If you found yourself missing the NBA on Monday night while the NCAA took center stage, there’s good news Tuesday — the Association bounces back in a big way, with 12 games on the slate overall. With only six days remaining in the first 82-game regular season since the 2018-19 campaign, a good bit of the postseason picture is now settled. However, there is still movement possible for multiple squads in each conference, many which are in action Tuesday.
Tuesday April 5 NBA odds
Here are Tuesday April 5 NBA odds with point spreads, moneylines and totals.
Player prop bets
Rockets G Kevin Porter Jr.
Kevin Porter Jr. continues to put up big numbers with the Rockets playing at an insane pace down the stretch. He’s averaging 26 PPG, 7.8 RPG, and 9.5 APG over his last four outings, yet his prop sits at just 26.5 for both points and assists combined. Porter Jr. should fill it up tonight against a Nets team that’s playing at the third-fastest pace over their last four games, and allows the third-most PPG to PGs (24.3) this season. He’s averaging 21.9 PPG, 7 RPG, and 7.6 APG with higher efficiency when Christian Wood (hamstring) has been out this season and dropped 20 points and six assists on a limited usage rate against Brooklyn last March.
Jazz G Donovan Mitchell
The Jazz face a stiff test at home tonight against a well-rested Grizzlies team that stunningly beat the Suns on Friday without five of their best players. Dillon Brooks (hip) is expected to sit tonight, which bolsters the individual matchup for Donovan Mitchell. There is little potential for a blowout win against Memphis, which secures Mitchell’s playing time tonight, and he’s averaging 28 points per 36 minutes this season. Mitchell is averaging 29.5 PPG with a 36.4% usage rate over his last 10 outings and has only failed to score 26 points in one of those games when he tweaked his ankle against Dallas. He’s averaging 29.3 PPG over his last three meetings with Memphis during the regular season and burned the Grizz for 29.7 PPG on a 38.2% usage rate in the playoffs last spring. Take the great odds (-106 at FanDuel Sportsbook) for Mitchell to top 26.5 points tonight.
What to watch for today
Cavaliers aim to inch closer to play-in level escape in visit to Orlando: The Cavaliers are one of those aforementioned teams that can still improve its postseason lot over the final few days of the season. Cleveland’s 43-36 mark has it sitting in the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference for the moment, but the Cavs trail the No. 6-seeded Raptors by just 2.5 games. A move up would naturally also represent a departure from the play-in level for J.B. Bickerstaff’s crew, and Tuesday’s road matchup against the Magic, which could be down Cole Anthony (toe) and Jalen Suggs (ankle), could certainly get them a step closer to that goal.
Heat hosts motivated Hornets squad, looks to defend top spot: The team that multiple clubs are still chasing in the Eastern Conference is the Heat, which sports a two-game lead over the No. 2-seeded Celtics and a 2.5-game advantage over the No. 3- ranked Bucks with three games remaining on Miami’s schedule. It’s a relatively secure advantage at the moment, but Erik Spoelstra’s squad still needs another victory or two to sew things up. The visiting Hornets don’t necessarily figure to make things easy Tuesday night, either, as Charlotte has clinched its play-in spot but can theoretically still move up from its No. 9 seed to as high as No. 7.
Hawks and Raptors face off in Toronto: One of the teams the Hornets could overtake is the Hawks, which check in at the No. 8 seed just a game ahead of Charlotte going into Tuesday night. Atlanta has put together another impressive late-season surge this year and is an elite 26-14 straight up on its home floor but just 15-23 on the road. The latter figure doesn’t necessarily bode well for Tuesday night’s trip to Toronto, where the No. 6-seeded Raptors will be looking to protect their standing at minimum and potentially move into the No. 5 spot with the help of a Bulls loss.
Bucks-Bulls, Spurs-Nuggets clashes have plenty of postseason implications: Speaking of Chicago, they’re hosting their midwestern neighbor, the defending champion Bucks, on Tuesday night. Milwaukee has already taken three games from the Bulls, which have famously struggled plenty against fellow contenders, this season. The Bucks are also trying to remain alive for the top seed as mentioned earlier, giving them plenty of incentive for Tuesday’s clash. Meanwhile, a Western Conference battle in Denver between the Spurs and Nuggets has significance as well; San Antonio is two games ahead of the Lakers for the final play-in spot with four to play for each team, while the No. 5-seeded hosts have yet to officially claim a playoff (as opposed to play-in) spot and can also climb up to No. 4.
Limping Lakers close to last out against Suns: On the subject of the Lakers, it’s getting extremely close to do-or-die time for a team that may go down as one of the greatest disappointments in decades, relative to the star power on the roster. Los Angeles barely has runway left to make up its aforementioned two-game deficit with San Antonio, and they have the unenviable task of visiting the best team in the league Tuesday night in the Suns, which don’t appear set to rest any players after doing so in their last game. Phoenix already owns three double-digit victories over LeBron James and company this season, the most recent a 140-111 shellacking; what’s more, neither LeBron (ankle) nor Anthony Davis (foot) are a sure bet to suit up, helping lead to the hosts’ status as 11.5-point home favorites.