The betting board at your favorite online sportsbook offers some interesting NBA action this Tuesday night including a doubleheader of games on NBA TV. The early matchup is a Northwest Division tilt between a pair of teams chasing down the lead in standings. Later Tuesday night a pair of teams in the Pacific Division square off against one another.
Portland Trail Blazers at Oklahoma City Thunder (8 p.m., NBA TV)
Portland has pulled within three games of the division lead at 21-18 straight-up following back-to-back victories against Atlanta and San Antonio at home this past weekend. The Trail Blazers have gone 4-2-1 against the spread in their last seven games as part of an overall record of 19-17-2 ATS. They are 11-8 SU on the road with a 13-6 mark ATS.
CJ McCollum led the way for Portland in Sunday’s 111-110 win against the Spurs with 25 points and Maurice Harkless added another 19 points off the bench. The Trail Blazers shot 52.2 percent from the field as opposed to their season shooting percentage of 44.8. Their top scorer this season has been Damian Lillard with 24.9 points, but he is still day-to-day with a strained calf.
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The Thunder closed as eight-point road favorites for Sunday’s game against Phoenix, but they walked away with a 114-100 loss as part of a 2-1 record (SU and ATS) in a recent three-game road trip. Oklahoma City returns home with a SU 14-6 (9-11 ATS) record in front of the home-town crowd this season as part of an overall record of 22-18.
Russell Westbrook posted his 14th triple-double of the season against the Suns with 26 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists. He remains the team leader across the board in all three categories with 24.9 points, 9.6 rebounds and 10.1 assists a night. The Thunder are ranked 18th in the NBA in scoring with 104.8 points per game, but they move all the way to third in points allowed (101.2).
Head-to-head in this division tilt, the home team has won nine of the last 10 meetings SU and Portland holds a 4-1 edge ATS in the last five games. The total has stayed UNDER in three of those last five games.
Sacramento Kings at Los Angeles Lakers (10:30 p.m., NBA TV)
The Kings snapped a recent three-game skid both SU and ATS with Saturday’s 106-98 victory against Denver at home as 8.5-point underdogs. The total stayed UNDER 206 points after going OVER in those three losses. Sacramento is 13-25 SU with a 6-14 record on the road. It has gone 6-2-1 ATS in its last nine road games and the total has stayed UNDER in three of its last four games on the road.
Sacramento was able to score 40 points off turnovers in Saturday’s win, which is the highest total this season in the NBA. The Kings head into Monday’s home game against San Antonio as 5.5-point underdogs looking for another big night from a starting lineup that featured four players with at least 12 points in the win against Denver. They still remain the lowest scoring team in the NBA with 97.6 points a game.
Los Angeles finally ended an extended nine-game SU losing streak with Sunday’s 132-113 victory at home against Atlanta as a 3.5-point favorite. It has gone a dismal 3-7 ATS during this same span to fall to 18-21 ATS on the year. The Lakers are 9-12 ATS in 21 home games this season to go along with a SU record of 7-14. The total has gone OVER in 11 of their last 14 contests overall.
Sunday was just the second time in the Lakers’ last 10 games that they were able to exceed their season scoring average of 107.0 points per game. Brandon Ingram led the way with 20 points in what was a total team effort. All told, Los Angeles had eight different players in double figures against the Hawks including four off the bench. Defensively, the Lakers are 29th in the league in points allowed (111.8).
Sacramento has a SU 7-2 edge in the last nine meetings while going 6-3 ATS. The total went OVER 205.5 points in the Kings’ 113-102 victory on Nov. 22 after it had stayed UNDER in the previous six meetings.
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