Clippers, Pelicans Good Value Picks in Jumbled West Race

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Troy Haliburton

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 5:22 PM GMT

Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018 5:22 PM GMT

Los Angeles is getting points at Minnesota, while New Orleans is favored at home against Dallas. Motivation to make the Western Conference playoffs could play a role in the outcomes.

NBA: Tuesday's Betting RundownClippers (37-31-1 ATS) vs. Timberwolves (32-37-2 ATS)Free NBA Pick: Clippers +3Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

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This might be the best NBA matchup of the night. Both teams have been inconsistent, although the Clippers were able to transcend the injury bug and fluctuate around the Western Conference playoff standings for most of the season.

Once sitting in third place in the West, the Timberwolves have tumbled without injured star Jimmy Butler. Minnesota is 6-9 in games without Butler, falling to the eighth seed in the playoff race.

Los Angeles has gotten a new identity in the absence of the ball-dominant Chris Paul, turning into a different team with Lou Williams leading the attack. The former Sixth Man of the Year has helped turn around the Clippers season by being the scoring threat they need off the bench, supplementing the offense after Blake Griffin was traded. With L.A. just two games behind the Wolves in the standings, this game has a lot of importance for them if they want to put forth a last-ditch effort and make the playoffs.

The Clippers hope to rely on their experience as road spoilers; they have one of the league's best ATS records at 21-12-1 and are +3 road underdogs on tonight's NBA odds board. One way the Clippers can be sure to get the victory is to win the battle beyond the three-point line. Los Angeles is one of the worst teams from distance, shooting 35.2 percent. Luckily for them, the Wolves are one of the few teams behind them at 34.7 percent. The team that can get it going from deep will be victorious, and smart money with your NBA picks says that will be the Clippers.

Mavericks (37-32-1 ATS) vs. Pelicans (37-32-1 ATS)Free NBA Pick: Pelicans -8.5Best Line Offered: Bookmaker

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The Pelicans are finally figuring out how to move forward without DeMarcus Cousins. Just when the season seemed to be spiraling out of control, the most unlikeliest player has come into stabilize their lineup. Emeka Okafor, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2004 NBA draft, had been out of the NBA for three seasons and spent the majority of this year playing for the Delaware 87ers of the G-League before getting the call from New Orleans.

Okafor made his first NBA start in five years on February 12 and the Pelicans are 11-4 since, buoying their playoff hopes. Okafor’s play down low allows Anthony Davis to flourish on the perimeter and not have to worry about doing the dirty work of an NBA big man.

The lone bright spot for the Mavericks has been Dennis Smith Jr., who is averaging 15 points and 5.0 assists per game. However, he will miss tonight's game because of a sprained ankle, leaving Dallas with almost no scoring options in a depleted backcourt.

Dallas has no interest in winning any games for the rest of the season, as the have gone into full tank mode. With your NBA picks you can expect New Orleans, a heavy home favorite on the NBA odds board, to improve upon their 37-32-1 ATS record and stay afloat in the Western Conference playoff race.

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