Four NBA Picks for Tuesday's Betting Ticket

Matthew Jordan

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 2:44 PM UTC

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 2:44 PM UTC

One of tonight's NBA matches is nationally televised for live betting at sportsbooks: Pelicans at Kings. We have you covered on all four matchups and their NBA betting odds.

Lakers vs. Hawks (-10, 212.5), 7:30 p.m.
Things already are spiraling  out of control with the Lakers, who are off to the worst start in franchise history at 1-9. The Lakers are being outscored by an average of 10.5 points per night, which is worse than any team but putrid Philadelphia. The Lakers are by far the worst defense in the NBA in surrendering 114.7 points per 100 possessions. Nobody this century has finished with a number that high. Coach Byron Scott says he's close to making lineup changes, but what can he really do? There's just not much talent here. The offense should get a boost with the season debut Tuesday of Nick Young. "Swaggy P" had thumb surgery last month. Atlanta had a four-game winning streak snapped in a 33-point loss in Cleveland on Saturday. The Hawks are 4-0 at home, however.

NBA Free Picks: Certainly Hawks should win, but Lakers show some pride and cover the double-digit NBA spread. Go 'over.'


Knicks vs. Bucks (-3, 189.5), 8 p.m.
Few teams look more improved from last season than Milwaukee does in the early going. The Bucks won just 15 games all last season and didn't get win No. 6 on the season until their 27th game. They were  never over .500. Thus winning Tuesday against the Knicks would be quite a big step for Milwaukee (5-5). Two big reasons for the success are defense and the bench. Milwaukee was 25th in points allowed last season but is No. 4 in 2014. The Bucks have held four teams under 40 percent shooting and rank fourth in opponents' field-goal percentage. Milwaukee reserves are averaging 44.8 points, tops in the NBA. New York ended a seven-game losing streak with a blowout of Denver on Sunday but that doesn't mean everything is fixed because the Nuggets are one of the NBA's worst teams. New York won three of four matchups with Milwaukee last season. Knicks starting guard Iman Shumpert  missed the Nuggets game with a hip injury and likely will be a game-time decision here.

NBA Free Picks: Knicks and 'under' are two solid NBA picks you can make tonight. New York can't score and Bucks defend well.


Thunder vs. Jazz (-4, 189), 9 p.m.
There are no sure things in NBA betting, but here's one thing you can be sure of: Oklahoma City won't be involved in another 69-65 game. That was the gruesome final score of the Thunder's home loss to Houston on Sunday. Both teams shot under 30 percent, which hadn't happened in an NBA game in 11 years. About the only bright spot for Oklahoma City, which shot franchise-worst 29.4 percent, was that it blocked 15 shots, two short of the team record. The Thunder again played without injured Perry Jones and Andre Roberson and they won't play vs. Utah. The Jazz return home off a 2-3 road trip. Oklahoma City has won 11 of the past 14 meetings with the Jazz, but those were very different Thunder clubs.

NBA Free Picks: Utah and 'under.'


Pelicans vs. Kings (-3, 199.5), 10 p.m.
Second of a back-to-back for New Orleans, which lost 102-93 in Portland on Monday despite 31 points and 11 rebounds from the unreal Anthony Davis. Portland outscored the Pelicans 34-13 in the fourth quarter. New Orleans center Omer Asik missed the game with a sore back and that was a big loss as Asik is a very good defender and rebounder. Asik obviously is iffy for this game. Like the Bucks, the Kings are vastly improved so far this season at 6-4. Sacramento surprised the NBA champion Spurs 94-91 on Saturday behind 25 points and 10 rebounds from DeMarcus Cousins. Rudy Gay, who just got a $40 million contract extension, had 18 points. Gay is questionable for this game due to Achilles' tendinitis. The Kings had lost 21 of their past 22 vs. San Antonio and 11 straight at home. It's too bad that Kentucky also plays Tuesday night or else Wildcats coach John Calipari likely would be watching this one to see two of his former big men stars, Cousins and Davis, face off. Both should be All-Stars this season and for many years going forward. Sacramento was 3-1 last year vs. New Orleans and won the final three meetings.

NBA Free Picks: Sacramento and 'over' at BookMaker

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