The BetDeluxe NBA preview is all guns blazing as we head into Tuesday basketball fixtures from the USA.
Charlotte and Toronto from 11:00am (AEDT) is where all the action begins.
phoenix @ philadelphia
february 9th 11:00am
In a battle of two divisional leaders, the Phoenix Suns continue their road trip with a stop in Philadelphia to take on the Sixers.
Phoenix has won 9 of their last 10 games and sit atop the Western Conference standing with the NBA’s best record.
Philadelphia is 7-3 in their last 10 games and are in fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings.
Philadelphia will attempt to utilize Joel Embiid in the post and his ability to find the open man that can knock down shots when he is unable to create his own shot.
Phoenix, on the other hand, can beat teams by limiting them defensively, they can beat teams with outside shooting and they can beat teams in transition.
Real flip of the coin match, but the home team gets the nod… just.
Suggested Bet: Philadelphia 76ers -1.5 at $1.91
indiana @ atlanta
february 9th 11:30am
A pair of teams from the Eastern Conference hoping to improve their position in the playoff picture take the floor in Hotlanta.
The Indiana Pacers are on the road as they make the trip to face the Atlanta Hawks Tuesday night.
Indiana comes in off a 98-85 road loss to Cleveland in their previous contest Sunday night, while Atlanta comes in off a 103-94 road defeat at Dallas in their most recent outing.
The market is heavily favouring the Pacers on the road which seems a bit of a head scratcher.
Indiana has basically thrown up the white flag this season after trading LeVert to the Cavaliers pretty much marked that the team is done for season 2021/22.
The Pacers still don’t have Brogdon and Turner here, which takes away a pair of starters from the mix.
Playing at home should work in Atlanta’s favour, as should the fact that the Pacers are missing several key contributors.
Hawks look great value agains the spread.
Suggested Bet: Atlanta Hawks +8.5 at $1.85
boston @ brooklyn
february 9th 11:30am
Two marquee franchises battle it out on the hardcourt of Barclays Arena when Brooklyn hosts the Boston Celtics on Wednesday morning.
Brooklyn will be without Kyrie Irving due to health and safety, while Kevin Durant also misses again as he battles a troublesome knee injury.
The Nets are currently going through a big form slump and are now facing a Celtics team which is on a roll.
Boston has won five on the trot at the moment and is smashing teams it needs to in order to catapult up the Eastern Conference.
A 116-83 belting of the Magic ensured the Celtics remained entrenched in a guaranteed playoffs position and the all-round form of their team is what will trouble the Nets.
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have had the load taken off their shoulders Al Horford and Dennis Schroder.
This should be a victory to the visitors as they heap more misery on an out-of-form Nets squad.
Suggested Bet: Boston Celtics -5.5 at $1.90
la clippers @ memphis
february 9th 12:00pm
The Memphis Grizzlies will be going for their third consecutive win when they face the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night.
The Grizzlies are coming off a 135-115 win over Orlando as 8.5-point favourites and have been marked the -7.5 favourites for this contest.
Having won five of their last six and eight of their last nine home games, the Grizzlies show just keeps on getting better with Ja Morant as the main act.
Morant has been incredible this season and kept his sensational form up with 33 points, five rebounds, and seven assists in the win over Orlando.
The Clippers, dealing with injuries to Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, have been as brave as ever.
But this match against the white-hot Grizzlies might just be a bridge too far.
Let the Morant show roll on.
Suggested Bet: Memphis Grizzlies -7.5 at $1.90