It's a rather slow night for NCAA basketball this Tuesday so perhaps the NBA should be your basketball betting focus. Six games on the schedule and SBR has previews for bettors on all of them.
Magic vs. Pacers (-9.5, 190.5), 7 p.m.
Covered by: Darin
Indiana is easily playing its best basketball of the season and enters this one eighth in the Eastern Conference and on a five-game winning streak in which no opponent has scored more than 86 points or shot better than 40 percent. Orlando comes in off back-to-back home wins but has dropped seven straight away from home. There are two injury concerns here for the Magic with center Nikola Vucevic and guard Evan Fournier. Vucevic has missed two straight with an ankle injury but did practice Monday and thus could return. Fournier has missed five straight with a hip injury. Indiana is 2-0 vs. Orlando this season, holding to Magic under triple digits in both. Darin says give the points.
Pelicans vs. Nets (-3, 190.5), 7:30 p.m.
Covered by: Scott
New Orleans won a second straight Monday, 114-103. Anthony Davis went bonkers with 43 points, tying a career high, 10 rebounds and six assists. Davis has three games with at least 40 points and 10 rebounds this season. That's tied with Russell Westbrook for the most such games in the NBA this year. The news wasn't all good as New Orleans guard Tyreke Evans left in the third quarter with an ankle injury and could miss some time. The Pelicans beat the visiting Nets 102-96 on Feb. 25 despite Davis missing that game due to injury. Quincy Pondexter had a career-high 25 points for the Pelicans. Joe Johnson led Brooklyn with 21 points. Scott recommends Brooklyn.
Cavaliers vs. Mavericks (+4.5, 200), 8:30 p.m.
Covered by: Jordan
With his first assist of the night Tuesday, Cavs star LeBron James will become the franchise leader. He's currently tied with Mark Price. The Mavericks ended a two-game losing streak with a seven-point win at the Lakers on Sunday. Dallas welcomed back small forward Chandler Parsons from a seven-game injury absence and he had 11 points in 35 minutes. Dallas thumped Cleveland 109-90 in early January when LeBron was out injured. In addition, Kyrie Irving left in the third quarter with an injury. Kevin Love led the Cavs with 30 points, while Monta Ellis paced Dallas with 20. Check out Jordan's NBA pick here.
Raptors vs. Spurs (-7.5, 205.5), 8:30 p.m.
Covered by: Matt
Two teams going opposite directions here as Toronto has lost three straight games despite committing less than 10 turnovers in each of them, while San Antonio is on a five-game winning streak and starting to look like the NBA champions they are. Tony Parker is on fire this month, shooting nearly 65 percent from the field and averaging 25.0 points after a lousy February. The Spurs are still just fourth in their division, however, and seventh in the West. The Raptors' DeMar DeRozan also is playing great in March, averaging 28.5 points. He goes for a career-best fifth straight game with at least 20 here. The Raptors try for their first-ever season sweep of San Antonio. The Spurs have won five straight at home in this series but lost 87-82 in Toronto back on Feb. 8. Parker and Tim Duncan combined for only 22 points as the Spurs hit just 31 of 93 from the field overall. Matt likes a San Antonio cover here.
Knicks vs. Jazz (-14, 183.5), 9 p.m.
Covered by: Joe C.
When is the last time you saw Utah as such a big favorite? That just shows the sorry state of the New York Knicks these days. New York lost its fourth straight on Monday and again in embarrassing fashion: 106-78 in Denver to begin a five-game road trip. Both Quincy Acy and Tim Hardaway Jr. missed the game with injuries. The Knicks became the first team in the league to reach 50 losses. Utah has won two straight and nine of 12. The Jazz won at the Knicks 102-100 on Nov. 14 on Trey Burke's buzzer-beater. Joe C. is leaning Utah.
Pistons vs. Lakers (+2.5, 199), 10:30 p.m.
Covered by: Jason
Los Angeles lost for the fifth straight game Sunday at home to Dallas. Leading scorer Nick Young missed his seventh straight game because of a sore left knee. "He still has pain in there and some swelling," Coach Byron Scott said. "It's not going down as quickly as we had anticipated, so we're less optimistic about him coming back anytime soon." Don't expect to see Young again this season. Detroit has fallen back out of the playoff race with six straight defeats. The Lakers won in Detroit 106-96 in early December, L.A.'s fifth victory in a row in this series. Jason is taking the points.