Six games in the NBA this Tuesday night, as always headlined by the weekly TNT double header. Check out our preview and betting tips for the key matchups of the night here
NBA Tuesday Picks
Phoenix Suns at Brooklyn Nets
Barclays Center, 7.30pm (ET)
The Nets will begin life without Kyrie Irving on Tuesday night as they host the Phoenix Suns in the first of the TNT double-header from 7.30pm. After requesting a trade out of Brooklyn, Kyrie Irving was dealt to the Dallas Mavericks for Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith and a slew of draft picks. Irving was just starting to find some form in the 2022-23 season before he requested a trade, and with Kevin Durant still on the bench for the Nets, it leaves a big hole offensively.
The Suns have won two in a row and eight of their last 10 to push themselves back into top four contention in the Western Conference. They are 29-26 on the season and with Devin Booker back in the line-up, they have a near full strength squad for the first time in well over a month.
The Suns start as 4.5 point favourites on the road, which seems about right given the Nets offensive issues at the moment. Kyrie is gone, KD, Seth Curry and Ben Simmons are injured, while Dinwiddie and Finney-Smith are currently listed as questionable to play after just being traded to the team. Suns should capatalise on all of those factors.
OKC Thunder at Los Angeles Lakers
Crypto.com Arena, 10.00pm (ET)
The Lakers find themselves in yet another prime-time game on Tuesday night as they host the Thunder from 10.00pm. They have won just five of their last five games and sit in 13th place in the Western Conference standings with a 25-29 record. They are, however, just four games out of the top eight, so a turn of form in the lead up to the all-star break could see them right back in contention.
The Thunder sit one spot above the Lakers in 12th in the Western Conference, but have been poor on the road this season, maintaining just a 9-17 record away from Oklahoma City. Star guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has been playing at an MVP level, averging 31.0 points and 5.6 assists per game, but hasn’t got enough help around him for the Thunder to be competing in the West at the moment.
The Lakers start as big 7 point favourites here, which I think is a little much given their inconsistency of late. Instead I like the overs here. These two tea,s sit in 5th and 6th place in the offensive rankings this season, averaging 117.3 and 117.1 points per game. At the other end of the floor, both rank in the bottom 10 in the league for total defense. Back a shootout here.
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