Best NBA picks against the spread 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 Picks Against the Spread Today – Tuesday, February 14: Odds, Picks and Predictions
Celtics vs Bucks Odds, Spread, Moneyline, Over/Under - NBA Betting Lines 2/14Moneyline: Boston Celtics (+300), Milwaukee Bucks (-365)
Spread: Boston Celtics +8.5, Milwaukee Bucks -8.5
Total: Over/Under 226 points
Celtics vs Bucks Prediction and Pick
The Celtics and Bucks will meet for the second time this season on Tuesday night and things will look very different than they did back in December. The Celtics won the first matchup 139-118 in convincing fashion but, in Tuesday night’s matchup, the Celtics will roll out an injury-depleted squad with first place in the Eastern Conference on the line.
With the Bucks sitting just 1.5 games out of first place, a win tonight would be essential as both teams are near the All-Star break. They’ll get some help as Boston will be without Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Danilo Gallinari and Jayson Tatum, with Grant Williams and Robert Williams both listed as questionable.
A game that was going to be must-watch television has now moved to a likely blowout as the Celtics injuries will be too much to overcome on the road against the Bucks. The Bucks got blown out in their first matchup with Boston, now it’s time for them to return the favor at home on Tuesday night.
The Pick: Milwaukee Bucks -8.5 (-110)
Kings vs Suns Odds, Spread, Moneyline, Over/Under - NBA Betting Lines 2/14
Moneyline: Sacramento Kings (+120), Phoenix Suns (-140)
Spread: Sacramento Kings +2.5, Phoenix Suns -2.5
Total: Over/Under 234 points
Kings vs Suns Prediction and Pick
The Phoenix Suns shook up the entire league before the trade deadline, acquiring superstar Kevin Durant from the Brooklyn Nets. The addition of Durant to this already loaded Suns squad made them the odds-on favorite to win the Western Conference and one of the top favorites to win the NBA Finals. Durant won’t make his Suns debut until later in February as he’s still dealing with a knee injury but, when he does, his addition will send shockwaves throughout the NBA.
As for the Kings, they stayed put at the trade deadline as they kept their roster intact.
Despite losing a key piece in Mikal Bridges, the one addition that’s getting overlooked in Phoenix is forward Darius Bazley. Bazley, who’s had limited opportunities in Oklahoma City, will be a key contributor off of the Suns bench, which is 10th in the NBA in bench points per game. So, while the criticism has been the Suns gave up their bench for Durant, it just isn’t true.
Suns win at home on Tuesday and their new-look bench will be a key contributor.
The Pick: Phoenix Suns -2.5 (-110)
Warriors vs Clippers Odds, Spread, Moneyline, Over/Under - NBA Betting Lines 2/14
Moneyline: Golden State Warriors (+290), Los Angeles Clippers (-350)
Spread: Golden State Warriors +8.5, Los Angeles Clippers -8.5
Total: Over/Under 227.5 points
Warriors vs Clippers Prediction and Pick
The new-look Los Angeles Clippers will get to show off their trade deadline additions on Tuesday night as they’ll look to take advantage of a Steph Curry and now Klay Thompson-less Warriors team. While the Clippers didn’t add any stars like Kevin Durant or Kyrie Irving before the deadline, they did add some key pieces in Bones Hyland, Eric Gordon and Mason Plumlee, and the three will all be key role players for the sixth-best team in the Western Conference moving forward.
While the Warriors will be without Curry and Thompson on Tuesday night, they’re still a deep enough team to remain competitive in this one. The emergence of Jordan Poole has been crucial for the Warriors as his 20.9 points a game adds another scoring threat to this elite backcourt. Forward Andrew Wiggins, who was the X-factor for the Warriors title run last season, has been another key contributor for them again this season.
The Clippers will have the star power in this one with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George both active, but the Warriors depth can’t be overlooked as they’ll keep this one close on the road.
The Pick: Golden State Warriors +8.5 (-110)