Tuesday’s 11-game NBA slate is sure to be one for the record books. There are only six more days left in the regular season before we move onto the NBA Playoffs, so some of these games will go a long way in determining the seeding. Tonight’s national-TV doubleheader will be handled by TNT, featuring the Miami Heat at Boston Celtics & New York Knicks at Los Angeles Lakers.
Philadelphia 76ers (-6.5) at Indiana Pacers – Total: 234.5
PHI: 2 days rest IND: back-end b2b, 3 in 4, 4 in 6, 5 in 7
No matter who will be available for the 76ers tonight, this matchup could prove to be too much for a Pacers team fighting for playoff seeding. Not to mention, Indy is playing its second game in as many nights and the fifth in seven. Meanwhile, Philly had a full two days of rest before tonight’s game.
The Pacers are not good at home, with a 10-23 ATS record there and 4-9 ATS record as a home underdog. It has been the 76ers winning both matchups this season- one win by nine points and the other by 16. A win by the 76ers tonight would put them one step closer to clinching the No. 1 seed in the East.
Betting Pick: 76ers (-6.5)
Brooklyn Nets (-4.5) at Chicago Bulls – Total: 232.5
BKN: 2 days rest, front-end b2b CHI: normal rest
This will probably be the most exciting game of the evening, as both teams have a lot to play for. The Nets are trying to hold onto that No. 2 seed in the East for dear life; that would ensure homecourt advantage in a possible playoff matchup against the Bucks. For the Bulls, they just need wins, sitting 2.5 games back of the final playoff spot. Brooklyn games typically don’t have a ton of defense going on, and I would expect it to be the team dictating the pace in this matchup.
Betting Pick: Over 232.5 points
Dallas Mavericks (-2) at Memphis Grizzlies – Total: 227.5
DAL: 4 in 6, front-end b2b MEM: back-end b2b, 3 in 4, 4 in 6, 5 in 7
I was just talking about the Mavericks on radio the other day, stating my belief that they are going to make a big run in the playoffs. Luka Doncic is doing remarkable things, role players are doing more than their fair share, and Kristaps Porzingis is very close to returning to full health.
Unfortunately, the Mavs don’t get KP for this matchup. But that’s ok, there’s still plenty to be hopeful about. Dallas plays much better on the road, going 20-14 ATS, compared to 14-20 ATS at home. As a road favorite this season, the Mavs are 13-7 ATS. Look for them to take advantage of a tired Grizzlies team playing their second game in as many days and fifth in the last seven.
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