ATS Numbers Point to Underdogs Nets, Spurs as Solid Picks in NBA Tuesday

Troy Haliburton

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 3:36 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018 3:36 PM UTC

The off-court drama in the NBA these days is interesting, but the on-court product is even better. How will some of that drama translate to the floor for your NBA picks in two of Tuesday's matchups?

Tuesday NBA: Nets vs. Thunder

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Free NBA Pick: Nets +10Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

The Nets are riding a wave of momentum behind the heroics of Spencer Dinwiddie and his three game-winning shots in the past week, while the Thunder are still trying to find some semblance of consistency more than halfway through the season.

Oklahoma City has won four games in a row, including a demolishing of the Cavaliers on afternoon. The problem with OKC is that they seem to play to the level of their competition. The Thunder are 5-2 against the best teams in the NBA (Golden State, Cleveland, Houston, and Toronto) but are only 4-5 against some of the worst (Atlanta, Brooklyn, Orlando, and Memphis). The Thunder lost to the Nets 100-95 on Dec. 7 in Mexico City.

Brooklyn has incentive to win as many games as possible because they don’t own a first-round draft pick. The Nets have won two games in a row and will look to win their third straight for the first time all season. Aiding the Nets in this quest will be D’Angelo Russell, who returned to the lineup this week. Russell will have to take a backseat to Dinwiddie, who has distinguished himself as the team's most reliable player. Brooklyn leads the NBA with an astounding 30-16-1 ATS record (65.2 percent). With your NBA picks, look for the visiting Nets to continue that trend by covering the big point spread on the NBA odds board.

Tuesday NBA: Cavaliers vs. Spurs

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Free NBA Pick: Spurs +1Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

The Cavaliers' season seems to be spiraling out of control and NBA fans around the world are rubbernecking the crash. Cleveland has been as dysfunctional as they have ever been since Lebron James returned. Amid reports the Cavaliers had a team meeting after their 148-124 loss to the Thunder on Saturday, it has come out that in that meeting the players ridiculed Kevin Love for not finishing the game because he wasn’t feeling well. This seems like the equivalent of his teammates asking him for a doctor’s note, and the thought of that cannot be good for team morale.

The Cavaliers can’t stop anyone from scoring and rely too heavily on James to create offense for himself and everyone else. Add all of that to the fact the Isaiah Thomas experiment does not seem to be working at all. Thomas has come in and supplanted Love in the hierarchy of the Cavs offense despite the fact he is shooting only 40 percent from the field.

San Antonio, small home underdogs on tonight's NBA odds board, is going through a bit of off-court drama of their own. Reports came out Monday that the Spurs and star player Kawhi Leonard are not seeing eye-to-eye on how he should be rehabbing his quad injury from last summer. However, this squabble between player and front office has not stopped the Spurs from amassing the third-best record in the Western Conference, and a lot of that has to do with good coaching.

For your NBA picks, consider that the Spurs are one of the league's better teams in terms of ATS record at 24-21, while the Cavaliers are the absolute worst at 11-33-1.

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