The Most Important Matchups and Best Bets for Tuesday’s NBA Slate
Tuesday’s NBA slate is on the smaller side. There are five games to choose from, and the action gets underway with a trio of contests at 7:30 p.m. ET.
One of the most interesting matchups features the Nets and the Pelicans. The Nets are the current favorites to win the NBA title on FanDuel Sportsbook, but they’re going to be playing without James Harden and Kevin Durant on Tuesday. Can they pull off the upset with both players sidelined?
Let’s dive in.
The Nets were unable to pull off a victory in their last game after Durant suffered a thigh injury and was forced to leave early. They managed to keep the game competitive, but Bam Adebayo ultimately secured a victory for the Heat thanks to a buzzer-beater.
Durant has already been ruled out for Tuesday’s matchup vs. the Pelicans – along with Nic Claxton, Tyler Johnson, and Reggie Perry – which has had an impact on the betting line. The Nets were originally listed as one-point favorites, but they’ve moved to three-point underdogs on FanDuel Sportsbook.
That might be a bit of an overreaction.
The Nets have still been excellent this season with just Irving on the floor, particularly on the offensive end. They’ve averaged 121.2 points per 100 possessions over 372 minutes with Irving on the floor and Harden and Durant off the court since Harden was acquired from the Rockets. That’s an elite figure.
They also haven’t seen much regression defensively. They’ve allowed 114.6 points per 100 possessions in that situation, and while that’s not a particularly impressive mark, it gives them a Net Rating of +6.6 points per 100 possessions when combined with their dominant offense.
The Nets should have absolutely no problems scoring the ball vs. the Pelicans, who rank just 29th in defensive efficiency this season. Of course, they will have to survive around 10-12 minutes with Irving on the bench in this contest, but they should be better than the Pelicans whenever Irving is on the court.
Ultimately, I like the Nets’ chances of keeping this game competitive. I’m happy to grab the three points, and I would also consider them on the moneyline at +124.
Outside of Nets-Pelicans, there hasn’t really been a ton of line movement on today’s slate. That said, that doesn’t mean there won’t be any closer to lineup lock.
The NBA can be absolutely crazy late in the season with teams resting players, so make sure to be alert leading into tip-off. If you’re quick to follow the news, you can often place bets before the oddsmakers have had a chance to adjust the numbers. Grabbing closing line value is one of the easiest ways to become a profitable NBA bettor.
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