Trio Of Winning Plays on Tuesday's NBA Action

Troy Haliburton

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 2:37 PM UTC

Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017 2:37 PM UTC

Tuesday holds a light NBA slate with only four games being played. Seems reasonable, considering the attention of the world will be focused on the World Series, however that doesn't stop us from dishing out three winning plays, to help you cash big.

Phoenix vs Brooklyn

One of the more surprising teams in the NBA this season has been the fast-paced Brooklyn Nets. One of the reasons the Nets have been a tough out for opponents has been the emergence of Spencer Dinwiddie as an impact player. Dinwiddie is having a career season with a PER (player efficiency rating) of 20.61, stemming from 11 points per game, 5.6 assists, and 3.1 rebounds per game. The thing that makes Dinwiddie so effective is his combination of above-average ball-handling ability and size that allows him to carve through defenses to initiate offense and find open teammates.

Dinwiddie was the catalyst that saw the Nets upset the Cavs last week, but not even his spectacular play could save the Nets from embarrassing losses to the Knicks and Nuggets over the weekend. A part of the Nets problems is the fact that they have the worst defense in the NBA, giving up 118 points per game.

The Suns, on the other hand, are getting relatively hot, considering their own circumstance. Phoenix mad news by firing their head coach, Earl Watson after just three games, but have seen the team win two games under interim head coach Jay Triano. The difference between the Suns under Watson and Triano has been the intensity on the defensive end. The Suns are only giving up 105 points per game under Triano as opposed to 128 points per game under Watson.

If the Nets wish to remain one of the talked about teams in a wide-open Eastern Conference, then they have to get this victory against the lowly Suns.

Free NBA Pick: Nets -4.5Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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 OKC vs Milwaukee

The Milwaukee Bucks are riding the back of Giannis Antetokounmpo to a 4-2 record and will face one of their biggest tests of the season when they face the Oklahoma City Thunder and another MVP candidate in Russell Westbrook. The “Greek Freak” is leading the NBA in scoring with 34.7 points per game and has done a magnificent job of leading his team to in almost every statistical category. Westbrook is still a walking triple-double, but finally, has the backup support that he needs in order to close out games without exerting all of the energy in years past.

The Bucks will be without key backup big man Greg Monroe who is nursing a calf strain that has been lingering since training camp. In his absence, the Bucks will rely on John Henson to give the team spot minutes at backup center, which is a very critical role for the Bucks since they start Thon Maker at the beginning of games, but the second year pro rarely is in their closing lineups. This should be shaping up for a big night for OKC big man Steven Adams who has kind of gotten lost in the shuffle among the new-look Thunder.

Look for OKC to ride their frontcourt depth and to pack the paint against the Bucks to keep Giannis from living around the basket.

Free NBA Pick: Thunder -1.5Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

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Detroit vs Lakers

The Pistons are coming alive on their current road trip with victories over the Clippers and Warriors already under their belt, and now look to do a sweep of the Staples Center by beating the Lakers. A part of the Pistons sudden success is the fact that they are finally playing defense the way Stan Van Gundy has always envisioned the Pistons playing. Anchoring that defense is the on-ball stopper, Avery Bradley. Since coming over from the Celtics, Bradley has established himself as a leader on this Pistons team and his teammates seem willing to follow his lead.

The Pistons will try to use that stellar defense to wreak havoc on a young Lakers team who has not exactly figured out how to run their half-court offense yet. The Lakers are best when they get out in transition and allow their rookie point guard, Lonzo Ball to display his passing skills.

Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope should be very familiar with the Pistons system as he was with the team since 2013, and may even hold a grudge against the Pistons for not giving him the lucrative contract extension that he was looking for this summer. Look for KCP to have a big revenge game against his former team and the Lakers to keep it close and possibly even pull off the upset.

Free NBA Pick: Lakers +4Best Line Offered: at Matchbook

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