Just five games on the schedule Tuesday in the NBA with one available on national television: Warriors vs Heat on NBA TV. SBR has you covered with in-depth previews and BetOnline NBA odds on four of them. All times are Eastern.
Hawks vs. Wizards (-4.5, 200.5), 7 p.m.
Might Washington be the best team in the Eastern Conference right now? The Wizards enter off impressive double-digit wins over Cleveland on Friday and at a much-improved Milwaukee on Saturday. That win over the Bucks was a bit costly as starting big man Nene left with a foot injury and he's not going to play in at least this game and probably won't Wednesday night, either. He's averaging 10.6 points and 4.7 rebounds. Atlanta is being typically Atlanta. Decent enough so far to likely sneak into the playoffs but not bad enough to get into the lottery and get the chance to perhaps draft a star. The Hawks ended a two-game losing streak with a 99-89 home win over Detroit on Friday. Atlanta hasn't been a good road team, going 1-4 and allowing more than 107 points per game. The teams split last season's series 2-2 but Washington and has taken three straight vs. Atlanta at home. Who does Jordan like? Check it out.
NBA Free Pick: Over 200 ½ at Bet365
Warriors vs. Heat (+5.5, 199.5), 7:30 p.m.
Injury questions abound in this one so the opening line of 5.5 points could change later in the day. It appears that Miami will be without star guard Dwyane Wade for a seventh straight game as he deals with a hamstring strain. This is partly why LeBron James left Miami -- he couldn't count on Wade's health last year or going forward. Miami is 3-3 without Wade in there, he's averaging 19.8 points and 6.4 rebounds. The status of Miami's other starting guard, Norris Cole, is also very questionable as he is dealing with a dislocated finger that forced him to sit out Sunday's 94-93 win over Charlotte that ended the Heat's three-game home losing streak. Mario Chalmers would start at one guard position but it's unclear who would at the other after Miami cut Shannon Brown on Monday. The Warriors don't know if they will have starting center Andrew Bogut or reserve guard Leandro Barbosa. Golden State enters on a five-game winning streak. Matt leans towards the Warriors for NBA pick here.
NBA Free Pick: Warriors & Under at BetOnline
Pistons vs. Bucks (-3, 191.5), 8 p.m.
Detroit enters this on a four-game losing streak, its third skid of at least three games already, and looking like the East's worst team not named Philadelphia. The Pistons are just 1-6 on the road and that lone win was at injury-ravaged Oklahoma City in overtime. President and Coach Stan Van Gundy is going to have to make wholesale changes with this franchise. Detroit starting point guard Brandon Jennings is questionable for this game with a sprained left thumb. Milwaukee has lost two straight, giving up an average of 117.5 points in losses at Toronto and vs. Washington on Saturday. That Bucks defense had been one of the NBA's best before those defeats. Milwaukee is listing its point guard Brandon Knight as questionable with a quad injury. The Pistons hosted the Bucks on Nov. 7 as 4.5-point favorites on NBA odds and won 98-95. Jennings had 15 points and six assists. Knight had 17 points and nine helpers. Seems like an easy Bucks win, right? Check out Darin's lean.
NBA Free Pick: Bucks -3 at 5Dimes
Bulls vs. Nuggets (-4, 202.5), 9 p.m.
It's always tough to handicap Bulls games because you just never know if Derrick Rose will play. The former MVP did return from a four-game injury absence Monday night and had 18 points and five assists in 25 minutes as Chicago won 97-95 at Utah. The Bulls also welcomed back big man Pau Gasol after he had had missed the past three games. Gasol was terrific vs. Utah with 23 points and nine assists. It was just the third time all season that Chicago had its starting five of Rose, Jimmy Butler, Mike Dunleavy, Gasol and Joakim Noah together. The Bulls did play without two key reserves in guard Kirk Hinrich and Taj Gibson and neither will go in Denver. It's not even clear if Rose will. The Bulls could opt to rest him in the second of a back-to-back. The Nuggets started 1-6 and there were questions about Coach Brian Shaw's job status, but they have won four straight and five of six. Dave doesn't like the chances of the short-handed Bulls in their second game in 24 hours and in that thin air Denver.
Free NBA Pick: Denver -4 at BookMaker