STRAP yourselves in for a massive day of NBA action Tuesday with a huge slate of 11 games for punters to sift through.
That’s right, 22 teams in action, with plenty of opportunity to win.
The biggest match up is the East leading Cleveland Cavaliers in the midst of a road trip agains the flying Washington Wizards.
That game is first cab off the rank at 11am AEDT, along with traditional rivals the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks and the Oklahoma City Thunder visiting the Indiana Pacers.
There are another three games half an hour later at 11.30am, headlined by the sliding Los Angeles Clippers crossing the border into Canada to take on the Toronto Raptors. The Utah Jazz will clash with the Atlanta Hawks and the Detroit Pistons host the Philadelphia 76ers in the battle of gun big men Andre Drummond and Joel Embiid.
A couple of good ones tip off at noon, with the Phoenix Suns visiting the New Orleans Pelicans and the Miami Heat heading to the cold of Minnesota for a clash with the Timberwolves.
At 1pm, it is the Dallas Mavericks up against the Denver Nuggets, the superb San Antonio Spurs visit the Memphis Grizzlies in a western conference show down at 1.30 and then the Chicago Bulls head west to Cali for a date with the Sacramento Kings in the matinee game at 2.30pm.
Now that is a huge day of basketball and has given us plenty of options to multi up into something fancy.
We have run the rule across all 11 games and picked out our best bets of the day.
Here’s hoping we are right.
Suggested multi bet:
Washington Wizards to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers at -116.28
Toronto Raptors to beat the Los Angeles Clippers at -169.49
Miami Heat to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves at -102.04
Three leg multi pays +443 with Sportsbet.com.au
Washington Wizards to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers
Yeah, we know, bet against the Cavs at your own peril. But this game has all the hallmarks of an upset. The Wizards are absolutely flying. 9-1 in their last 10, with a seven game winning streak, Washington is the second hottest team in the east right now.
The Cavs, while still top of the table, are anything but, going 5-5 in their last 10, despite winning their past two. They only just squeaked past the Knicks last time out after putting the cue in the rack with a 27 point lead, allowing them back into the game with a shocking final quarter. Thankfully, LeBron James went into beast mode and got them home with a 32 point 10 assist night, running just about every play in the absence of star point guard Kyrie Irving.
But that effort just won’t wash against the John Wall led Wizards, who haven’t just been beating teams, they’ve been turning the lights out. A diverse inside outside game complements Wall’s nightly double double, the superstar point guard second in the league in assists with over 10 per game to go with his 23 points per night. The Wizards have such an even spread of scorers, with six in double figures last time out against the New Orleans Pelicans in a 14 point win.
Big man Marcin Gortat has started to regain some of the form inside that made him a coveted player many years ago in Orlando, while Bradley Beal has become a scoring machine at the two, averaging a tick over 19 points, a career high. Betting against LeBron is always fraught with danger, but we are happy to do so here, backing in a team with the talent and the form to get the job done on their home floor.
Toronto Raptors to beat the Los Angeles Clippers
No Chris Paul, no Clippers. That’s about the extent of it for the struggling “other” LA team. They have won just two of eight games since Paul went down with injury, the corpse that ate Raymond Felton standing in for the ageing superstar point guard. That is always going to spell trouble.
Surprisingly, the Raptors have not been a whole lot better. Inexplicably, they have only won three of their past 10 games, sliding from second in the east to fourth, overtaken by both the Wizards and the Boston Celtics. They have won two of their past three at home and a win on the road against the lowly Nets last time out should give them enough confidence to knock over the Clippers on their home floor. Look for the Raptors’ uber talented back court of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan to feast on the Clippers with Paul out.
Miami Heat to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves
Before we say anything about this game, I just want to say how much the ACL injury to Zach LaVine stinks. One of the most athletic and talented guards in the game may never be the same player. It is the type of injury that robs players of their athleticism and that is something this kid’s game was based on.
Aside from that, the Wolves haven’t been winning anything and don’t look doing it. They have lost three on the bounce and look headed to the lottery yet again, despite a pair of number one draft picks in Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins on their roster. We said the Wizards were the second hottest team in the east, well the Heat are the hottest team in the NBA, in the midst of a remarkable 10 game winning streak, featuring wins over the two best teams in the west, the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets. The Wolves should be no problem for Hassan Whiteside and his band of merry men and this could be a blow out win, even if it is a road trip to the cold for the white hot Heat.
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