The NBA season has been full of surprises and drama so far this season.
BetDeluxe has cast its eye over four massive games this Tuesday to identify some value.
76ers vs. Suns
8th November 12:00PM
Philadelphia has dropped into a bit of a funk and needs to get its season back on track quicksmart if it is to challenge for the NBA title as many predicted.
Successive losses to lowly Washington and New York have led to some panic. A big reason is the absence of James Harden, who is set to miss up to a month with a foot injury, while centre Joel Embiid has missed three consecutive games through illness. Embiid at least should be back for this game, and he will be desperately needed against a Phoenix team that doesn’t seem to have skipped a beat after two deep playoff runs over the past two seasons.
While there have been a couple of dips, Devin Booker and DeAndre Ayton are humming as a combination and can take down the best in the league on their day. Damion Lee has had some purple patches outside the arc and could cause trouble if he gets free.
Suggested Bet: Phoenix -1.5 at $1.91
Heat vs. Trailblazers
8th November 12:30PM
Portland has been one of the surprise stories of the season so far, sitting near the top of the western conference even without star guard Damian Lillard who has battled with injury. Lillard is borderline to take to the court against the Heat, but Portland has shown they can do plenty without him.
Justice Winslow has stepped up to fill the breach, while Jerami Grant is also relishing his extra responsibilities in a very even team that is one of the hardest to match up on.
The Blazers take on a Miami team that is performing well below expectations. There have been some signs of life after a disappointing start to the season, but they are still languishing towards the bottom of the Eastern conference.
Tyler Herro is still finding his feet as a starter after playing as a role player for much of his career, as is Caleb Martin. There is no question that the famous Heat culture will see this team through, but it won’t be enough to get the win here.
Suggested Bet: Same game multi
Leg 1: Blazers +7.5
Leg 2: Total score over 220.5
Mavericks vs. Nets
8th November 1:45PM
Halloween may have been and gone, but the Brooklyn horror show is still there for all to see. A sacked coach, injuries, a dysfunctional team and superstar suspension have all been part of the team’s horrors this season.
There have been some big wins recently, though, and it is worth remembering that even with all the negatives, they still have Kevin Durant on the roster. Durant has been exceptional this season and should continue his form here.
But they are coming up against a firing Dallas that has won its past three games and has Luka Doncic posting MVP-like numbers. With Spencer Dinwiddie and Dorian Finney-Smith providing more than reliable support, the Mavs are a force and should take this one.
Suggested Bet: Same game multi
Leg 1: Dallas -6.5
Leg 2: Total score under 113.5
Clippers vs. Cavaliers
8th November 2:30PM
Not many would have had Cleveland as a title contender going into this season, but they seem right in the mix from what we’ve seen so far.
The Cavs are playing as well as they have since the LeBron eras. Donovan Mitchell has vastly improved with his new team and is fast becoming one of the NBA’s stars, while veteran Kevin Love is also playing a vital role. Now they have Darius Garland back from injury; the Cavs are one of the hottest teams in the league and are one to watch as the season plays out.
The Clippers have the more extensive reputation but have had more than a few issues this season, particularly the durability of Kawhi Leonard, who cannot shake off his injury concerns. Some recent wins have them showing form, but they won’t have what it takes to knock off the white-hot Cavs.
Suggested Bet: Cleveland -1 at $1.96