NBA Odds & Betting Picks: Our Best Bets for Raptors vs. Magic, Trail Blazers vs. Wizards (Tuesday, Feb. 2)
Will Newton/Getty Images. Pictured: Russell Westbrook of the Washington Wizards.
The NBA slate on Tuesday consists of just six games and the spotlight is brightest on the two national TV matchups: Los Angeles Clippers vs. Brooklyn Nets (7:30 p.m. ET) and Boston Celtics vs. Golden State Warriors (10 p.m. ET).
Our NBA experts are betting two lower profile games, though, and have found one prop and one spread bet with value for tonight’s action. You can find their analysis and picks on those matchups below.
NBA Odds & Picks
Raptors vs. Magic
Brandon Anderson: Three weeks ago, the Toronto Raptors were 2-8. The team that won the NBA championship two summers ago — or at least what’s left of it — looked like it was finally breaking down and ready for a rebuild. The Raptors are 6-4 since, and it’s been old faithful Kyle Lowry helping to lead the way.
Lowry is yet again playing massive minutes, among the league leaders, and this season he’s added an extra wrinkle to his game: increased rebounding. Through 20 games, Lowry is averaging 6.0 rebounds per game, a new career high even at age 34.
As the Raptors struggle to find enough big men minutes to replace what they lost with the departures of Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka, Lowry has stepped up his rebounding and is nearly second on the team in rebound per game.
Lowry has six or more boards in 12 of the 17 games he’s played this season. That covers this number with room to spare in over 70% of his games, and it might even make the case for playing over 5.5 at plus juice at PointsBet. I’ll stick with the safer play at DraftKings and go over 4.5 boards.
Lowry has only gone under that total four times all year, and two of them were way back in his first two games of the season. You know Lowry is going to show up, log big minutes, and play hard. Now that’s showing up in the rebounding column too.
Trail Blazers vs. Wizards
Raheem Palmer: Ironically this is a matchup between two teams that came back from five-point deficits in the final 10 seconds of a game this weekend, something that’s about as rare as being struck by lightning. Nonetheless, this isn’t a model play from me but rather a situational spot.
The Blazers are playing their third game in four nights, coming off a miraculous win Saturday against the Bulls in Chicago and last night’s 134-106 loss at the hands of the Milwaukee Bucks. Now they fly to Washington to play the Wizards who have momentum coming off Sunday’s thrilling win over the Brooklyn Nets.
The win marked their first victory since Jan. 11 against the Phoenix Suns as the Wizards have spent the majority of the last few weeks playing without a full roster due to COVID-19 protocols.
The Trail Blazers defense is giving up 117.8 points per 100 possessions this season. Over the past two weeks the Blazers are giving up 124.7 points per 100 possessions, which is dead last among NBA teams.
The Wizards are just 4-12 on the season, but this team can score. With a full roster against a Blazers team playing three games in four nights without CJ McCollum, I’ll take my chances on the Wizards outscoring Damian Lillard and Co. for their fifth victory of the season.