The NBA took Monday off to make way for the NCAA championship game which means nearly the entire league is in action on Tuesday night with 13 games across the league today. Our top NBA picks for tonight include a double digit favorite, a double digit underdog, and the defending NBA champions.
rockets @ nets
The Bet: Houston +17.5 (-109, Uni Bet)
This is one of the largest NBA lines of the season as a pair of teams on losing streaks meet in Brooklyn on Tuesday.
The Brooklyn Nets have lost their previous two games, falling to the Hawks and Bucks. Houston has lost four straight, though they do have two covers and a push in those games.
The Nets still have a ton to play for, with the team fighting the Charlotte Hornets for the ninth seed in the play-in tournament. Brooklyn also still has a chance to catch Atlanta for the eighth seed, which gives a team two chances to win a game and make the playoffs.
Houston is currently 20-59 and tied with the Orlando Magic for the worst record in the NBA. The Rockets did beat Brooklyn 114-104 on December 8. Houston was a +3.5 home underdog in that game.
Brooklyn has failed to cover all three times when they were more than a 10 point favorite this season and they will fail to cover here as well.
Lakers @ Suns
The Bet: Suns -11.5 (-110, Fox Bet)
Anthony Davis and LeBron James are questionable for this game and the line of -11.5 indicates that the oddsmakers are expecting at least one of them to sit out, likely James.
Does it matter though? The Lakers have lost six straight and should probably be double digit road underdogs if both of their stars play in Phoenix. The Suns only question mark is motivation for this game as the team is coming off an awful loss Sunday, falling to the Thunder by 21 points as a -14 favorite.
The Suns had lost two straight before that two game blip and it’s hard to imagine Phoenix lacking motivation to knock LeBron and the Lakers out of the playoffs. This is a matchup of the best team in the NBA against one of the worst. Take the Suns
bucks @ bulls
The Bet: Bucks -4.5 (-110, DraftKings)
Few teams have dominated an opponent recently as much as the Milwaukee Bucks have owned the Chicago Bulls, with the Bucks winning 15 of their last 16 matchups. That includes three wins this season, the most recent one a 126-98 win on March 22.
The Bulls are still tied with the Raptors for the fifth spot in the East and a win here would knock the Bucks into the fourth seed, potentially creating a Milwaukee-Chicago first round matchup.
Will this impact how hard Chicago tries tonight? Absolutely not, but the Bucks are equally motivated to win and the Bulls have lost 12 of their last 18 games overall. It says here the Bucks make it 16 for 17 against the Bulls.