NBA Picks: Tuesday Basketball Value Picks

Steven Suarez

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 12:29 PM GMT

Tuesday, Apr. 9, 2013 12:29 PM GMT

It's time to get right back into the swing of things after a rare day without NBA action. What kind of sports betting value is out there to exploit with our picks tonight? 

Take a look at our predictions for the First Round Playoff Matchups.

Washington Wizards vs. New York Knicks 

The Knicks will be aiming to add another victory to their 12-game winning streak when they play host to John Wall and the Wizards tonight. 

Currently, New York is a double-digit favorite when it comes to the NBA odds, while a total of 194.5 has been set by oddsmakers.

On the season, the Knicks have gone 42-32-2 ATS overall and 22-16 ATS, with the Wizards at 44-31-2 ATS and 19-18-1 ATS on the road. 

What Wall has been doing over the past couple of month has been nothing short of remarkable. It took him some time to get his legs back under him, but in March he averaged 22.1 PPG, 8.0 APG, and 4.8 RPG. So far in four April contests he's put up 25.0 PP, 7.3 APG, and 5.0 RPG. 

Under Wall's guidance, the Wizards have been able to go 18-13 SU over their last 31 matchups. They've been far more efficient offensively as well, one of the main reasons we like the OVER for tonight's matchup in Madison Square Garden.

The Knicks, as you should know, are the hottest team in the NBA right now and just dropped 125 points on Oklahoma City. Carmelo Anthony is averaging 41.8 PPG in four April games and 33.9 PPG and 8.3 RPG over his last 10 overall. His scoring ability is also opening things up for others like J.R. Smith and Raymond Felton, while even Jason Kidd was able to get in on the action against the Thunder.

Tonight we see another fast pace taking place, with Wall using his quickness to terrorize Felton and Melo having another big scoring night. The OVER is 5-2 in New York's last seven at home and we're backing that trend to hit again. 

Free NBA Pick: OVER 194.5

[gameodds]5/224355/43/us[/gameodds]

Can anyone beat the Heat in a seven game playoffs series?

Phoenix Suns vs. Houston Rockets 

To wrap up our NBA picks for the night, we are recommending adding the Rockets to your tickets in their home tilt with a tanking Phoenix squad.

Right now you can find Houston favored by either 14 or 14.5 points. In order to find the best possible value, make sure you're using a live line site, such as SBRodds.com, to help you select which online sportsbooks are offering the best numbers

Phoenix has been an utter disaster since Lindsey Hunter took over the reigns of the team. Not only have they lost nine straight games, but they've gone 2-14 SU over their previous 16 matchups heading into tonight. 

For Houston, Carlos Delfino and Chandler Parsons are banged up and are both listed as questionable tonight. Though the pair have been instrumental to Houston's success, the likes of Francisco Garcia and Greg Smith have shown they can contribute with extra minutes. 

We also expect a big bounce-back performance from James Harden after he scored just 14 points on 2-of-10 shooting in the loss to Denver. In two meetings with Phoenix this season, he's averaged 28.0 PPG, 6.0 APG, and 3.5 RPG, while shooting an impressive 62.5 percent from the floor.

Though tempted to side with a first-half play in this game, we're instead going to make a pick on the Rockets to cover the full spread.

Houston is capable of exploding offensively at any given moment and have much more to play for at this point in the season. Harden and company should be able to storm past the putrid Suns, whom they beat by 30 the last time these two teams met up. 

Free NBA Pick: Houston Rockets -14

[gameodds]5/224359/43/us[/gameodds]
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