NBA picks: Finest bets for Tuesday’s play-in video games, together with the Nets caring for enterprise

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With the 2021-22 NBA common season now within the books, the basketball betting market is hotter than ever. CBS Sports activities can be offering each day picks all through the postseason. Sam Quinn will make a minimum of one decide for each recreation between now and the NBA Finals. All traces courtesy of Caesar’s Sportsbook.

Let’s get this out of the way in which: if you happen to’re selecting a winner or in opposition to the unfold, do not overcomplicate this. Take the Nets. In the event you exclude Sunday’s blowout over Milwaukee’s B-team, Cleveland is 2-10 in its final 12. The Nets are 36-19 in video games Kevin Durant performs. Even the compromised Nets are a mismatch for Cleveland, however the books know that and the percentages replicate it. There is not a lot worth right here.

However this needs to be a really high-scoring recreation. The worth right here is restricted as properly. A degree complete line of 227 is definitely steep, however the over continues to be the clever selection right here. Cleveland’s protection is permitting 117.3 factors per 100 possessions since Jarrett Allen went down, and even when Evan Mobley’s absence explains a part of that, it is value noting they weren’t significantly better with him in that span at 115.4 factors per 100 possessions. Cleveland’s protection depends on a couple of stellar gamers. Their backups all lean offense. Brooklyn’s offense wants no introduction. Count on loads of factors on this one.

The decide: Over 227 (-110)

Featured Recreation | Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Clippers

The Clippers and Timberwolves have not performed since January and D’Angelo Russell missed three of the 4 matchups. We will roughly throw out their head-to-head matchups right here. Judging the Clippers on statistical advantage feels a bit unfair as properly. Paul George has performed 5 video games since Christmas. Norman Powell solely simply returned on Wednesday.

That is going to need to be a speculative decide primarily based on the matchups, and on paper, Minnesota ought to have a significant edge right here. Ivica Zubac and Isaiah Hartenstein have defended admirably this season, however Karl-Anthony Cities presents particular points which are going to be troublesome for them. There simply aren’t many massive males comfy defending him each on the block and on the perimeter. Jarred Vanderbilt is the one actual non-threat on the perimeter the Clippers may sag off of within the title of doubling Cities, however even that could be a harmful recreation on a group with this many ball-handlers. Throw in home-court benefit and the Timberwolves are justifiably favored right here.

The decide: Wolves -3 (-110)

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