NBA picks: Best bets for Tuesday night
Mike Ortiz Jr. makes his NBA picks and predictions for Tuesday night, with three best bets.
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Best NBA Bets Today (Jan 24): Odds, Picks and Predictions
Bulls vs Pacers Odds, Spread, Moneyline, Over/Under - NBA Betting Lines 1/24Moneyline: Chicago Bulls (-130), Indiana Pacers (+110)
Spread: Chicago Bulls -2, Indiana Pacers +2
Total: Over/Under 234.5 points
Bulls vs Pacers Prediction and Pick
The Chicago Bulls have been quite the disappointment this season. Despite having no Lonzo Ball, their 22-24 record, given the talent on their roster, is inexcusable. For a team to be two games below .500 with a healthy Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Vucevic is just terrible.
The Pacers, who are also two games below .500, were having a pretty good season before the month of January. Indiana, which has been without Tyrese Haliburton, is trending in the wrong direction, though. They’re on a seven-game losing streak as they host Chicago on Tuesday night.
When these two teams met back in the beginning of the season, the Bulls got out to an early 38-27 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back as they won easily 124-109. While the Bulls have certainly played down to expectations, they’ll handle the Pacers again on Tuesday night on the road. It's only a three-game winning streak, but things are starting to click for Chicago, which has more than enough talent to be a force in the East.
The Pick: Chicago Bulls ML (-130)
Celtics vs Heat Odds, Spread, Moneyline, Over/Under - NBA Betting Lines 1/24
Moneyline: Boston Celtics (+130), Miami Heat (-150)
Spread: Boston Celtics +3, Miami Heat -3
Total: Over/Under 218 points
Celtics vs Heat Prediction
The Boston Celtics picked up right where they left off last season as they don’t just have the best record in the Eastern Conference, but the best record in basketball.
As for the Heat, injuries throughout the season can explain some of their inconsistencies, but some are also self inflicted.
These two will meet for the third time this season in what will be another high-scoring game. While both teams are on opposite scoring spectrums, as the Celtics 118.2 points per game ranks second in the NBA, and the Heat’s 108.6 points per game ranks dead last in the NBA, it seems like when these two teams play they bring out the best in each other.
With the over going 2-0 in their first two games, I expect it to get tipped again as this number is too low for these guys, despite the Heat’s offensive struggles at times this season.
The Pick: Over 218 (-110)
Clippers vs Lakers Odds, Spread, Moneyline, Over/Under - NBA Betting Lines 1/24Moneyline: Los Angeles Clippers (-195), Los Angeles Lakers (+165)
Spread: Los Angeles Clippers -5, Los Angeles Lakers +5
Total: Over/Under 230 points
Clippers vs Lakers Prediction and Pick
The battle for LA has been a one-sided affair as the Clippers have won both matchups so far this season and have won the last nine matchups between the two. The last time the Lakers beat the Clippers was in December of 2020.
The Clippers enter this game as the odds-on favorite to win this matchup and extend their streak to 10 straight wins in the battle of LA.
The Lakers will look to ride some recent momentum as they stole a win over the Memphis Grizzlies last week and spotted the Portland Trail Blazers a 25-point lead at halftime on Sunday, which they erased to come back and win 121-112.
LeBron James is playing elite level basketball and the Clippers have proved that when Kawhi Leonard and Paul George aren’t taking the night off that they are a force to be reckoned with. The Clippers have the momentum, but James and the Lakers have the motivation to end this losing streak against the Clippers.
Give me the points in this one as it’ll be a down-to-the-wire game on TNT.
The Pick: Los Angeles Lakers +5 (-110)
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