NBA Betting: Not one of the seven matchups Tuesday features two teams that each have a win-loss record above .500 but this Western Conference rivalry between the Suns and Trailblazers is a close as it gets.
Portland started last season at 12-8 before going on to win 50 games but the Trailblazers are 2-6-1 ATS vs. teams with a winning record. Sportsbook have the home side favored.
Phoenix (11-9) at Portland (9-11)
Line: Trailblazers -3
Portland started the season 6-3 but fell into six-game spiral that sent their fans into a tizzy.
The Blazers led at half-time in three of the six losses and three were by four points or less, but was Sunday’s win against the Clippers a turning point or an aberration?
Strong play in the defensive zone will a key for Portland but the Suns (109.8 ppg) lead the league in scoring and for seven-straight games have notched 105-plus points per game. Look for the Trailblazers to fall behind in the second-half and for this game to finish with a margin of less than three.
Pick: Take the Suns
Washington (6-13) at L.A. Lakers (14-6)
Line: Lakers -13
The Lakers won their first game in over a week Friday, beating Sacramento 113-80 SU/ATS. It was LA’s most convincing win of the season, covering the spread by more than 20 points, and after a three-day layoff the sports betting books are calling for more of the same.
The Wizards are a likely target, opening the season with a 0-10 SU record away from home, and looking back to last season when Washington was 1-6 SU through the first month away from home, the Lakers should be ready to pour it on thick.
Washington was beat up in Phoenix Sunday and the Wizards are 7-2 ATS in their last nine games that followed a loss of more than 10 points but in three games this season as an 11-point (or greater) underdog, Washington is 0-3 ATS.
Pick: Take the Lakers