After a busy stretch of days, the NBA takes a fairly sizable breather Tuesday with only four games on the docket. On paper, it could be a night that tilts toward lopsided results; not only are there no games between teams with winning records, but four of the poorer defensive teams in the league serve as the underdogs.
Tuesday March 15 NBA odds
Here are Tuesday March 15 NBA odds with point spreads, moneylines and totals.
What to watch for today
Surging but short-handed Grizzlies aim to extend win streak to four: Not much can slow down the Grizzlies these days, and Memphis enters Tuesday’s visit to the Pacers with a three-game winning streak in tow. However, Indiana, despite its abysmal 23-46 record, has the capability to give quality teams trouble, and Memphis is also expected to have to take the floor without Ja Morant for the interconference clash. The star point guard is listed as doubtful due to a back injury, meaning it will likely be veteran Tyus Jones drawing the start in what will naturally be a big drop-off.
Nets look to parlay Kyrie’s presence into fourth consecutive win: One team that will have a frequently absent star at the point guard position available Tuesday is the Nets. With Tuesday’s game versus the Magic taking place in Central Florida, Irving will be able to grace Brooklyn with his presence in what lines up as a very favorable matchup. However, Steve Nash’s squad would do well to take their opponent seriously; the 76ers became the latest postseason contender to suffer a serious scare at the hands of Orlando on Sunday evening before Philly escaped with a 116-114 overtime win.
Butler expected back in action as Heat tries to rebound from rare home loss: The Heat’s Jimmy Butler has had a certain degree of trouble staying on the floor recently, as the combination of shoulder and toe injuries along with an illness has led to a trio of absences in the last six games. That included a Saturday night home loss to the Timberwolves, only Miami’s ninth stumble at FTX Arena all season. Butler is off the injury report heading into Tuesday’s visit from the Pistons, a game that should give top-seeded Miami a very good chance to get right back in the win column.
Pelicans face uphill home battle against Suns: The Pelicans managed to reverse what was becoming a troubling slump with a Sunday night win against the Rockets, a victory that snapped a four-game losing streak. Nevertheless, New Orleans faces a true uphill battle to follow that success up with a second straight triumph, as the Suns are in town Tuesday night. Not only is Phoenix arriving with an NBA-best 54-14 mark, but the defending Western Conference champs also figure to be playing with a bit of a chip on their collective shoulder after taking a 117-102 home loss against the Pels the last time the two teams met.
Kyrie Irving has been off since the Nets demolished the 76ers last Thursday, while Kevin Durant did the heavy lifting with 53 points over 43 minutes in a 113-110 win over the Knicks Sunday. We can expect KD to let Kyrie handle the bulk of the offense tonight at a Magic team that has been surprisingly feisty with the best defensive rating in the NBA since the All-Star Break. Kyrie is averaging 30 PPG over his last seven outings against Orlando and 28.9 PPG over his last eight games this season. The last time he faced the Magic, he dropped 30 points over just 25 minutes, so a lack of playing time isn’t a huge concern as he should top 24.5 points tonight, and you can get +126 odds for him to top 25 points in a win at FanDuel Sportsbook.
Tyler Herro is closing the season strong as he looks to earn the Sixth Man of the Year Award. He’s averaging 25 PPG over his last 10 outings and shooting 46% from the floor while dropping 24 PPG over his last seven at home. Tonight the Heat hosts a Pistons team that is posting a rough 120.3 defensive rating over their last 12 road games, and coughs up the second-most PPG to opposing SGs on the season. Herro topped 30 points in two meetings against Detroit earlier this season, posting a 36% usage rate in a game where Miami had Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo active. Herro’s scoring prop is relatively low at 21.5 points and you can get better odds if you take him to top 26.5 combined points and rebounds.
NBA Prop Betting Tips
It can be tricky to bet on spreads and totals in the NBA, where games go down to the wire and crazy things can happen to swing the line in either direction.
Sometimes bettors can find more value, and feel more confident when picking player propositions instead of betting on game results. A player prop refers to a wager on the performance of a single player, typically to go Over or Under a certain amount of points, rebounds, assists, or some combination of those statistics.
There are also team props that involve the scoring and production from entire teams, and some sportsbooks – with FanDuel leading the charge – offer Player Performance Doubles that incorporate player props into team results.
For example, a common offering would be for DeMar DeRozan to score 25-plus points in a Bulls win at +200 odds. This gives extra juice to a Moneyline that might otherwise offer -105 odds or worse on the Bulls winning without DeRozan hitting his player prop.