It’s Tuesday, and we’ve got a thrilling nine-game slate on tap in the NBA, including a couple intriguing nationally-televised games. With so many tight spreads and high totals, there should be plenty of excitement on this slate. Let’s survey DraftKings Sportsbook for some player props, totals and sides to bet. You can follow me on Twitter (@KennyDucey) for any late adds.
Here’s what jumps out to me on DraftKings Sportsbook.
The Nets left Barclays Center with the third-ranked offense in basketball, and will return on Tuesday with the No. 1 offense in the NBA. Not only has Brooklyn covered in its past six games, the team will also welcome a crowd for the first time all season. With the best field goal percentage over the past five games, some ridiculous shooting from James Harden and Joe Harris, and now fans, the force in which the Nets will come into this game is undeniable. On the flip side, Sacramento has lost seven-straight and still owns the worst defense in the NBA, giving up threes at an unsightly 39.9% clip. I don’t care if it’s a trap, I’m walking right into this. The Kings won’t be able to keep pace with how many points they’re allowing.
From one team in New York welcoming back fans to another. The Knicks are 8-6 this season at home, and it appears the bookies are going to roll the dice and disrespect them once more with this line. Over the past nine games, the Knicks have the league’s fifth-best net rating — outscoring opponents by more than four points per 100 possessions — which comes on the back of the NBA’s No. 1 defensive rating (105.8). The defense everywhere has been stellar, from Nerlens Noel locking down the paint, to the Knicks’ guards playing the best three-point defense in the league. The Warriors tend to lean on their defense more than anything, so I’ll grab the better defense at plus money. If Kevon Looney and James Wiseman return, I think I actually like New York even more considering the liabilities both have on opposite ends of the floor.
Five wins in a row, five covers in a row for the Wizards. Can it continue? I don’t see why not. The Clippers are, without a doubt, a stronger team than the Nuggets and the shorthanded Lakers, who fell to Washington last week. That said, the Wizards are on some kind of a heater at the moment, and some of their numbers give me hope. They’ve allowed just 32.5% shooting from three over their winning streak, and their defensive rating checks in at sixth in the league (105.9). The best part of the Wizards’ run may be that other than Davis Bertans shooting over 52%, this isn’t solely due to hot shooting, which can send a team crashing back to Earth in a hurry. Washington is defending and taking high-percentage shots, so I like its chances of hanging around here. I also like that the Wizards are 5-2 on the second night of back-to-backs this year. I didn’t love this line at the open, but I’m intrigued at the current number.
Put your knowledge to the test. Sign up for DraftKings and experience the game inside the game.
I am a promoter at DraftKings and am also an avid fan and user (my username is jetsfan196) and may sometimes play on my personal account in the games that I offer advice on. Although I have expressed my personal view on the games and strategies above, they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of DraftKings and I may also deploy different players and strategies than what I recommend above. I am not an employee of DraftKings and do not have access to any non-public information.
21+ (18+ NH). CO/IL/IN/IA/NH/NJ/PA/TN/VA/WV/MI only. Eligibility restrictions apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for full terms and conditions.