Rundown For Tuesday's Very Short NBA Schedule

Troy Haliburton

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 6:38 PM UTC

Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 6:38 PM UTC

Tuesday presents a light schedule as there are only three NBA games being played at the association tonight. Read on as we find the betting value and dish out a few winners that will put cash in your pocket if you act on it.

Pelicans vs Wizards

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Free NBA Pick: Wizards -3Best Line Offered: at Heritage

Anthony Davis and DaMarcus Cousins are leading the Pelicans as a dynamic big-man duo in the “Pace and Space” era. The problem with Davis and Cousins is that it seems when they are dominating the ball on the Pelicans offense, the team does not seem to win as much. Cousins is quickly turning into one of the most efficient players in the NBA, and that has to do with his career high 33% shooting from 3-point range on a high volume amount of 6.3 attempts per game. Add that on top of Cousins already adept soft touch around the basket, and the NBA has a dynamic force that has not been seen before. With Davis now back from a strained quad that had him miss a few games, the Pelicans have a dominant frontcourt that most NBA teams will not be able to stop.

The Wizards are coming into this game with the disappointment of their season already at their feet. Washington was one of the Eastern Conference teams poised to take the next step as a franchise, but injuries and sub-par play have derailed their season so far. John Wall has already missed 10 games this season due to lingering knee issues and his absence has truly highlighted this teams lack of depth in the backcourt.

Yes, Bradley Beal has emerged as the second All-Star candidate that this team so desperately needs, but the real problem with the Wizards has to be their backup guard situation. The Wizards may have found their backup point guard of the future tough, in Tomas Satoransky. The Czech Republic native has emerged as a viable NBA player by using his 6”7’ frame to become a playmaker for the Wizards second units. Satoransky was buried on the bench before Wall’s injury, but he used that ten game stretch to prove to the team how good of a player he is. Look for him to have a big game against a group of smaller Pelicans guards.

Cavs vs Bucks

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Free NBA Pick: Cavs -1.5Best Line Offered: at Heritage

The Bucks will try to remain competitive in that division by closing the gap with a win in Milwaukee. The Bucks are still figuring out how to ease Eric Bledsoe into their team, and the transition has been seamless because of Bledsoe’s style of play.

Bledsoe is the prototypical NBA point guard in the sense that he has elite ball-handling skills and can excel play-making in the pick-and-roll. This allows Giannis to lay off the ball more and inflict damage on opposing defenses by using his length to attack on backdoor cuts and isolations. At times it became a problem for Giannis to attack defenses with the ball in his hands so much because it is a lot easier for the defenses to key in on him.

The Cavs already beat Milwaukee twice this season in two thrilling, closely contested games. That seems like it was ages ago because it was before the Cavaliers team seemingly imploded on the defensive end. The Cavs are giving up an astonishing 107 points per game and as a team are just lacking the overall effort needed to compete on a nightly basis. It’s not as if the Cavs players don’t want to give the effort, it’s probably that they can’t at this point. The Cavaliers are the oldest team in the NBA with an average age of 30.1 years old. As long as they have Lebron James the Cavs will contend in every game no matter how old his supporting cast around him is.

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