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How to watch, what to watch on NBA slate for Saturday, January 16

We take a look at the games on slate for Saturday, January 16 in the 2020-21 NBA season.

Fred VanVleet #23 of the Toronto Raptors dribbles during the first half against the Charlotte Hornets at Amalie Arena on January 14, 2021 in Tampa, Florida.  Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

The NBA has been postponing games a lot due to health and safety protocols. There’s already been one game postponed for Saturday’s slate and we could see more, so pay attention to the news. The big news from Friday was Timberwolves C Karl-Anthony Towns announcing he has tested positive for Covid-19.

The Miami Heat are expected to get some players back in the lineup after they had to sit due to health and safety protocols. Goran Dragic and Bam Adebayo are both questionable after being in quarantine. Tyler Herro is dealing with a neck injury and is also questionable. Jimmy Butler remains sidelined in health and safety protocols.

The other big news from the week was James Harden being traded to the Houston Rockets. Right now, The Beard is being listed as questionable to make his Nets debut on Saturday vs. the Magic. The trade is still pending and Harden may be held out since he won’t be able to get in a practice with his new teammates. Kyrie Irving remains out Saturday as well while he remains in health and safety protocols. Irving can return to team activities Saturday and should be back in the lineup soon.

NBA schedule for Saturday, Jan. 16

Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs, 5:00 p.m. ET, NBA TV

Spread: Spurs -7
Over/Under: 217.5
Moneyline: SAS (-275), HOU (+225)

Orlando Magic vs. Brooklyn Nets, 6:00 p.m. ET, NBA League Pass

Spread: Nets -9
Over/Under: 225
Moneyline: BKN (-420), ORL (+320)

Charlotte Hornets vs. Toronto Raptors, 7:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV

Spread: Raptors -7
Over/Under: 219.5
Moneyline: TOR (-275), CHA (+225)

Detroit Pistons vs. Miami Heat, 8:00 p.m. ET, NBA League Pass

Spread: Heat -4.5
Over/Under: 217.5
Moneyline: MIA (-180), DET (+148)

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 8:00 p.m. ET, NBA League Pass

Spread: Sixers -1
Over/Under: 220
Moneyline: PHI (-114), MEM (-106

Atlanta Hawks vs. Portland Trail Blazers, 10:00 p.m. ET, NBA League Pass

Spread: Blazers -5
Over/Under: 234.5
Moneyline: POR (-195), ATL (+160)

Postponed games for Jan. 16

Indiana Pacers vs. Phoenix Suns

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