Tuesday Teaser | NBA Edition
By: Joe Berra
What a Monday night in the NBA last night! Without having to focus on the Warriors destroying the Cavaliers in their return to the Quicken Loans Arena, it was a memorable night, and one that would have been very profitable for anyone that likes to bet the OVER in hoops action. I’m going to hook you up with a winning Three Team Tuesday Teaser, but before I do, let’s have a quick look at what transpired in the NBA last night.
We had 10 games on Martin Luther King Jr. Day with 4 of them needing overtime to settle the score with half of those needing double overtime. Sure the extra time helped with scoring, but of those ten games, eight of them went OVER…not only that, but five went OVER by 20 or more with two beating the OVER by 57 and 63 points!
Utah and Charlotte played to a 124-119 2OT Final that saw the O/U close at 186, which accounts for our 57 point total. We saw the OVER get smashed by 63 in the Houston/LA Clippers game that saw Houston score 42 points in the 4th quarter to send it to OT after being down 94-80 to start the final frame. Unfortunately, the comeback was all for not, as the Clippers out-scored them 18-10 in the extra frame.
I was too busy licking my wounds from this weekend’s NFL action, but if you’ve been following and playing The Don’s picks, you’d have known he called the OVER in the Rockets/Clippers match-up. You can see for yourself here in his Rockets @ Clippers | Free Play article.
OK, so let’s get on to what everyone is waiting for, today’s teaser. It’s a relatively slow day in the NBA with four games on the schedule. The NHL is making up for it with eight games slated for tonight, but too bad we can’t tease hockey. I’m going to start with the Milwaukee Bucks (18-25, 22-20-1 ATS, 24-19 O/U) traveling to South Florida to take on the Miami Heat (23-18, 20-20-1 ATS, 14-26-1 O/U).
Tonight’s contest will be the first time the Heat have played at home since January 6th and the last time they will play at home until the 31st as they head out on another three-game road trip. Miami has been playing great defense and currently sit second in the NBA allowing 95.5 points per game. The same can’t be said for Milwaukee, who are allowing 103.3/game (21st in the league). Basketball odds makers have the Heat a 5½-point favorite with the total currently at 193.
Our second game for today’s teaser features the New Orleans Pelicans (13-27, 16-24 ATS, 16-24 O/U) hosting the Minnesota Timberwolves (13-29, 17-24-1 ATS, 20-22 O/U). America’s Bookie has the Pelicans a 5-point home favorite with the number set at 203.
Neither of these teams have performed well this year and reside in the bottom four of the Western Conference standings. The T’Wolves snapped a 9-game losing streak in their last one, a 117-87 win against the Suns while the Pelicans have lost seven of their last 10 but have won two of their last three.
The last game of our teaser will be the Oklahoma City Thunder (30-12, 18-24 ATS, 16-26 O/U) at the Denver Nuggets (16-25, 19-20-2 ATS, 22-19 O/U). You’ll find the Nuggets an 8½-point home dog with the total at 213½.
Denver’s playing well as late and are 3-1 in their last four including big wins over Golden State and Indiana this past week. OKC are also playing good ball, winners of 10 of their last 12, including their last 4. Tonight’s game is sandwiched between home match-ups on Sunday and Wednesday for the Thunder who are only 6-11 ATS on the road.
My Tuesday Three Team Teaser looks like this; I’m going to call up the best offshore sportsbook and take the Miami Heat -1½ (B+4), Minnesota T’Wolves/New Orleans Pelicans OVER 199 (B+4) and Denver Nuggets +12½ (B+4) for the win.
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