Fast Break: West Gets Early Jump in NBA's Interconference Matchups

Jordan Sharp

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 2:39 PM UTC

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018 2:39 PM UTC

Welcome to another big night of NBA action! It’s time for another huge slate of NBA betting and there are still several bits of news and injuries you need to be aware of before placing your bets!

It’s a rare Tuesday night with a large amount of games, thanks to Halloween falling in the middle of the week. Eight games line the schedule, and there are a couple of West versus East matchups that are screaming value right now. It’s time for all your news, injuries, and picks from our NBA Betting Fast Break!

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Via @bball_ref, NBA teams are averaging 112.3 ppg thus far this season, which would be the highest ppg average since 1970-71 (112.4)

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Non-Conference Gap Starting To Grow

While there are only two non-conference matchups on the slate Tuesday night, the West is leading in their interconference games this season at 13-10 ATS. Since Friday, the West is 7-4 ATS against the East, and since Sunday they are 3-1 ATS.

We all know the West is better than the East, but the biggest underlying story in that statement is how undervalued some of these West teams have been, and how overvalued some of the middling to undercard East teams have been to start the season.

Not too many matchups encapsulate that better than tonight’s battle between the Grizzlies and Wizards. I hate to break it to you Washington fans, but this team should have been blown up a year or two ago. The Wizards aren’t making the NBA Finals anytime soon, and they are better off bottoming out and trading away John Wall and/or Bradley Beal for picks.

The Grizzlies, on the other hand, have been good at home to start the season and they have enough star power to match games with Wall, Beal and Otto Porter. Markieff Morris is questionable with concussion symptoms, and still without Dwight Howard, the Wizards are soft right now down low. Marc Gasol and rookie sensation Jaren Jackson Jr. will pick apart the Washington frontcourt tonight. A spread of Memphis -2 is a steal right now.

To a lesser extent, the Kings are on the road in Orlando coming off a game Monday night in Miami. While back-to-backs will become an issue later on, a young team like the Kings is not going to be fazed this early in the season by having to play on consecutive nights. It may actually help them at this point.

The Magic are looking better, but the Kings have to be the most undervalued team in the league right now. They have first-round picks galore in their lineup and coming off the bench, and some of them are really starting to blossom. They are still missing Bogdan Bogdanovic too, so they haven’t even gotten close to their ceiling. Sacramento is 5-2 ATS and 2-0 ATS against the East this season, and I think they make it 3-0 tonight.

Injury Report

Even with eight games, the injuries aren’t that plentiful tonight pending some potential surprises. Steven Adams and Nerlens Noel are questionable for the Thunder in the late game, which could really impact the pace of that game. Neither team would have much in regard to frontcourt depth, which could lead to a run-and-gun style of game.

I already mentioned the Wizards' Morris, who is questionable, but other than him and the two Thunder bigs, there aren’t any game-changing injuries to report at this time.

Tuesday NBA Betting Trends
  • The Hawks are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games against the Cavaliers.
  • The "over" is 9-0 in the Hawks and Cavaliers’ last 9 meetings.
  • The Heat are 6-3 ATS in their last 9 games against the Hornets.
  • The Kings are 3-1 ATS in their last 4 games against the Magic.
  • The Celtics and 6-2 SU and 5-3 ATS in their last 8 games against the Pistons.
  • The Raptors are 5-3 ATS in their last 8 games against the 76ers.
  • The "over" is 5-2 in the last 7 games between the Rockets and Blazers.
  • The Thunder are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games against the Clippers.
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