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The Cleveland Cavaliers surged into second place in the Eastern Conference following a 26-point win against the visiting Sacramento Kings, while the Los Angeles Clippers scored 47 points in the fourth quarter to beat the Atlanta Hawks 149-144 in regulation.
Here are our favorite NBA player prop picks for Tuesday.
Haliburton is dealing with a minutes restriction as the Indiana Pacers attempt to reintegrate him following his hamstring strain. Although he did not play more than 22 minutes in four games since his return, he cashed the over in three games (all in his last three games), most recently scoring 17 points in 20 minutes.
The Pacers are taking on the Houston Rockets, who allow 8.3 more points per 100 possessions on the road than they do at home and are only 16th in road defensive rating. So, despite their typical branding, Haliburton doesn’t have the toughest matchup in the world and also has a low bar to clear.
DiVincenzo has been as active as a shooter and scorer recently as he has been at any point in his career—that said, he’s been relatively inefficient, shooting 37.5% or worse from three in three of his last four games. His saving grace is he attempted a minimum of 15 threes in four straight games, which is an enormous volume even for someone like Steph Curry.
With a return to any sort of traditional workload, DiVincenzo is likely to take some steps backward. And despite his extreme volume, he only cashes the over in three of his last eight games.
Butler notoriously turns his game up a notch when the playoffs arrive, but he’s been in a great scoring stretch recently. The 34-year-old scored 21+ points in five straight games, a couple of those games coming against great defenses, though he only managed 15 when the Miami Heat met the Orlando Magic on Jan. 21.
The Magic are fifth in defensive rating over their last 15 games but concede the eighth-most free-throws per game, which could be problematic dealing with Butler, who attempts the fifth-most free-throws per game.
Booker and the Phoenix Suns are taking on the Milwaukee Bucks at a time when they are reeling. Milwaukee’s defense has been disappointing all year, and their defensive rating in four games with Doc Rivers as their head coach is slightly worse than their season standard. They’re also just 1-3 with multiple blown fourth-quarter leads during his brief tenure.
Booker, as the primary ball-handler going against the point-of-attack defender, will have the option to call his own number all night. He hasn’t been amazing as a scorer recently and went under this line in four straight games, but we expect to see a fiery version of him against a potential NBA Finals contender.
Betting SGA’s over has been a worthy investment more times than not throughout the season. He only broke 35 points once in his last 12 games, but he’s been extremely consistent in getting to 30. Even excluding his last game, a double-overtime thriller in which he posted 23 points, 14 rebounds, and nine assists, he cashed the over in four of his last seven games.
Jalen Williams is questionable and Isaiah Joe is out against the Utah Jazz on Tuesday, which means SGA could be under more pressure to carry the scoring burden. He came up just short of this line in two previous meetings with the Jazz but scored 30+ in both games, and Utah still hasn’t fixed its defense.
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