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There are just three games on the schedule for NBA Tuesday night. Each matchup has some big implications for their respective conferences!
In a homecoming matchup, LeBron James leads his Los Angeles Lakers against Donovan Mitchell's Cleveland Cavaliers. The Detroit Pistons will be looking to earn an upset when they face off against the Miami Heat. And it's a star-studded matchup when Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks take on Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets!
Let's take a look at the bets!
When: 7:30 PM EST
|Los Angeles Lakers||+4.0 (-110)||O 224.0 (-110)||+165|
|Cleveland Cavaliers||-4.0 (-110)||U 224.0 (-110)||-185|
After a dreadful start to the season, the Los Angeles Lakers enter this game having won five of their last six games and are two games out from .500. The Cleveland Cavaliers, on the other hand, have gone three and three over their last six games - losing to some key Eastern Conference rivals. In LeBron James' homecoming, it's sure to be an exciting match!
Over their last six games, the Los Angeles Lakers have been thriving off the back of a high-powered offense that's been averaging 125.7 points on 51.0% from the field and 39.4% from three. The Cavaliers' struggles have stemmed from their lack of paint presence with Jarrett Allen unavailable, allowing their opponents to shoot 45.3% from the field and getting out-rebounded 40.2 to 41.3.
Expect an up-and-down matchup when the Lakers face the Cavaliers. Both teams can push the pace, but Los Angeles projects to have the paint advantage through Anthony Davis. Expect a high-scoring affair!
When: 7:30 PM EST
|Detroit Pistons||+8.5 (-107)||O 222.0 (-107)||+340|
|Miami Heat||-8.5 (-107)||U 222.0 (-107)||-390|
The Miami Heat have fallen to ninth in the Eastern Conference, having lost six of their last ten games. The Detroit Pistons have been struggling all season long, now finding themselves 14th in the East after losing seven of their last ten games. Incoming is a matchup between two of the lowest-scoring teams in the NBA.
Looking to rebound from a loss to a vulnerable Grizzlies team, the Heat look to improve on a night where they shot just 39.2% from the field and 35.0% from three-point range. The Pistons on the other hand will want to clean up their defense, as they're coming off of a game where they allowed 15 threes on 42.9% shooting.
Considering neither team are really considered a scoring threat, expect a gritty game decided by interior play. By the numbers that advantage goes to the Miami Heat, but don't be surprised if the Pistons' rebounding prowess keeps it competitive for a while. Still, Miami should have too much offensive depth for the Pistons to overcome.
When: 10:00 PM EST
|Dallas Mavericks||+4.5 (-110)||O 223.0 (-110)||+160|
|Denver Nuggets||-4.5 (-110)||U 223.0 (-110)||-190|
The Dallas Mavericks are coming off an impressive win over the Phoenix Suns in their last game, where their two-way play set the tone from the jump. The Denver Nuggets are entering this game on back-to-back losses, despite winning four in a row prior to that. It's a matchup between two of the league's best European players in Slovenia's Luka Doncic and Serbia's Nikola Jokic!
The Mavericks enter this game off of a 130-111 win over the Western Conference-leading Phoenix Suns, who had previously beaten them in ten consecutive games. Dallas were fantastic defensively, holding the Suns to 44.0% from the field and matching the rebounding battle. Denver's struggles stem from their issues on the defensive side of the ball, where they've allowed their last two opponents to shoot an average of 53.3% from the field while forcing just 11.0 turnovers to 17.0 of their own. Ball security and scoring efficiency will decide the winner in this matchup, as both teams' star men are sure to put on an all-around performance.
Neither of these teams plays at a particularly fast pace, both ranking in the bottom third of the NBA in field-goal attempts per game. The Dallas Mavericks may be inconsistent defensively, but they limit turnovers and convert their chances at a high rate. Expect the Mavericks to find a win.
Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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