Which of tonight's matchups are we adding to our NBA picks?

Only seven games line the NBA schedule for Tuesday, so we must pick our spots carefully when trying to find value amongst the NBA odds for today. I have a strong feeling that the two NBA picks below hold some great value. Continue reading if you feel like cashing a winner in the Association for tonight. 

Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets 

Lakers vs. RocketsI don’t care how bad the Lakers have been on the road this season; the Rockets are in an incredible funk right now. Also, they will almost certainly be without their starting backcourt once again. Without the services of Kevin Martin and Kyle Lowry, the Rockets will be without a third of their offense. This spells bad news when you’re trying to keep up with Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol. 

Now, the Lakers do hold a 9-14 SU record on the road and a 7-16 ATS record playing away from Staples. This is why NBA lines makers have opened the lines so low at -2 in favor of the road team. However, LA has won their last two road games, both in overtime. 

Houston should and will put up a strong fight against the Lakers. Goran Dragic and Courtney Lee are very capable backups when Lowry and Martin are not playing. However, the new additions of Ramon Sessions and Jordan Hill (from Houston) will be key in the Lakers victory tonight. LA’s last two road wins should be an indicator that their road woes are reversing. Los Angeles won the only meeting so far between these two 108-99, and I see them winning by a similar score this evening. 

My Pick: Lakers -2

Phoenix Suns vs Miami Heat 

Suns vs. HeatThe Miami Heat are once again double-digit favorites tonight at home, this time against the Phoenix Suns. The Heat are -11 favorites and it might be a tall order against a Suns team that has been playing great basketball since the All Star Break. Phoenix is 9-2 SU since the mid season break and have won four in a row. 

Miami on the other hand has been riding around par since the break. Miami has won six of their last ten, but all four of those losses were on the road. Dwyane Wade has been on a huge hot streak in this stretch. He has been the Heat’s leading scorer in four of their last five games. 

These two teams haven’t played one another in a while; December of 2010 to be exact. Since then, both have gone over some changes. The Big Three were in Miami then, but the Suns added Marcin Gortat since then, and I expect him to have a huge game against the Heat tonight. Along with Gortat, Jared Dudley and Channing Frye have been as hot as any player at their respective positions in the last week. These guys, combined with their incredible bench guys, I feel will be more then enough to get the cover on the road. Plus, the Suns still have the league’s leader in assists, that guy named Nash. The Suns easily have the offensive firepower to keep up with Miami. This game will be won by single digits.

My Pick: Suns +11