NBA Matchups & Scores: Tuesday Roundup
Unders Keep Cashing Across the League
Bucks & Nuggets Continue to Fire
The two top teams in the NBA delivered comfortable road wins as the Milwaukee Bucks & Denver Nuggets cemented their top seed status in their respective conferences. Let’s dive into our NBA Matchups and Scores to see what went down around the league on a busy Tuesday slate.
The Bucks overcame an early 15 point deficit to leave Brooklyn with a 118-104 win over the Nets. Milwaukee closed as 6.5-point favorites and despite falling victim to Brooklyn’s hot shooting in the first half they made light-work of things down the stretch as they held the Nets to just 42 points after halftime.
MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 33 points and 15 rebounds as the Bucks used a 39 point third quarter to flip momentum on the road. The Nets have now lost five of their last six games and continue to slide toward the play-in picture in the Eastern Conference standings.
The Denver Nuggets had no trouble disposing of the Houston Rockets as they ran out 133-112 winners at Toyota Center. The Nuggets closed as 14.5-point favorites and never looked in doubt as they opened up a 20-point lead heading into halftime.
Nikola Jokic recorded his 100th career triple-double as he finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in just 28 minutes of action. The Rockets are now 0-10 straight up and ATS in their last 10 outings – the worst active streak in the NBA.
The Memphis Grizzlies handed the short handed Lakers a big blow as they ran out 121-109 winners at the FedExForum. LeBron James and D’Angelo Russell were absent for the visiting Lakers, who did take a 49-46 lead into halftime.
The Grizzlies offense exploded after the main break however, scoring 75 points and eventually covering the -9.0 point spread in the process. The Lakers are now 0-2 straight up and ATS without LeBron James since the trade deadline and are set to be without him for at least 2-3 weeks.
The Bucks, Nuggets and Grizzlies all remain in the top four spots in the NBA standings 2023 as we head into the final five weeks of the regular season.
Hawks, Mavs Drop Vital Home Games
The Dallas Mavericks dropped to 1-4 with Kyrie Irving and Luka Doncic sharing the floor as they fell 124-122 at home to the Indiana Pacers.
The Mavericks closed as 8.5-point favorites but trailed for the majority of the game as they once again struggled to get enough defensive stops. Despite the high total this one comfortably cleared the 235.5 point market price as the Mavs moved to 5-2 to the Over in their last seven games.
The Atlanta Hawks were 119-116 home losers to the Washington Wizards in Quinn Snyder’s first game in charge of the team.
The Wizards were without Kristaps Porzingis or Monte Morris and despite being held to just 49 points prior to a buzzer-beater foul on a three-point attempt from Delon Wright to end the half the Wizards offense had their way with the Hawks in the second half.
Atlanta is now just 0.5 games ahead of Toronto for the #8 seed in the East, while the Wizards are just 1.5 games back and occupying the #10 seed.
The Toronto Raptors did make their home court advantage count as they held on to beat the Chicago Bulls 104-98. The Raptors closed as 4.5-point favorites and needed some late free throws to cover the spread and secure a win.
Nick Nurse’s team have now won eight of their last 10 games as they continue to make a push for a top eight seed in the East.
Clippers Falter Again, Tanking Teams Showing up
The LA Clippers lost their third straight game as they were downed 108-101 as 6.5-point home favorites to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Minnesota Timberwolves held LA to just 45 points in the second half as the return of Rudy Gobert helped spark their defense to return to its best form. The win helped Minnesota back to .500 as they jumped into the #8 seed in the Western Conference, while the Clippers are now just 0.5 games clear of falling into the play-in picture after sitting in the #4 seed just last week.
The OKC Thunder look to be embracing the tank as they once again fell to the Sacramento Kings 123-117.
The Thunder were 2.5-point home underdogs and while the Kings were without De’Aaron Fox this time they were still able to get enough offense against an OKC team that seems to be focussed on developing new rotations rather than winning basketball games going forward.
The Utah Jazz are also seemingly embracing the tank as they fell 102-94 in another home meeting with the San Antonio Spurs.
The Jazz, who were missing a couple starters, still closed as 9.5-point favorites but trailed for the vast majority of the game outside of a big run in the third quarter that temporarily saw them take a 7-point lead. This game also had the biggest disparity between the closing total and final score, with the Under comfortably cashing by 44 points.
Meanwhile, the Portland Trail Blazers blew a 20-point lead in Golden State as they fall further out of the play-in race in the West.
The Blazers closed as 5.0-point underdogs and despite being in complete control in the first half still failed to cover the spread in a 123-105 loss.
Full game totals went 6-4 in favor of the Under as the post-All Star break scoring continues to regress, with these playoff type atmospheres certainly playing a part in the lower scoring games.
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