Free NBA Picks Of The Day: Slate Offers Powerful O/U Betting Duo

Jordan Sharp

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 1:33 PM GMT

We fell flat on our faces after a 3-0 Sunday, but luckily we salvaged one of our NBA picks yesterday. I am back at it here on a shorter Tuesday slate to release my two best plays. 

Celtics vs. Pacers
This will be the fourth time these two teams have played one another this season, and right now the NBA odds favor Indiana at -2, with a total of 207 ½. While Indiana has risen a full point from -1 where the line opened, the total has plummeted wince it opened last night, from 210 to 207 ½. While the game under is an intriguing option, the fact that these two teams have faced each other so much this season could lead to some more defense being played on both sides.

The loss of Jae Crowder does hurt the Celtics’ defense a lot, but Evan Turner is more than capable of staying in front of Paul George in this game. The bigger factor of Crowder’s injury comes for the Celtics’ offense. Crowder is kind of the Celtics’ second option offensively, and his presence is undervalued a lot on that end of the floor. The Celtics’ Offensive Rating goes from 108.8 to 102.2 when Crowder is off the floor, and for the first time without him in this one, they might struggle on the road offensively.

These two teams both rank in the top five in Defensive Efficiency this season, and now with Boston on the road, they might struggle to score some in the first half. The first half total is sitting at 101 ½ tonight, and seeing as it’s the fourth time these teams have played, defense might rule early on, especially with the Celtics getting used to playing without Crowder.

In their last six meetings against one another dating back to last season, only twice has one of the teams been above 50 points for the first half, and in the three last seasons, there was a team that didn’t reach 40 points. With the injury potential with the Pacers, and with them returning home from a long road trip, their defense has to improve tonight. This season these two teams have turned the ball over against one another nearly 20 times per game too, and with how badly they have shot against one another this season, look for the first half to fall under 101 ½.

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NBA Pick: UNDER 101 ½ 
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

 

Raptors vs. Bucks
The Raptors are coming off a bad loss at home to the Bulls last night who were missing three starters, and now they head into Milwaukee on the second half of a back to back to play the Bucks. The NBA Odds have the Raptors as -2 road favorites, but it is once again the total of 206 ½ that I have my eye on. Coming off the back to back this season, the Raptors are 9-3 cashing the over, which is the third best mark of any team.

Considering the Bucks are much more consistent scoring and cashing the over at home, this looks like a great opportunity to take the over at 206 ½. With Giannis Antetokounmpo playing basically the point guard for this team, they have been much more dangerous on offense. Milwaukee has scored an average of 102 points per game over their last five games, and over their last three they have been even better scoring nearly 109 points per game.

The Raptors on the other hand have seen their defense fall apart as of late. Toronto is giving up 104 points per game in their last five games, and they have cashed the over in seven of their last 10 games. Plus, Jonas Valanciunas might not play in this one, which will just make the Raptors speed up on offense. With Milwaukee average Offensive Rating at 115 over the last three games, choose 'over' in this high scoring game as one of your NBA picks

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NBA Pick: OVER 206 ½
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes