.

According to expert Tony Sink, the Miami Heat are favored to win this NBA game against the spread.

The Pick: Take Miami Heat +5

Odds source: Bovada Sportsbook (USA), Bodog Sportsbook (Canada)

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