NBA Predictions and Best Bets – February 13, 2021

| February 12, 2021 12:44 pm PDT

Saturday is set up to be a lot of fun in the NBA. Kevin Durant is back in action for the Brooklyn Nets, and he’ll join his teammates for a little revenge game against the Golden State Warriors.

That’s just one of five juicy games to hit the NBA schedule, too. See who else is in action if you’re looking to place NBA bets on February 13th, 2021.

  • Philadelphia 76ers vs. Phoenix Suns
  • Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks
  • Houston Rockets vs. New York Knicks
  • Brooklyn Nets vs. Golden State Warriors
  • Miami Heat vs. Utah Jazz

It’s a nice compact slate, as bettors get terrific games across the board. Joel Embiid against Devin Booker in Phoenix kicks the day off, while pretty much every game is watchable on this slate.

These condensed schedules can be good for bettors, too. The actual bets are somewhat limited, but it’s less noise to deal with, and you can safely have a hand in every single game if you so choose.

For advice as to how to bet, read on for Friday’s NBA predictions and top betting picks.

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Phoenix Suns Predictions

  • 76ers to beat Suns
  • Predicted total: 220-225

The Sixers lost to the Blazers in horrific fashion in their last game, and they’ll stay out on the road with a date in Phoenix on Saturday.

It’s worth noting that Philly has not been trustworthy on the road this year (7-6), and the Suns are in good form behind four consecutive wins.

Phoenix is feeling it right now and are a strong 8-4 at home. They also happen to own the league’s 7th best defense.

This game is admittedly a bit of a toss-up, especially when you note that the Sixers have an even better defense and are 18-8 on the year.

Philly’s road woes are a thing, but the Suns don’t really have anyone capable of shutting Embiid down. Unless he’s randomly rested here, I think the Sixers can gut out a tough road win.

Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks Predictions

  • Pacers to beat Hawks
  • Predicted total: 220-225

Indiana finally stopped the bleeding with a win over the Pistons, but they’re just 4-6 over their last 10 games.

The Pacers defend well enough, but their offense has been like pulling teeth lately. I’m not sure that will be a huge problem against the Hawks, who are simply mediocre in terms of pace and defensive efficiency.

Atlanta is the more talented team when they’re at full strength, but they’re anything but at the moment.

Their most notable absence is De’Andre Hunter, who is out for the next 7-10 weeks.

A huge outing from Trae Young could always power them to a win, but Indy has them beat defensively, and they have more useful bodies these days.

Indy has ripped off a 7-1 record in the last eight meetings between these two sides, and the Hawks are 6-7 at home straight up. It’s close, but I like the Pacers here.

Houston Rockets vs. New York Knicks Predictions

  • Rockets to beat Knicks
  • Predicted total: 210-215

Houston continues to be without big man Christian Wood, but they could otherwise be at full strength when they head to Madison Square Garden on Saturday.

The Rockets had a nice revival following the James Harden trade, but they are out of sorts right now as losers of four straight.

Opponent Result Score
Miami Heat Loss 101-94
New Orleans Pelicans Loss 130-101
Charlotte Hornets Loss 119-94
San Antonio Spurs Loss 111-106

This is as good of a spot as any to snap out of their funk. Both teams can defend, but the Rockets (usually) have the faster, more fluid offense. New York is also regressing (3-7 over their last 10) and are just 5-6 at home.

The Knicks brought Derrick Rose to town via trade, but that won’t move the needle enough.

Both teams are struggling, but New York played on Friday. They have less talent and should be tired. I’ll take the Rockets.

Brooklyn Nets vs. Golden State Warriors Predictions

  • Nets to beat Warriors
  • Predicted total: 230-235

This undeniably the game of the slate, as the Nets and Warriors push the pace, put up points, and play none of the defense.

Brooklyn has been pretty vocal about their defensive ineptitude lately, of course.

That did propel some spirited play in a win over the Pacers recently, and it’s certainly worth noting the return of Kevin Durant for this game.

Does that mean the Nets put on a defensive clinic and rout the Dubs? Maybe, but Stephen Curry has been fantastic lately and presently has the Warriors two games above .500 and clinging to the 8th seed in the Western Conference.

The most likely scenario is KD and Curry ball out in a wild shootout. Brooklyn wins, but the Dubs keep it interesting and push this one to the Over.

Miami Heat vs. Utah Jazz Predictions

  • Jazz to beat Heat
  • Predicted total: 215-220

The last game of the night is no slouch, as an overlooked Miami team prepares to take on the Jazz.

Miami has fought back from a litany of injuries and a slow start, and they’ll be looking for win number five in a row in this spot.

They’ll also be getting back shooting guard Tyler Herro, who was a surprise scratch in their last game.

Utah has been tough to handle at home this year, and for the moment, they own the league’s best record. However, they just got done hosting the Bucks last night and could be rather tired.

This feels like a trap game. Utah is dangerous, but Miami is on fire and well-rested.

Best NBA Bets for Saturday, February 13th

There are no NBA odds out as I write this, so you’ll have to head into Saturday without any specific NBA picks to target.

Be sure to check out the latest odds at the best NBA betting apps when they drop, and then use my NBA predictions above to place some bets.

Noah Davis
Noah Davis

Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.

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