NBA Best Bets Today: Expert Picks for In-Season Tournament Tuesday
Pascal Siakam #43 of the Toronto Raptors dribbles up court during the second half of their NBA game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Scotiabank Arena. (Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images)
Tuesday night brings more NBA In-Season Tournament action, and our staff of experts is ready with NBA Best Bets for Today.
The group stage starts to narrow down as only five games are on Tuesday's slate. So let's see what our experts have to say in NBA best bets today: expert picks for Tuesday, November 21.
NBA Best Bets
The team logos in the table below represent each of the matchups that our NBA betting staff is targeting from today's slate of games. Click on the team logos for any of the matchups below to navigate to a specific bet discussed in this article.
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Pacers vs. Hawks
De'Andre Hunter is better than he's shown, and I think this is a quality buy-low spot.
He's only gotten this over in one of his last seven games, so this is a bit daunting, but seemed on his way before a dubious ejection after arguing against a foul call vs. Joel Embiid last time out opposite of the Sixers.
Hunter was scorching through his first five games of the season, averaging 18.0 points and 4.8 rebounds on 55/41/83 shooting. He's gotten just 9 and 3 on 34/29/75 since. But the Indiana Pacers can't guard and will be relentlessly pushing the ball up the floor, which the Hawks will welcome. The over under started in the 240s and hit 250 as of this writing, wit the possibility of going beyond that by tip-off. I'm buying low on Hunter breaking his slump against one of the worst defensive teams in the league in a game that will be played at breakneck speed.
Pick: DeAndre Hunter Over 18.5 PRA (-105)
Pacers vs. Hawks
By Joe Dellera
The Pacers take on the Hawks tonight in what should be a barn burner. These two teams have bottom-10 Adjusted defenses and are top 4 in Pace. I expect this game to have plenty of points.
Haliburton is coming off of his worst game of the season and now gets a chance to bounce back. He’s averaging a league-leading 11.6 assists per game and has 12+ in 7/11 games this season. He is doing this on 19.9 potential assists per game which is also a league-leading number.
I expect Haliburton to continue his success on Tuesday night and help set his teammates up against one of the league’s worst defenses.
Pick: Tyrese Haliburton over 11.5 Assists
Raptors vs. Magic
The problem with the Toronto Raptors is they play right into what Orlando does defensively.
The Magic, as a team, began the week allowing the fewest points per 100 possessions (106.7) while having the highest turnover percentage on defense at 15.4. The Raptors are bottom 10 in points scored per 100 possessions (110.3) and are in the top-half in turnovers at 14.5 per game.
Because I like the under 216.5 for this game, I'm looking at player unders as well.
So why Pascal Siakam? Because I expect him to spin his ass right into Paolo Banchero and or Moe Wagner and or Goga Bitadze and or Jonathan Isaac.
The Magic have a lot of active, annoying and effective size to throw on players who primarily want to get theirs inside the arc, which the Raptors' two cornerstones love to do, and don't typically do so at ease in general. Tonight will be that much more difficult.