It’s a short card on the NBA today but there are some plays I like.

Check out these two NBA picks that I have identified as having some good value for Tuesday night. 

Orlando Magic vs. Washington Wizards 


Both teams are coming off of back-to-back wins last night and now they will face off from the Verizon Center in the capitol city of the United States. The Magic destroyed the hapless Pistons last night from Orlando, despite being without Dwight Howard and Hedo Turkoglu. Washington also had a blowout victory of their own, as they dominated the top lottery-bound Bobcats, 113-85. The spread on the NBA odds board for tonight’s game favors the Magic by -5.5, with a total of 195

Howard has already been ruled out for tonight’s game, and he is questionable for tomorrow’s game. He has been out four of the Magic’s last six games with back spasms and this should have had huge implications on the Magic. However, the Magic could not miss from three-point land last night to make up for Howard being out but tonight I do expect the Magic’s paint defense to suffer dramatically. 

The Wizards aren’t without their own injury concerns, as Nene, Trevor Booker, Andray Blatche and Rashard Lewis are all out tonight. With the injuries for both teams, the benches will be short and the defense will be lacking. Plus, both teams will be tired from playing last night. That’s why I’m siding with the over tonight. Four of Orlando’s last six games in Washington have gone over, and six of the last nine games overall have gone over the total. Look for a run and gun game tonight with plenty of three pointers. 

My Pick: OVER 195


Sacramento Kings vs. Dallas Mavericks 


It’s do or die time for the Mavericks, if they want any remote chance of defending their title. They have dropped to the 7th seed and are tied with the Nuggets for that spot. Dallas has lost three of their last four games, and six of their last ten games. The Kings on the other side haven’t been much better. Sacramento has lost four in a row and nine of their last eleven games. 

These two have split their season series 1-1, as Dallas dominated their first game, and the Kings dominated the most recent one. The most recent win by the Kings over the Mavs broke a ten game losing streak in this series by the Kings in the last three seasons. The Mavs are 5-0 SU in their last five games playing the Kings at home. 

To add to the Mavs domination, Dallas is 15-4-1 ATS in their last twenty games against the Kings. Sacramento has been through a lot of turmoil this season, and are once again back to their losing ways. They have not been playing well, and now on the road, there is no way they don’t get blown out by Dirk and company.

Dallas has finally gotten rid of the cancer that is Lamar Odom and his drama filled wife and her family, so they should be able to move on from that in a big way at home. They need this win a lot more then the Kings, and I see them turning back into the championship caliber Mavs tonight, if only for just the evening. 

My Pick: Mavs -9