Charlotte Hornets @ Cleveland Cavaliers
The NBA odds at 5Dimes indicates that there’s a total of 221.5 on this Eastern Conference contest.
These teams have met 3 times this season and each of those games stayed under the total. There was a collective average of just 210.3 points scored per contest.
The Hornets have gone under in 4 straight road games. Those contests averaged 214.8 points scored per occasion.
Cleveland has gone under in 3 of their last 4 at home. Those 4 outings produced only an average of 212.8 points scored per game.
Charlotte desperately needs to win tonight in order to keep their playoff hopes alive. I look for the Hornets to be very attentive regarding their efforts defensively.
Pick: Under 221.5
New York Knicks @ Chicago Bulls
Presently, BetOnline has a posted total of 216.5 on this game between the Knicks and Bulls.
My personal NBA betting theory is when teams who have been officially eliminated from playoff contention face one another, I always seriously consider going over the total. The logic being, players that are involved in these affairs tend to be more concerned about their offensive stat line, and defensive play becomes more of an afterthought.
Chicago has been horrible defensively throughout their previous 5 games. During that time, they’ve allowed 117.0 points per game and permitted opponents to convert on an alarmingly high 50.3% of their field goal attempts.
The Knicks have been porous defensively on the road during this 2018-2019 NBA regular season campaign. New York has allowed 114.5 points per game and their opponents have shot 47.1% in those away contests.
Pick: Over 216.5
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Phoenix Suns @ Dallas Mavericks
Bovada is displaying a total of 223.0 on this game.
This is another prime example of 2 teams that are officially eliminated from the playoff race and have very little to play for other than padding their own individual offensive numbers.
Phoenix has witnessed 6 of their previous 7 games going over the total. Those 7 games generated a sizable average of 238.3 points scored per contest. The Suns have been brutal defensively over their last 5 outings while allowing 125.2 points per game. During that stretch, Phoenix opponents shot 49.8% which includes making 42.1% of their 3-point shot attempts. Conversely, the Suns scored 116.0 points per game and shot a very good 49.7%.
Dallas has seen 3 of its past 4 games go over the total. Those contests produced a cumulative average of 233.0 points scored per game. The Mavericks have chosen to play at a frantic offensive pace of late. That’s evidenced by their last 5 appearances averaging a combined 189 field goal attempts per game.
This game shows all the signs of a high scoring affair. One of my Tuesday NBA totals picks will concur with that assessment.
Pick: Over 223.0