There is a full slate of betting action on Tuesday’s NBA slate highlighted by two marquee matchups on the league’s broadcast network NBA TV. Things get underway at 7 p.m. with an inter-conference clash in our Nation’s Capital followed by a trip to the West Coast for a late 10:30 p.m. start to close things out for the night.
Minnesota Timberwolves at Washington Wizards (7 p.m., NBA TV)
Minnesota is tied for fourth place in the Western Conference at 38-29. While it has been one of the best straight-up teams at home this season at 26-8, its road record heading into Tuesday night is 13-21. When it comes to betting on the Timberwolves, they are 1-5 against the spread in their last six road games and the total has gone OVER in 10 of their last 13 games overall.
In Sunday’s 109-103 upset against Golden State as a 3.5-point home underdog, Minnesota got another big effort from its top scorer, Karl-Anthony Towns. In the extended absence of Jimmy Butler, he is averaging 20.5 points per game and ended Sunday’s contest with 31 points while pulling down 16 rebounds. The Timberwolves are sixth in the league in scoring with 109.7 PPG.
The Wizards have lost four of their last six games SU with a 2-3-1 record ATS. They were on the wrong end of Saturday’s 129-102 loss to Miami as four-point road underdogs. Washington has gone 2-4 SU (2-3-1 ATS) in its last six home games as part of an overall record of 19-14 SU (12-20-1 ATS) at home this season. The total has stayed UNDER in four of its last five games played at home.
Washington has relied heavily on its top scorer Bradley Beal in the extended absence of John Wall. Beal is averaging 23.2 PPG, but he was held to 16 points in a recent win against New Orleans and 14 points in Saturday’s loss to Miami. The Wizards are scoring an average of 107.2 PPG, but they have failed to reach that number in four of their last six contests.
The Wizards have the slight 3-2 edge both SU and ATS in the last five meetings including a 92-89 victory early this season as 5.5-point road underdogs. The total has gone OVER in three of the last four games.
Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Lakers (10:30 p.m. NBA TV)
Denver has won four of its last six games SU with a 3-3 mark ATS to move to 37-30 on the year. It is currently in a three-way tie with the Los Angeles Clippers and the Utah Jazz for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. The Nuggets have gone 4-1 SU (3-2 ATS) in their last five road games and the total has gone OVER the closing betting line in 12 of their last 14 games overall.
Gary Harris continues to lead Denver in scoring with 17.8 PPG followed closely by center Nikola Jokic with 17.2 points. Harris led the way in Sunday’s 130-104 romp over Sacramento at home with 21 points and Jokic posted his seventh triple-double of the season with 20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. The Nuggets move to eighth in the NBA in scoring with 109.2 PPG.
The Lakers would need a minor miracle to qualify for the postseason at 30-36 SU, but they have been one of the best betting teams at home lately with an SU 11-1 record in their last 12 home games while going 10-2 ATS. The total went OVER 229.5 points in Sunday’s 127-113 upset at home against Cleveland and it has gone OVER or ended as a PUSH in 10 of their last 12 games.
Brandon Ingram is listed as out for Tuesday with a strained groin. He has been Los Angeles’s top scorer this season with 16.2 PPG. In his absence, Julius Randle has elevated his play with 18 points in last Friday’s 125-116 road loss to Denver before putting up 36 points in Sunday’s victory against the Cavaliers. The Lakers are ninth in the NBA in scoring with 108.7 PPG.
With last Friday’s win, Denver has a 6-2 edge both SU and ATS in the last eight meetings. The total went OVER 230 points in that game and it has gone OVER in nine of the last 10 meetings.