NBA Finest Picks & Odds Report for All of Tuesday's Betting Action

Matthew Jordan

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 2:08 PM UTC

Tuesday, Apr. 7, 2015 2:08 PM UTC

Six games on the NBA schedule for Tuesday and SBR has you covered with previews on four of them. Here's a synopsis of those, with all times Eastern, and also check out Jordan's picks of the day story and Matt's player props recommendations. 

Suns vs. Hawks (-8, 203), 7:30 p.m.
Covered by: Jordan
Atlanta has alternated wins and losses over its past five games and comes off a 131-99 rout over Brooklyn on Saturday. That was the Hawks' 57th win of the season, tying a franchise record. However, All-Star forward Paul Millsap hurt his right shoulder in a collision with Brooklyn's Earl Clark with 1:52 left in the first half. Millsap, who was left sprawled on the court after the play, did not return and he will not play Tuesday. He leads the team in scoring (16.8 points per game) and rebounding (7.8 per game). Phoenix barely has a pulse in the Western Conference playoff race, and are currently short dogs on the NBA odds. It did end a five-game losing streak on Saturday with an 87-85 win against Utah. The Suns again played without starting guard Brandon Knight and center Alex Len and both are not expected to play Tuesday. Phoenix has won three of its past four in Atlanta. Jordan is going 'over' the total.

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Spurs vs. Thunder (+7.5, 215.5), 8 p.m.
Covered by: Dave
This is the first game of a TNT doubleheader and thus will be offered for live betting at the sportsbooks. San Antonio is starting to look like it's capable of defending its NBA championship as it carries a seven-game winning streak into this one. The most impressive of those wins was 107-92 on Sunday against the Warriors, ending their 12-game winning streak. Golden State's Steph Curry may be the NBA MVP favorite at sportsbooks, but the best player in that game was Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard with 26 points (matched career high) and seven steals (new career  high). "Kawhi was phenomenal, he was the best player on the floor," Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. It was San Antonio's mind-boggling 32nd straight home win over the Warriors. Oklahoma City's lead over New Orleans for the final playoff spot is down to a half game with the Thunder having dropped three straight despite Russell Westbrook putting up a triple-double in two of those. The Spurs and Thunder have split two meetings this season. San Antonio's current winning streak started with a 130-91 blowout of the visiting Thunder on March 25. Dave is leaning red-hot San Antonio for his NBA picks.

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Warriors vs. Pelicans (+3.5, 204), 8 p.m.
Covered by: Matt
 Golden State has lost consecutive games just three times all season and not since late February, but Warriors are staring at that possibility Tuesday night at a desperate New Orleans team. The Pelicans are a half game behind Oklahoma City for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Win their final six games and they will get a first-round playoff date with Golden State. The Warriors have nothing to play for at this point with the top overall seed wrapped up. They didn't look all that focused Sunday in a 107-92 loss at San Antonio, which ended the Warriors' 12-game winning streak. Klay Thompson had one of his worst games of the year with just six points on 3-for-11 shooting. Golden State played without reserve guard Shaun Livingston due to a one-game suspension so he'll return Tuesday. It's the first of a very tough back-to-back for New Orleans, which visits Memphis on Wednesday night. The Pelicans had a four-game winning streak snapped Saturday in Portland, 99-90. They are 0-3 this season against the Warriors and have dropped 10 straight in the series. Matt is taking the points here, wondering just how much the Warriors really care about the result.

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Lakers vs. Clippers (-17, 204.5), 10:30 p.m.
Covered by: Dave
You could all this the battle for Los Angeles, but this series has been pretty one-sided for a while as the Clippers have won six straight and 10 of the past 11 against their Staples Center co-tenants. The teams played there Sunday, with the Clippers rolling to a 106-78 victory. It was the 56th loss on the season for the Lakers, setting a franchise record. The Clippers could get great news Tuesday with the possible return of guard and sixth man Jamal Crawford. He's likely to play after missing the past 17 games with a deep contusion in his right calf. Not that the Clippers need him to beat the Lakers. Crawford was having another Sixth Man of the Year-worthy season before the injury. He's averaging 16.4 points per game. Dave is giving all those points to the Lakers.

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