Emotional Klay has Wash. State number retired

The Warriors’ Klay Thompson was emotional as his No. 1 jersey was retired by Washington State on Saturday. “Each year I was in Pullman I had to grow,” Thompson said.

Kemba’s MRI clean; out vs. Suns with sore knee

An MRI on Celtics guard Kemba Walker’s left knee showed no structural damage, but he sat out Saturday night’s game against the Suns with soreness in the knee.

Moore’s Saturday NBA Betting Picks & Angles: Consider Fading Kyrie and Brad Stevens

Here are some betting angles for Saturday’s games based on matchups and trends.

Odds as of Saturday and via FanDuel, where Action Network users get a risk-free bet up to $500.

Bucks at Nets  

  • Spread: Bucks -10.5
  • Over/Under: 235
  • Time: 6 p.m. ET

The Angle: Kyrie’s ATS Struggles

I don’t want to make too big a thing out of it but the Nets are 5-8-1 ATS with Kyrie Irving playing in the basketball games. The last two seasons including Boston teams with Kyrie playing are 38-44-4 (44%) ATS. That’s not great for a superstar, because he’s clearly moving the line but then isn’t carrying.

This line opened as Bucks -6.5 and is all the way up at 10. When favored by at least six points on the road, Milwaukee under Mike Budenholzer is 21-9-1 (70%) ATS. When favored by 10 points or more vs. East teams under Budenholzer, the Bucks are 28-16-2 (64%).

So it’s a pretty good spot for the Bucks.

Here’s the other side of it: the Nets are 6th-best in the league in points allowed in the paint per 100 possessions and 4th best in opponent fastbreak points allowed per 100 possessions. They’re also 7th in the league defending catch-and-shoot situations.

I’m leaning towards the under based on those factors; Brooklyn’s better defensively than common consensus and the total is all the way up at 235.

Source: Blazers trade Bazemore, picks to Kings

The Portland Trail Blazers have traded Kent Bazemore, Anthony Tolliver and two second-round picks to the Sacramento Kings for Trevor Ariza, Wenyen Gabriel, and Caleb Swanigan, a source tells ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Saturday’s Best NBA Player Props: Buy Damian Lillard vs. the Thunder

Betting on props can be one of the easiest ways to build your bankroll. Sportsbooks tend to offer lower limits and take less action on props than they do on games, so they don’t have as much incentive to post an accurate line. That’s where our Player Prop tool comes in handy. We compare our industry-leading NBA …

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Lakers vs. Rockets Betting Picks, Betting Odds & Predictions: Sharp Action Pounding Over/Under

Lakers at Rockets Picks, Betting Odds & Predictions Spread: Rockets -2 Over/Under: 234.5 Time: 8:30 p.m. ET TV Channel: ABC Odds as of Saturday afternoon and via FanDuel, where Action Network users get a risk-free bet up to $500. The Saturday night primetime game returns this weekend with the first edition this season of Lakers-Rockets. …

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Blazers’ McCollum out Sat. due to sprained ankle

CJ McCollum will sit out Portland’s game at Oklahoma City on Saturday after suffering a sprained ankle in the Blazers’ Friday night loss to the Mavericks.

NBA Expert Betting Picks (Saturday, Jan. 18): Best Bets for Pistons-Hawks and 76ers-Knicks

There are 11 games on Saturday’s NBA schedule, and our experts are betting on these specific matchups:

  • 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC: LA Clippers at New Orleans Pelicans
  • 7:30 p.m. ET: Detroit Pistons at Atlanta Hawks
  • 7:30 p.m. ET: Philadelphia 76ers at New York Knicks 

See the four bets they’re making below.

Odds as of Saturday afternoon and via FanDuel, where Action Network users get a risk-free bet up to $500.

Matt Moore: Clippers at Pelicans

  • Spread: Clippers -5
  • Over/Under: 235.5
  • Time: 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC

So Brandon Ingram is on a tear and has been terrific this season. But he’s facing Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers’ other long wings today. So that draws back scoring a little bit.

The Pelicans games have gone over 10 straight times. That’s a tough streak to keep going, and since 2003 no team has ever gone over on a total above 230 after going over 10 straight times. The Pelicans are a much better defense with Derrick Favors on the floor, and there’s not a center threat to tear their weak other centers to pieces.

Hoops HOF to temporarily close for renovations

The final phase of a $23 million renovation will force the Basketball Hall of Fame to close to visitors from Feb. 3 to March 25.

Saturday’s Projected NBA Starting Lineups & Injury News

Below are the projected starting lineups for each NBA team for Saturday’s 11-game slate, along with notable news for each squad. For real-time updates to these lineups, check out the NBA Labs Insiders tool. Last updated at 12:45 p.m. ET. Projected NBA Starting Lineups for Saturday, January 18 Atlanta Hawks: Trae Young – Kevin Huerter – …

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