There are six games in the NBA on Tuesday and plenty of them have huge playoffs implications. As always, we preview some of the key matchups and bring you our best free betting picks!
NBA Tuesday Betting Picks
Miami Heat are Toronto Raptors
Scotiabank Arena, 7.30pm (ET)
The Miami Heat will travel across the border on Tuesday night to take on the Toronto Raptors in a battle between two Eastern Conference teams vying for playoff seeding.
The Heat will be looking to bounce back from a blowout loss against the Nets last start which put an end to a two-game win streak. In fact, the Heat haven’t been able to string more than two consecutive wins together since early February, and their highest winning run for the entire season is just four.
The Raptors are enjoying a lengthy homestand as we approach the last couple of weeks of the regular season. They’ve won each of their last two and nine of their last 10 games at home, which is quickly becoming a fortress. Unfortunately, this will be their second last game in front of their fans in the regular season.
There isn’t much between these teams with all things equal, but the Raptors home record (25-14) is far superior than the Heat’s road record (15-21), and that clearly gives the home side the edge here. I expect them to negotiate the win and cover the small spread.
Cleveland Cavaliers at Atlanta Hawks
State Farm Arena, 7:30pm (ET)
Another pair of Eastern Conference rivals will lock horns on Tuesday night, with the Cleveland Cavaliers travelling to take on the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena.
The Cavaliers have been in sizzling form over the past couple of weeks with wins in nine of their past 11 games, but the bulk of those wins have come against sub 500 teams. Still, they’ll be full of confidence when they head on the road after winning four straight games on their travels.
The Hawks are going through another form slump at the wrong time of the season and will enter Tuesday’s slate having lost five of their last eight games. Alarmingly, the Hawks have lost three of their last four games at home against teams with a winning record, and they’ll be facing another such team in this one.
The Hawks are capable of matching it with the Cavaliers when they’re in form, but they haven’t shown their best basketball for a while now. So, with all things considered, I expect the Cavaliers to have the edge on this occasion.
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