There’s some great NBA games on Tuesday. Let’s break them down, analyse the teams and find the value picks.
Washington Wizards vs. Detroit Pistons @ Little Caesars Arena
The Detroit Pistons haven’t had the season they expected to date after starting off well in December. With a losing record of 25-29 the Pistons will need to make a mid-season surge if they want to make the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Standing in their way this Tuesday night are the Washington Wizards, which are noticeably missing John Wall from the lineup. Despite his absence the Wizards have won their last two games but they came against the Cavaliers and Bulls – hardly two teams in form.
Wizards also have Jeff Green out on a day-to-day basis, which will severely hurt their defense and we can see the Pistons driving to the paint a lot more than often. That shouldn’t be difficult with the likes of Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond in the squad but they need to persist with driving even when it’s not working.
It was the Washington Wizards which came out on top last time these two teams met, scoring a 101-87 win in January. It has largely been the Wizards winning with a 7-3 record over the last 10 games. That is significant coming into this game and the Pistons haven’t been overly impressive in winning 16 of its 29 home games to date.
Washington scored a road win against the Bulls but it was slim picking prior to that with only two road wins coming from their last nine games away from home.
This should be the ideal spot for the Pistons to start making ground in the East. They face a team without their best player and although they have been shaky this season, class should prevail.
Washington Wizards vs. Detroit Pistons Free Pick:
Detroit Pistons –4.5 @ 1.99
Charlotte Hornets vs. Indiana Pacers @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Bookmakers have this line closer than we predicted and we’re confident with the Pacers on its home court as the 1.45 favorite.
One of the most underrated types currently playing in the NBA, the Pacers look to extend their winning streak to six-consecutive games after beating the Pelicans, Lakers, Clippers, Heat and Cavaliers during the winning run.
It was a much-needed run for the team that had lost four on the bounce to end January. February has been kind to the Pacers which have improved to 37-19 on the season and 21-7 at home.
The Hornets haven’t been all that bad lately either with three wins from its last five games but those wins didn’t come against quality opposition. Wins over Grizzles, Bulls and Hawks have seen the Hornets improve to 27-28 this season and they’re desperately trying to get back to .500.
The series is evenly-matched with both teams winning three of their last six games against each other. The Pacers got the better of the Hornets earlier this season when scoring a 120-95 win at home in January and they should derive plenty of confidence from that result.
The biggest statistic in favor of the Pacers is the Hornet’s away record. They are a lowly 8-19 away from home and that’s not going to cut it against a team that has lost only seven games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse this season.
The Pacers look the better bet across the board against the Hornets. They are tough to play at home, they are the better defensive team and they have no key injuries.
Pacers have also scored over 100 points in four consecutive games which includes a 136-point effort against the Lakers earlier this month.
That bodes well for the Pacers and we’re confident they’ll come through with the victory on Tuesday night.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Indiana Pacers Free Pick:
Pacers –5.5 @ 1.91
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder @ Chesapeake Energy Arena
We are not surprised that bookmakers are struggling to pick a favorite for this high-quality NBA game between the Blazers and Thunder.
The Thunder have looked a top contender to challenge the Golden State Warriors in the West by winning its last nine of 10 games. The only game they dropped game against the Boston Celtics 134-129 and they didn’t lose any admirers with that loss.
Portland dropped a game on Sunday to the Dallas Mavericks, their second loss in three games (the other coming against the Heat) and they could be trending downwards heading into this game.
These two teams have met 13 times over the last three years with the Trail Blazers holding a commanding 9-4 record during that time.
The Thunder have won the last two, however, so momentum is with the home side and playing at home is another big advantage for the Thunder.
They have won their last five at home and given the Trail Blazers’ poor away record this season (10-14), we’re confident with the Thunder at a good price with bookmakers.
The market doesn’t completely surprise us but bettors for Oklahoma City Thunder should be rubbing their hands together at the 1.91 on offer in the money line market.
Thunder should come out strong with Russell Westbrook running the show and the improvement of Paul George has made the Thunder a force to be reckoned with this season.
Big man Steven Adams is a solid post player and we struggle to see how the Portland Trail Blazers are going to match up against the more physical and more dynamic Thunder.
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Free Pick:
Thunder to win @ 1.91