NBA betting hits the homestretch before the All-Star break with five games on the odds board Tuesday night, including a fantastic non-conference matchup between the Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets.
Our analyst Monique Vag sizes up the NBA odds, including pointspreads, totals and props, giving her best bets for Tuesday’s NBA action.
RUNNING (THIN) WITH THE BULLS
The Bulls hope to snap their five-game losing streak Tuesday but will once again be very shorthanded for today's matchup versus the Wizards. Chicago will be without Otto Porter Jr., Kris Dunn, Denzel Valentine, Lauri Markkanen, and Wendell Carter Jr.
The host Wizards average 115 points per game on their home court while the Bulls struggle to score on the road, averaging only 107.1 points as visitors. Take Washington and its home cooking to cover the 3-point spread.
The Clippers are 1.5-point favorites versus the 76ers despite being without Patrick Beverley. Los Angeles has struggled in its rare head-to-head matchups with Philadelphia, winning just once in the past six meetings while going 0-6 ATS in those games.
Sixers guard Ben Simmons has been very active on the glass over his last 10 games logging 10 or more rebounds in five straight contests. The Clippers have been prone to giving up a high number of rebounds, ranking 19th in the Association. Look for Simmons to continue his success and bet over his rebounding total of 7.5.
SPUR OF THE MOMENT
The Spurs are coming off a hard-fought game versus the Nuggets Monday, once again struggling to close out games in the second half (outscored 74-53 in the second half) and falling 127-120. San Antonio has lost six straight road games and eight of its last 10 games overall (4-6 ATS) and now travel to Oklahoma City to face a Thunder team which has won nine of its last 10, going 7-3 ATS in that stretch.
The Thunder are a tough out at home where they own a 17-11 SU record on the season but haven’t translated into a great spread bet with a 15-13 ATS mark as hosts. They have, however, won six of their last seven versus the Spurs at home and get to play them in the second half of back-to-back outings. Take the Thunder to cover the eight points.
BIG EASY BUCKETS
The Pelicans are 3-point home favorites hosting the Trail Blazers. NBA bettors will want to keep an eye on the injury report as New Orleans’ leading scorer Brandon Ingram is listed as questionable with an ankle injury.
Both the Pelicans and Blazers rank in the Top 10 in points per game. New Orleans averages 117.7 points on its home court while the Blazers put up an average of 110.1 points on the road.
Portland comes in winning seven of its last 10 contests and scoring 120 or more points in seven of its last 10 games. With the Over cashing in 10 of the Blazers' last dozen games as well as cashing in during 15 of the Pelicans’ last 20 outings, expect offense to be plentiful. Bet Over the game total of 240.
The Celtics have won nine of their last 10 games but find themselves as 2-point underdogs versus the Rockets on the road Tuesday night. Despite being on a two-game losing streak, Houston has won 18 of its first 26 at home (13-13 ATS) and average over 119 points per game inside the Toyota Center.
The Rockets have won the past three head-to-head matchups with the Celtics by an average score of 121-112. Houston has brought a lead into halftime in two of those previous meetings. Expect much of the same today with Houston averaging a league-high 60.8 first-half points per game at home, and the Celtics struggling to score points early on as visitors, averaging only 52.1 first-half points on the road. Take the Rockets -130 on the first-half moneyline.