NBA Picks: Tuesday Night NBA Betting Ticket

Darin Zank

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 2:14 PM GMT

Free NBA picks for a few of Tuesday's biggest matchups. Where do our NBA handicappers believe that the best value lies, and how do we plan on cashing in?

Tuesday's NBA betting board only lists three games, but they just happen to be three games for which we've got a lean.  Here's our take on Tuesday's NBA action, with free picks to play, or fade, or junk, at the reader's discretion.

Boston -2 at Philadelphia (7 pm ET, TNT)

Boston is working off a much-needed three-day break, after beating Golden State last Friday 94-86. So the Celtics have won three of their last four, and sit in seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

On the other side of this match-up it appears as if Coach Collins has lost his team. The Sixers are 12-27 over their last 39 games, and have lost eight of their last nine, after falling at Washington Sunday 90-87. So Philly is now seven games back of the eight spot in the East.

Worse yet, this Sixers team often just looks disinterested on-court, and that's not a good sign.

Philly has taken two of three games from Boston already this season, winning106-100 in Beantown back in November, then 95-94 at home in overtime back in December.  The Celtics then stymied the Sixers 92-79 on the back end of a home-and-home.

Boston is 11-4 both SU and ATS since losing G Rajon Rondo for the season to a knee injury.

The Celtics are old and without one of their key players, but at least they've still got some guys who will play hard. And at this point they've got more to play for. Philly, meanwhile, just does not look worthy of a wager at the moment.

Free Pick: Take Boston at the -2 points offered at Bookmaker.

[gameodds]5/220285/43/us[/gameodds]

LA Lakers +9 Oklahoma City (9:35 pm ET, TNT)

Los Angeles has worked its way back to .500; now the goal is to get back into the top eight in the Western Conference.

The Lakers, who have already battled through a coaching change and injuries and bad chemistry this season, fell to eight games under .500 back in mid-January. But after beating Atlanta Sunday 99-98 LA has won five of its last six and 13 of its last 18 to get to 30-30. They now trail eighth-place Utah by just two games in the West standings.

OKC, meanwhile, has won four of its last five games, after beating the Clippers Sunday 108-104. So the Thunder sit in second place in the West, three games back of first-place San Antonio.

The Thunder have taken two of three games from the Lakers so far this season. OKC won 114-108 back in December and 116-101 in early January, while LA picked up a 105-96 victory Jan. 27.

We hesitate to say this, but it looks like the Lakers might finally be getting their act together. They are playing without C Pau Gasol, but they're also 7-3 since he went down and out with that foot injury.

For another take on this game check out Steven Suarez's NBA Picks: Lakers vs. Thunder article.

LA is just 10-18 ATS on the road this season, while OKC is 21-9 ATS at home. But we would expect both those numbers to trend back toward normal as this season progresses.

Free Pick: Take LA at the +8.5 points offered at BetOnline.

[gameodds]5/220286/43/us[/gameodds] 

Denver -5 at Sacramento (10 pm ET)

The Nuggets have won five in a row, after beating the Hawks Monday 104-88. So Denver sits in fifth place in the West, just a game and a half back of fourth-place Memphis.

The Kings, meanwhile, had lost six in a row recently, but have actually won two of their last three, after downing Charlotte Sunday 119-83.

Denver has beaten Sacramento seven times in a row, including twice already this season by scores of 122-97 and 121-93. The Nuggets shot a combined 53 percent from the floor in those two games, while holding the Kings to just 38 percent shooting.

The Nuggets haven't exactly been burning things up on the road this season, but in this spot that fact might help to keep the pointspread down. If this game were being played in Denver the Nuggets would probably be favored by 10 points.

Denver has bombed Sacramento twice already this season; why wouldn't we think something similar would happen Tuesday night?

Free Pick: Take the Nuggets at the -4.5 points offered at Bookmaker.

[gameodds]5/220287/43/us[/gameodds]