Free NBA Picks: Tuesday Basketball Odds & Betting Lines Report

Matthew Jordan

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 12:52 PM GMT

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 12:52 PM GMT

We have a full schedule on tap tonight, so which matchups have we decided to focus on with our free NBA picks?

 

Rockets at Heat (-1.5, 200.5)
Covered by Matt Jordan

Clear matchup of the night Tuesday between 4-0 Houston and 3-0 Miami. The Rockets could be a bit gassed after winning 104-93 in Philly on Monday night and having to fly south after. Houston has won all four games by double digits -- although failed to cover against Sixers -- and is 4-0 for the first time in 18 seasons. Star center Dwight Howard did play Monday despite being listed as questionable with a minor knee injury. However, starting point guard Patrick Beverley didn't with a hamstring injury and is questionable again vs. Miami. That hurts Houston more defensively than on offense. Matt likes giving the X points and the 'over' between two of the highest-scoring teams in the NBA.

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Thunder at Raptors (-11.5, 194.5)
Covered by Dave L.
That line rose a bit overnight after Oklahoma City was crushed 116-85 in Brooklyn on Monday. The Thunder's Reggie Jackson scored 23 points in his season debut after missing the first three games with a sprained right ankle, but that was about the only good news. To make matter worse, guard Andre Roberson, who is starting only because OKC is so injury-ravaged, sprained his left foot in the first half and left on crutches. He won't play here. Thus the Thunder are likely to have just nine players available. So perhaps it's no surprise that Dave picks the rested, healthy Raptors to cover.

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Magic at Bulls (-12.5, 188.5)
Covered by Ron Patrick
This is the biggest spread on the board for Tuesday but has lowest total. The key thing to monitor here is the injury status of three of Chicago's best players: Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson. Rose and Gibson missed Saturday's game in Minnesota, which Butler won with two free throws in the final seconds. All three guys practiced Monday and are listed as probable. Clearly this line would look a lot different if the trio was going to sit, even as bad as the Magic have been thus far in 2014. But Ron still likes Orlando to cover this big number.

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Suns at Lakers (+6.5, 213)
Covered by Dave L.
Can the Lakers get their first win of the season -- or at least lose close for once? The Suns’ 27-point loss in Utah on Saturday is a source of concern. Phoenix might be great in its best moments but when you have the ups and downs the Suns are experiencing right now, how much can you be trusted? That being said, while the Suns have some flaws, the Lakers' issues are far greater. We’re talking about a team that’s allowed an NBA-high average of 118 points per game. The Suns' run-and-gun style should get to that number again, which makes it hard to take the Lakers. Plus Phoenix beat L.A. 119-99 in the Suns' season opener in the desert. Dave thus recommends giving L.A. the points.

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The Houston Rockets and Miami Heat face off in south Florida in the only matchup of unbeaten teams on Tuesday's eight-game NBA schedule. Here are the ones SBR has circled as the top games to place your NBA picks on at sportsbooks. All times Eastern.

Rockets at Heat
Covered by Matt Jordan

The schedule tips off with a 7:30 p.m. start in Miami, and shown on NBATV, in what might have been an NBA Finals preview if this were one year ago. Now? Neither Houston nor Miami is expected to get out of its conference after suffering some major losses in the offseason. The big story line here surrounds Heat All-Star forward Chris Bosh. When LeBron James decided to leave Miami for Cleveland as a free agent, Bosh nearly followed LeBron out of town but to Houston in his native Texas. It was all but a formality but at the last minute Bosh spurned the Rockets to accept a max deal from Miami. Essentially, going all in for Bosh caused Houston to lose Chandler Parsons, Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin, with the latter two traded to free up cap room for Bosh.

It's the second of a back-to-back for Houston as it visited the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night. At least that means we know the Houston players weren't out partying on South Beach on Monday night. Keep an eye on the status of Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley as he's dealing with a strained left hamstring. Center Dwight Howard also is injured and it's possible he sits. The Heat are a moderately surprising 3-0 after losing LeBron. Bosh has been sensational, averaging 25.7 points and 11.3 rebounds. New addition Luol Deng is averaging 15.0 points per game in LeBron's old starting spot. The Heat, who were off Monday, have scored at least 107 points in all three games. LeBron who?

 

Thunder at Raptors
Covered by Dave L.

Next we head north of the U.S. border for this 7:30 tip between two teams that expect to contend for their conference championships in Oklahoma City and Toronto. It's the second of a back-to-back for the Thunder after playing in Brooklyn on Monday. Of course no team has been hit harder with injuries than OKC as it is without All-Stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook for at least a month each. Monday's game was just the third time in the history of the Thunder franchise that the team played without both guys. As expected, the Thunder have struggled without their stars. If there's one bright spot it's that youngster Perry Jones is playing well in Durant's spot. Toronto is one of the NBA's highest-scoring teams at 106.3 points per game and didn't have to play Monday night. It last played Sunday in Miami and suffered loss No. 1, 107-102 to the Heat. The Raptors opened as 11.5-point favorites here with betting listing the total of 191.5. Keep you eyes on SBR's free NBA odds to see if this line moves in our favor and opens up new betting value.

 

Magic at Bulls
Covered by Ron Patrick

It's a short flight from Toronto to Chicago, where we head next as the Bulls host the Orlando Magic with an 8 p.m. tip.  This will be a late-posting line because online sportsbooks want to wait and see if the Bulls will have Derrick Rose and/or Taj Gibson in the lineup. Yes, Rose is hurt yet again but this time's it not serious. He missed Saturday's last-second win in Minnesota with sprained ankles. Gibson also sat with an ankle problem. Both did practice on Monday so that's a good sign. Orlando is looking for its first win on the young season. All three defeats have been by at least seven points and the Magic have allowed triple digits in all three games while failing to get their themselves. The Magic rank 24th in scoring and 27th in points allowed.

 

Suns at Lakers
Covered by Dave L.

SBR concludes its trip around the Association with this game from Los Angeles -- with a 10:30 p.m. tip it's the latest-starting game on Tuesday's schedule. The Lakers look like perhaps the worst team in the NBA at 0-4 -- the losing has to be eating Kobe Bryant alive.  L.A. has kept just one game within single digits and has allowed at least 108 points in all four defeats. The Lakers are dead last in scoring defense at 118 points allowed per game. That doesn't bode well against the up-tempo Suns. They are 2-1, falling in Utah on Saturday night 118-91 in what might have been a letdown game after upsetting San Antonio on Friday night. The Suns and Lakers opened the season against one another, a 119-99 Phoenix win in the desert. Goran Dragic scored 12 of his 18 points in the third quarter, when the Suns outscored the Lakers 39-24 and led by as many as 29. Kobe had 31 for L.A. Phoenix opened at -7 here on NBA odds.

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