Here's a synopsis of the NBA odds for all interconference matchups on the light five-game slate of NBA action on Tuesday. SBR has you covered with previews of each game.
Grizzlies vs. Pistons (+4.5, 184.5)
Covered by: Ron
Memphis beat visiting Denver 92-81 on Monday even though the Grizzlies played without star point guard Mike Conley. It was his third straight on the bench due to a right ankle sprain so Conley is very questionable against Detroit. The Pistons have been a disaster of late, dropping 10 straight games. Star center Andre Drummond had to leave Saturday's defeat in Utah with concussion-like symptoms after he was hit in the head in the first half. Drummond did clear the NBA's concussion protocol and thus should play against the big Memphis frontcourt of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. That's assuming both Gasol and Randolph play in the second of a back-to-back. Detroit has lost nine consecutive games to Memphis. Ron is giving the points.
Spurs vs. Knicks (+13.5, 196.5)
Covered by: Matt
San Antonio finished a six-game homestand on Sunday with a blowout of Minnesota. Now the Spurs begin a two-game trip at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday in their only visit of the season. I'm confident in saying the teams won't meet in the playoffs considering the NBA -worst Knicks already have been eliminated. It's New York's first home game since finishing a 1-4 road trip through the Western Conference. Two injury concerns for this game. For sure out is Spurs sixth man Manu Ginobili, who sprained his ankle against the Timberwolves. He will miss at least a week. Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. is questionable with a wrist injury. He left Sunday's loss in Phoenix early. The Spurs routed the Knicks 109-95 on Dec. 10 despite San Antonio playing without Ginobili, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard. The Knicks didn't have Carmelo Anthony or J.R. Smith then and still don't. Matt recommends taking the points.
Magic vs. Rockets (-11.5, 203.5)
Covered by: Joe C.
Dwight Howard won't be able to face his former team as the Rockets' center remains out at least another 10 days with a knee injury. Howard did return to practice on Monday for the first time since suffering the injury. Howard has missed 22 straight games. Rockets star and NBA second-leading scorer James Harden broke out of a two-game slump with 34 points in Sunday's 100-98 win at the L.A. Clippers. The Rockets improved to 24-4 when he scores 30 or more. Orlando enters on a four-game losing streak and has dropped 10 in a row away from home. The Magic did upset the visiting Rockets 120-113 on Jan. 14 behind 32 points from Victor Oladipo. Joe C . likes Houston.
Bucks vs. Pelicans (-7, 190)
Covered by: Kevin
What will Anthony Davis do for an encore here? The former No. 1 overall pick had an incredible statistical line in Sunday's overtime loss in Denver with 36 points, 14 rebounds, nine blocks and seven assists. He was the first player in league history since blocks were first recorded in 1973-74 to have at least 36 points, 14 rebounds, nine blocks and seven assists in an NBA game. Davis joined David Robinson as the only NBA player to score more than 30 points, grab more than 10 rebounds, block eight shots and record seven assists. The Bucks come off losses in Indiana and Memphis and have dropped eight straight on the road. Guard Michael Carter-Williams is questionable for this game after missing the last with a sore ankle. Fellow guard Jerryd Bayless could return after missing the last three games with an ankle injury. New Orleans won 114-103 in Milwaukee on March 9. Kevin says give the points and go 'over' the NBA odds total.
Hornets vs. Clippers (-10, 200)
Covered by: Jason
Charlotte lost ugly in Utah on Monday, 94-66. The Hornets shot 29.5 percent from the field and 26.3 percent from behind the arc in scoring their fewest points of the season. The Clippers look to avoid their first three-game losing streak since early February. They got Blake Griffin back from injury on Sunday but lost 100-98 at home to Houston. Griffin played a team-high 41 minutes off elbow surgery and had 11 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. Guard and sixth man Jamal Crawford has missed six straight games with a calf injury and will sit out at least another 10 days. The Clippers won 113-92 in Charlotte back in November behind Griffin's 22 points and 16 rebounds. He finished one assist shy of a triple-double. Jason leans Charlotte with his NBA pick here.