NBA Sharp Report: Pros Betting Lakers-Hawks, Celtics-76ers Tuesday Night

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  • Sharps have pinpointed two games on tonight's slate of NBA matchups as ones offering value.
  • Wiseguys have been particularly focused on two matchups: Lakers-Hawks (7: 30 p.m. ET) and Celtics-76ers (8 p.m. ET).
  • Sports Insights' Bet Signals help reveal the sharp plays.

Only five NBA games will tip off tonight, but that’s not turning bettors away. In fact, with some intriguing matchups on Tuesday’s board, the decrease in game quantity has only made for higher bet totals on each of tonight’s matchups.

Generally, high-profile games aren’t necessarily of interest to sharps. They’ll bet just about any matchup as long as value is present.

Tonight, however, that value happens to be popping up in the two most heavily bet games to this point: Lakers-Hawks (7:30 p.m.) and Celtics-Sixers (8 p.m. ET).

Los Angeles Lakers @ Atlanta Hawks

7:30 p.m. ET

Sharp angle: Hawks (moved from +5.5 to +5)

Of the 10 teams in action tonight, none have drawn a lower percentage of bets than the Hawks. At 18-38, and facing a Lakers team fighting for its playoff life, Atlanta shouldn’t be surprised to find only 18% of bettors on its side — especially given the relatively short spread.

Despite all the LA support, that spread has become even shorter, as sharper bettors have been happy to take the 5.5 points with the Hawks.

In fact, per Sports Insights’ Bet Signals, Atlanta has triggered seven cases of sharp action at +5.5, causing oddsmakers to drop the line to +5. It’s worth noting that our Line Predictor tool expects the overwhelming support behind the Lakers to push the line back to its opening number.

Boston Celtics @ Philadelphia 76ers

8 p.m. ET

Sharp angle: Under (moved from 226 to 225)

The last time these two teams met, they combined for 235 points on Christmas Day. Only 216 of those, however, were scored in regulation. And in their only other meeting, they put up just 192.

Still, 71% of bets on this total have come on the over — which is nothing to scoff at in what should close as the most heavily bet game of the night. Those bets, however, have generated only 39% of actual money being wagered.

Not only does that create a monetary liability for sportsbooks, but it means that the under is drawing much bigger bets — the ones more likely to come from sharps.

Two SI Bet Signals have confirmed the sharp activity on the under, and oddsmakers have dropped the total down by a point as a result.