Games on Tuesday, March 14, from 10am AEDT
TWO of the NBA’s hottest teams and a pair of Western Conference luminaries will be holding court in a bumper eight-game slate of action on Tuesday.
The Washington Wizards, who just nicked the second seed in the east, head to the cold of Minnesota to take on the Timberwolves, who are coming off a shock one-point win over the best team in the NBA, the Golden State Warriors.
That game tips off at 11am, with playoff solids the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers set to provide the highlight from noon.
Earlier in the day, the Charlotte Hornets host the Chicago Bulls for the 10am tip off, while the Dallas Mavericks head to Canada for a date with the sliding Toronto Raptors.
The fast finishing Milwaukee Bucks take on the Memphis Grizzlies at 11am, with the Atlanta Hawks and the decimated San Antonio Spurs also tipping off at the same time.
At 1.30pm, it’s the Orlando Magic up against the Sacramento Kings in a battle for who can tank the hardest, while Nikola Jokic and the resurgent Denver Nuggets host the woeful Los Angeles Lakers at the same time to close out the day.
Eight games, but we just want the one chance to win.
So that’s why we’ve picked out our best tips for the day to turn into a multi that will hopefully reap big dividends.
Here are our picks for the day, let’s hope we’re on the money.
Suggested multi tips for NBA Tuesday:
Milwaukee Bucks to defeat the Memphis Grizzlies at $2.42
Washington Wizards to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves at $1.94
Utah Jazz to defeat the Los Angeles Clippers at $1.78
Sacramento Kings to defeat the Orlando Magic at $1.88
Milwaukee Bucks to defeat the Memphis Grizzlies
The Milwaukee Bucks are making a late run at the playoffs and a five game winning streak has teams finally taking them seriously. While the season ending knee injury to Jabari Parker was devastating, the return of Khris Middleton has proven a god send for the Bucks, his combination of inside-outside game providing some much needed support for the remarkable Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Grizzlies, on the other hand, are doing their best to concede seeding in the west, dropping four games in a row and six of their last eight. They were even hammered by the lowly Brooklyn Nets. Age, injury and the lengthy season are beginning to catch up to the men in Memphis and, while they still have enough of a buffer to suggest they will hold onto a playoff spot (seven games ahead of ninth placed Portland), the likes of Marc Gasol and Mike Conley appear to be very vulnerable at home against a side that is really on the improve.
Washington Wizards to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves
The Minnesota Timberwolves have been a major disappointment this season. With such a stunning spread of talent, headlined by No.1 picks Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, along with skilful point guard Ricky Rubio, many predicted them to make some serious noise in the west. That hasn’t happened, but it appears the Wolves are attempting to salvage their season, having claimed six of their past eight games, including defeating West powerhouses Golden State and Dallas in back to back games. But they will be coming off a tough trip to the aforementioned Milwaukee, before hosting the dominant Washington Wizards. The Wiz won their fourth game on the spin in an overtime thriller against the Sacramento Kings and, with the likes of Bradley Beal and John Wall dominating in the back court, all of a sudden they are second in the east, leapfrogging the Boston Celtics. They will be keen to consolidate here and this clash points to a win to the more seasoned and battle hardened team.
Utah Jazz to defeat the Los Angeles Clippers
This juicy Western Conference shindig will be a much coveted contest for both teams, with just to games separating the Jazz and Clippers in fourth and fifth in the West. The Jazz have sandwiched three and then four game winning streaks with a pair of losses in between to keep their faint hopes of third seed alive. The Clippers looked cooked a month ago, but the return of Chris Paul and the improved play of Blake Griffin has them back in the hunt. With three wins in their past four contests, they will be no easy beats, but the under rated Gordon Hayward should be able to lead the deep Jazz to victory in a match that we would expect to be decided by just a few points.
Denver Nuggets to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers
All hail King Jokic. Young Denver centre Nikola Jokic has become one of the hottest properties in the NBA, putting up ridiculous numbers, while leading a rejuvenation in the Mile High City that has so far helped the Nuggets sneak into the eighth seed in the western conference. Jokic’s latest conquest was one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference in the Boston Celtics, his 21 point, 10 rebound, seven assist performance leading his side to a 20 point boilover. The Nuggs have won five of eight, but they have mixed sublime play with anything but. It shouldn’t matter against a Los Angeles Lakers side that claimed its first victory in a month when it knocked over the Phoenix Suns on the weekend. That snapped an eight game losing streak (they’d lost 15 of 18 before that night). Put simply, the Lakers are trash and, if the Nugs want the eighth spot in the west, they should be far too hungry here. Look for Jokic to have another massive night against an almost non existent defence that should leak a huge total.
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