Tuesday is often a more quiet night in the NBA, and this week is no exception. After particularly busy Sunday and Monday ledgers, we’re set for four games. Due to Stephen Curry’s absence, even the Warriors-Magic clash isn’t a true projected blowout, while the other three games have the potential to unfold very competitively.
Tuesday March 22 NBA odds
Here are Tuesday March 22 NBA odds with point spreads, moneylines and totals.
NBA player props
Bulls G DeMar DeRozan
DeMar DeRozan is mired in a slump for his standards, yet he’s still filling it up with averages of 25 PPG, 5.9 RPG, and 4.8 APG over his last 11 outings. He’s averaging 29.7 PPG on 51.6% FG shooting over his last 11 meetings with a Bucks team that has become increasingly willing to let the opposition try and beat them in the mid-range game. Khris Middleton (wrist) is out tonight and he played a key role in holding DeRozan to 11-for-30 FG shooting in a 118-112 Bucks win in Chicago earlier this month. DDR still dropped 29 points in that game and he should top his scoring prop of 26.5 points tonight.
Nuggets G Reggie Jackson
Reggie Jackson has been getting a high usage rate for the shorthanded Clippers regardless of his efficiency. He’s sporting a 32% usage rate on the road since Jan. 5 and has a usage rate of 30% or higher in six of his last eight outings. He dropped 28 points with 12 assists the last time he faced a Nuggets team that ranks 26th in defensive rating (119.7) while giving up 117.8 PPG over their last five games. Denver yields the fourth-most PPG and seventh-most APG to PGs this season, so look for Jackson to top 6.5 assists (+102 odds at FanDuel Sportsbook) and likely get over his prop of 25.5 combined points and assists.
What to watch for today
Warriors try to regroup in winnable matchup: The Warriors have to have at least a modest level of concern about their ability to get by without Stephen Curry (foot), given that Golden State played very poorly against the Celtics after their star point guard exited that game with his injury and then fell to the Spurs at Chase Center on Sunday night in their first full game without him. Golden State also has a date with the Heat coming up on Wednesday night, so Tuesday’s very winnable matchup against the Magic in Orlando is a relatively important one for Steve Kerr’s squad. Despite the wide disparity between the clubs in the standings, the Warriors check in as what could be considered somewhat modest 8-to-8.5-point road favorites.
Hawks and Knicks continue to scramble for postseason positioning: Both the Hawks and Knicks are now paying the price for their sin of inconsistency the majority of the season, with Atlanta and New York each scrambling to pile up as many wins as possible to secure a play-in level spot at the very least. For the moment, Trae Young and company have more breathing room, as they have a five-game lead over the No. 11-seeded Wizards from their own No. 10 perch. Meanwhile, the Knicks are on the outside looking in despite playing better of late, as they, too, are five back of the Hawks. The good news for Tom Thibodeau’s squad is they have a direct shot at the club they’re chasing Tuesday night, and that they’ve already taken the first three meetings with Atlanta this season.
Bulls aim to build on big Monday win in visit to defending champs: The Bulls have rightfully caught flak for struggling against fellow contending teams over the last several weeks, with ugly double-digit losses to the Jazz and Suns three and two games ago, respectively, serving as the latest examples. However, Monday night, Chicago managed to upend a Raptors team that had been playing very well and did so by a 14-point margin. Nevertheless, that game unfolded at United Center, where Billy Donovan’s crew is now an elite 26-10.
Tuesday night brings a different set of circumstances, as DeMar DeRozan and company pay a visit to the Bucks at Fiserv Forum, a matchup that highlights the sharp contrast between the Bulls’ 16-19 road mark and Milwaukee’s 24-12 home tally. The defending champs have also notched narrow wins in the first two games of the regular-season series, and all those factors conspire to make the visitors six-point underdogs.
Clippers and Nuggets look to stop losing streaks: Over in the Western Conference, both the Clippers and Nuggets both project to play past the final day of the regular season, although Los Angeles’ standing is much more tenuous. Tyronn Lue’s squad, which has had to overcome multiple significant long-term injuries, are slotted at No. 9 with a 36-37 record that underscores the rollercoaster-type campaign it’s been. The Nuggets sit more comfortably in the No. 6 seed, but they’re a mere half-game ahead of the No. 7-seeded Timberwolves. Each club enters Tuesday’s fourth and final meeting of the regular season looking to snap brief losing streaks, and with the first three games of the series having been decided by three points or fewer, there could be another wire-to-wire affair on tap.