NBA Tuesday Matchups Scores: Lakers Making Noise Out West
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LA Bounce Back in Style
The LA Lakers returned to winning ways in impressive fashion as they steamrolled the New Orleans Pelicans to stay in the play-in picture in the West. Here’s a look at our NBA Tuesday Matchup Scores review as we recap the market on another big night of basketball.
The Lakers walked away 123-108 winners on the road in New Orleans as they comfortably won outright as 1.5-point underdogs. The road team took a 35 point lead into halftime on the back of red-hot shooting from Malik Beasley and they extended that lead to as many as 40 points early in the third quarter.
Anthony Davis finished with 35 points and 17 rebounds on his return to the city that drafted him, but the All-Star big man has already been ruled out for tomorrow’s game against at Houston.
The Pelicans are now 1.0 games back from the play-in picture in the West having gone 3-7 straight up since the All-Star break. Brandon Ingram finished with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists against his former team.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have moved into the #8 seed in the Western Conference standings after a 121-107 win at home to the Brooklyn Nets.
The Thunder trailed by as many as 16 points in the first-half before a dominant third quarter helped flip the tide in favor of the home team. A 38-20 third quarter allowed them to take an eight point lead into the final term and they never surrendered that advantage as they comfortably covered the 1.5-point spread.
No team in the league has covered more NBA spreads this season than the Thunder, who are now 41-25-3 (62.1%) ATS in all games.
Plenty of Points on the East Coast
The Cleveland Cavaliers recorded their second straight win over the Charlotte Hornets as they walked away with a 120-104 win as 5.5-point road favorites.
Cleveland is 32-21-3 (60.4%) ATS as favorites this season and they made light work of this Charlotte team as they carried a 15 point lead into half-time. The Cavs were without Jarrett Allen or Donovan Mitchell for this one, with the latter being rested on the first leg of their back-to-back.
The team returns home to face the Philadelphia 76ers tomorrow in a game of huge importance for two teams looking to secure a top four seed in the East.
The Toronto Raptors exploded for 49 points in the opening quarter as they held on the beat the visiting Denver Nuggets 125-110.
The Raptors led by as many as 24 points in this one but had to show some fight down the stretch as the visitors cut the lead to a single possession early in the fourth quarter.
The hosts closed as 2.0-point underdogs in this one and are now 20-14 (58.8%) ATS at home this season. Denver is 19-14 (57.6%) to the Over on the road after this one cleared the 228.0 point closing total.
The Washington Wizards kept their play-in hopes alive with a comprehensive 117-97 win over the heavily-depleted Detroit Pistons.
After a win the previous night the Pistons opted to rest more bodies as they continue to fumble through the remainder of the season.
Washington closed as 13.0-point favorites and despite not having the services of Kyle Kuzma they still managed to make light work of their opponents in a wire-to-wire win.
Bucks Roll On, Knicks Win Big
The Milwaukee Bucks recorded another win over the team they faced in the NBA Finals a couple seasons ago as they left Phoenix with a 116-104 win.
The Suns couldn’t hang around down the stretch as the Bucks defense again impressed to help the road team cover the 2.5-point spread.
Milwaukee is now 16-8-2 (66.7%) ATS against Western Conference opponents this season, which is the best non-conference ATS record in the league – something worth noting when making your next NBA picks and parlays.
The New York Knicks overcame an early 16 point deficit to run out 123-107 winners on the road over the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Knicks, who closed as 2.5-point favorites, were unstoppable offensively in the second half as they put up 74 points. Julius Randle (24), Immanuel Quickley (26) and RJ Barrett (22) all scored 20+ points as New York improved their league-best road ATS record to 24-12 (66.7%) on the season.
In the nights other game the San Antonio Spurs connected on 22 made 3-pointers en route to a 132-114 win over the travelling Orlando Magic.
The Spurs closed as 7.0-point underdogs and were the biggest upset winners on the night, cashing the +225 Moneyline option for bettors.
Despite still occupying one of the bottom-three spots in the NBA the Spurs have now won four of their last seven games.
That’s all for our NBA Tuesday Matchups Scores review. Be sure to check back again tomorrow as we monitor the NBA betting markets in the final few weeks of the regular season.
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