We have a typically compact Tuesday night on tap in the NBA with only five games on the docket. However, the sparse number of matchups doesn’t equate to a lack of significance, as all but one of the 10 teams in action have postseason interests at stake in some form. The night is also marked by the very likely absence of LeBron James, which only further dims the Lakers’ already bleak outlook.
Tuesday March 29 NBA odds
Here are Tuesday March 29 NBA odds with point spreads, moneylines and totals.
NBA player props
Nets F Kevin Durant
While the Nets should have Kyrie Irving tonight when they host the Pistons, this matchup lines up better for Kevin Durant. The Pistons actually lead the NBA in 3-point defense since the All-Star Break and are allowing the fewest PPG to opposing PGs (18.5) over their last 15 games. Detroit has stunningly covered in 14 of its last 16 games when listed as underdogs, so a blowout seems less of a concern. Durant is averaging 34.8 PPG with a 35% usage rate over his last six outings at home, and still put up 27 points despite shooting 9-for-24 from the floor when Irving made his home debut on Sunday. Durant dropped 51 points against Detroit earlier this season and Jerami Grant (calf) will be unavailable to guard him tonight. Take KD to top 27.5 points and consider the player performance double at FanDuel Sportsbook for him to score 30-plus points in a win.
Jazz G Donovan Mitchell
The Jazz need a win to end their 6-game road trip and Donovan Mitchell should lead them to victory over a Clippers team that has dropped five straight with the worst net rating (-15.7) in basketball during that span. LAC is yielding the fifth-highest mark from downtown (38.6%) during that span and has allowed Utah to average 18 triples at a 40.8% clip over their last six meetings with the Jazz. Mitchell is averaging 31.8 PPG in those contests and his scoring jumps to 35.3 PPG with 6.7 triples per game in his last three road games at the Clippers. With Bojan Bogdanovic (calf) out, Mitchell’s PPG average rises from 25.5 to 28.9 and his usage rate rises to 36% while he hits 4.8 triples per game. He should cruise past his prop of 25.5 points (-105 at DraftKings Sportsbook) and top 3.5 made 3-pointers tonight.
What to watch for today
Bucks and 76ers battle jostle for No. 2 seed: The top of the Eastern Conference continued its rollercoaster ride Monday night, as the Celtics’ short-lived stay at the top ended with the combination of their OT loss to the Raptors and the Heat’s win over the Kings. Meanwhile, the 76ers and the Bucks remain in the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds, respectively, with identical 46-28 records. The two squads clash for the third and final time this regular season Tuesday night, and all the big names on either side will be available for a game whose winner will end the night just a half-game behind Miami for the top spot.
Wizards look to keep slim postseason hopes alive: The Wizards are one of two Eastern Conference teams – the Knicks being the other – that are still technically in play for a play-in spot, albeit by the thinnest of margins. Washington has kept itself in the conversation with three wins in the last four, but Wes Unseld Jr.’s club remains 5.5 games back of No. 10-seeded Atlanta with eight games left on their schedule. The next one is a Tuesday night home battle versus the Bulls, which have proven to be consistently inconsistent in the last several weeks but have handed the Wizards losses in each of the first two meetings.
Nets, Kyrie try to make up for blown Sunday home loss: Kyrie Irving’s big coming-out home-floor party was a certifiable dud from both an individual and team perspective Sunday night against the Hornets. Not only did the star point guard go just 6-for-22 from the field and the Nets drop a 119-110 decision. Brooklyn, which currently slots into the No. 8 seed by just a half-game over Charlotte, does got a do-over Tuesday night versus the Pistons. However, despite its 20-55 mark, Detroit has given several quality teams trouble this season, while the Nets haven’t exactly been the most reliable even when Kyrie and Kevin Durant have shared the floor.
Desperate Lakers visit Mavericks with LeBron likely out: The way the Lakers have played the majority of the season, they may indeed be best off getting left out of the postseason dance altogether. That may indeed be what comes to fruition, as Los Angeles is now hanging on to just a half-game advantage over the Spurs for the No. 10 seed after losing seven of the last 10 games. To make matters worse, LeBron James badly turned his ankle in the loss to the Pelicans on Sunday night, saddling him with a doubtful tag for Tuesday’s visit to a Mavericks team that’s 17-6 since Feb. 4.
Jazz and Clippers clash on extended skids: Neither the Jazz nor Clippers have anything to really be concerned with as far as being able to play beyond the last day of the regular season is concerned, as even No.8- seeded Los Angeles has a five-game cushion at the moment with respect to falling out of the play-in level altogether. However, neither is primed to go into any postseason play with appreciable momentum currently – Utah has dropped four straight to a quartet of contenders, while L.A. has lost five straight and eight of the last 10 overall. The two teams look to right the ship at the other’s expense Tuesday night at Crypto.com Arena, with the Jazz trying for the season sweep.