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Tuesday's Top Expert NBA Picks: Lakers Set to Get Right

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Tuesday's Top Expert NBA Picks: Lakers Set to Get Right
LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakersl against the Indiana Pacers. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images via AFP.

Read below for our top NBA expert picks for Tuesday’s NBA action.

The experts at Sportsbook Review give their top against the spread and Over/Under picks for Tuesday’s lightened five-game NBA schedule (odds via DraftKings Sportsbook).

Top Expert NBA Picks

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Top Expert NBA ATS Picks

Lakers -4 (-115)

I love fading the Los Angeles Lakers as much as the next guy, but this is where I draw the line. L.A. has struggled to cover as the favorite all year long, but it has been due in large part to inflated spreads. It still has Fs LeBron James and Anthony Davis, after all, and the Sacramento Kings still have a bottom-five defense even in the four games they've played since getting rid of head coach Luke Walton.

The Lakers should have no issues probing inside against a weak Kings defense, and they should win the battle on the glass given Sacramento’s ineptitude in that area as well. I see a comfortable win for the Lakers. - Ducey

Suns -2.5 (-110)

This is one of the biggest early-season NBA games in recent history. The Golden State Warriors and Phoenix Suns are a combined 35-5. Furthermore, the Suns enter on a 16-game winning streak (one shy of franchise record) and the Warriors have won seven in a row.

Combined, they have lost just once against teams with a winning record. It marks the first time in NBA history two teams from the same division with winning percentages above .850 meet 20 or more games into a season.

I’d take whichever team was at home as they are pretty evenly matched right now, although that will change when Golden State gets back SG Klay Thompson and C James Wiseman. The Dubs are without two reserves in SF Andre Iguodala and SG Damion Lee; PF Draymond Green is a bit banged up after a hard fall on Sunday but should play.

Phoenix is 17-7 ATS in its last 24 home games against teams with a winning road record. - Jordan

Lakers -4 (-115)

The Lakers and Kings face off for the second time in four days. Los Angeles lost the first triple-overtime game in James’ career on Friday. As has been the theme for this Lakers squad, James had to carry the load despite injury as Davis just can’t seem to come around to being a true No. 1 option. 

I think we see a renewed focus from a team that must start winning these types of games. With LeBron getting healthier every day, look for a big performance. – Covers

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Top Expert NBA O/U Picks

Knicks-Nets Under 216.5 (-110)

The New York Knicks removed PG Kemba Walker from their rotation on Monday, and the move will help shore up their defense. The Knicks are allowing 17.3 fewer points per 100 possessions with Walker off the floor this season — a ridiculous amount which is backed up by a relatively large sample. It makes perfect sense, too, given the instability of his knees.

Anyway, that move should help the Knicks allow fewer baskets around the perimeter. That's where the Nets like to shoot, and they remain without sharpshooter SG Joe Harris. Mix in an injection of slow-paced basketball from the Knicks, who rank 25th in that regard over the last nine games, and you should arrive at a rock fight. - Ducey

Grizzles-Raptors Under 216.5 (-105)

These teams met last Wednesday in Memphis and the Raptors won a shootout 126-113.

So why go Under? First of all, both teams shot at least 51% from the field in that last meeting, and that’s most likely not happening again. Mostly, however, it’s due to injuries. The Grizzlies saw star PG Ja Morant go down with a knee injury on Friday and he’ll miss a few weeks at least. That’s nothing short of devastating for Memphis as Morant averages 24.1 points and 6.8 assists per game.

Toronto will for sure be without SF OG Anunoby (20.1 points per game) and C Khem Birch (6.9 PPG), and very possibly SG Gary Trent Jr. (17.3 PPG) for a second straight game. Trent had 26 points against the Grizz last week.

Without those three on Sunday, the Raptors were held to 97 points in a home loss to the Boston Celtics.

Warriors-Suns Over 222 (-110)

The stars will be shining bright in Phoenix in a game that could very well end up being a preview of the Western Conference Finals. The No. 2 and 4 offensive teams in the league, the Warriors and Suns are averaging 114.0 and 112.6 points per game, respectively. 

Their 48.1 and 47.9 field goal percentages, respectively, also rank 1-2 in the Association. In this national television spot, I like for both teams to come out blazing and for this to sail over the posted total. – Covers

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