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Best bets for NBA season restart opening games

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After 141 days, the NBA is back on the court from the bubble at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. So which side of the odds should you be on?

Betting experts Doug Kezirian, Preston Johnson and Joe Fortenbaugh offer their best bets for the early games of the restart.

Odds courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook.


Saturday's best bet

Philadelphia 76ers (-5.5, 211) vs. Indiana Pacers

Johnson: For starters, it's worth noting that Domantas Sabonis is out for the rest of the season after suffering a foot injury. Indiana is 4.8 points better per 100 possessions defensively when Sabonis is on the floor this season -- by far the biggest positive impact on the team. These two teams met twice in January, and the total for each matchup closed at 215.