An Eastern Conference clash in the NBA highlights a Tuesday night of key games across the sports betting spectrum. Covers checks in on the action and line movement for a handful of games in the NBA, NHL and college basketball, with insights from Will Bernanke, lead analyst for CG Analytics in Las Vegas.
Philadelphia strengthened its lineup by adding Tobias Harris ahead of last week’s trade deadline, then won and cashed its last two games. On Sunday, the 76ers (36-20 SU, 27-29 ATS) drubbed the Los Angeles Lakers 143-120 as 6.5-point home favorites.
Boston went on a 10-1 SU spree (6-5 ATS), then invited both Los Angeles teams to town and lost both outings. After falling to the Lakers 129-128 at the buzzer as 9-point faves Thursday, the Celtics (35-21 SU, 28-28 ATS) tumbled to the Clippers 123-112 laying 11.5 points Saturday.
The Celtics won’t have Kyrie Irving (knee) for this 8 p.m. ET tipoff, and bettors have taken note.
“Ticket count is 78 percent on the 76ers, and dollars are 87 percent on the Sixers,” Bernanke said of pointspread action at CG books, including at The Cosmopolitan and Venetian on the Vegas Strip. “No Kyrie for Boston, so it looks like we will need the Celtics.”
Golden State is on a 15-1 SU tear (8-7-1 ATS) heading into this 10:30 p.m. ET clash. The Warriors (40-15 SU, 24-30-1 ATS) snuck by Miami 120-118 giving 13.5 points at home Sunday.
Utah sits eight games above .500, yet is fourth in a hotly contested Northwest Division. The Jazz (32-24 SU, 28-26-2 ATS) dumped San Antonio 125-105 as 7.5-point home favorites Saturday.
“Ticket count is even, money is 2/1 on the Warriors,” Bernanke said.
Kentucky is on a 10-game SU winning streak, cashing the last eight games in the process. The Wildcats (20-3 SU, 14-9 ATS) edged Mississippi State 71-67 as 3.5-point faves Saturday.
LSU is also in the midst of a hot stretch, at 12-1 SU and 10-3 ATS over its last 13 outings. On Saturday, the Tigers (19-4 SU, 13-9-1 ATS) beat Auburn 83-78 as 2.5-point home favorites.
“Ticket count is 2/1 on LSU, money is 78 percent on LSU,” Bernanke said of this 7 p.m. ET meeting. “Bettors are clearly on the ‘dog LSU, as the line has dropped from 9.5 to 8.”
Duke has peeled off seven straight wins in the always-tough ACC, beating the oddsmakers in the last four games. The Blue Devils (21-2 SU, 15-8 ATS) went to Virginia as 2.5-point pups Saturday and emerged with an 81-71 victory.
Louisville followed a six-game win streak by dropping two of its last three contests. The Cardinals (17-7 SU, 13-9-2 ATS) stretched Florida State to overtime Saturday, but fell short 80-75 catching 3.5 points on the road.
“Ticket count is 70 percent Duke, with money 91 percent on Duke,” Bernanke said of a 9 p.m. ET matchup. “That’s reflected in the line, as Duke has gone from -6.5 to -8.5. It looks like we will need Louisville.”
Tampa Bay leads the league with 86 points, 14 points clear of any other team in the Eastern Conference. The Lightning (41-11-3-1) rolled past Florida 5-2 as -124 favorites Sunday.
Calgary surged to the top of the Western Conference before losing three of its last four games, but still sits No. 2 with 74 points. The Flames (34-15-3-3) were solid -155 faves at Vancouver on Saturday, but lost 4-3 in a shootout.
Moneyline movement for this West vs. East clash belies where the cash is actually going.
“Ticket count is 80 percent Tampa Bay, with 85% of money on the Lightning, as well,” Bernanke said.
Patrick Everson is a Las Vegas-based senior writer for Covers. Follow him on Twitter: @Covers_Vegas.