We’re primed for a seven-game slate Tuesday that could be highly competitive if the matchups live up to their potential. There several possible barn-burners on tap, including Mavericks versus Heat and Celtics versus 76ers. There could also be a couple of other games between teams that are a good bit apart in the standings that may surprise, given the talent and/or recent play of the underdogs.
NBA odds for Tuesday, February 15
Here are the today’s pro basketball lines with pro basketball point spreads, moneylines and totals.
Player prop bet options for tonight
Hornets G LaMelo Ball
With Gordon Hayward (ankle) out indefinitely, LaMelo Ball has become more of a scorer and shooter recently. Ball is 17-for-31 (54.8%) from deep and averaging 29.7 PPG over his last three outings, and now he faces a Wolves team that is giving up the most 3PTM (14.7) and third-most PPG (119.8) over their last 12 outings. The Wolves are yielding the most 3PTM (4.15) and fourth-most PPG (26.2) to PGs over their last 15 games, and LaMelo went 4-for-5 from deep in his lone trip to Minnesota as a rookie. He’s averaging 23.8 PPG over his last 12 outings and 30.8 PPG over his last four road games, while hitting 3.8 triples at a 54% clip. Hammer LaMelo to top 21.5 points in a projected shootout with a 245-point implied total and take the extra juice for Ball to hit at least four 3-pointers (+172 at FanDuel).
76ers G Tyrese Maxey
The Celtics are very familiar with the 76ers and have tried everything they can to slow down Joel Embiid. In the most recent meeting between these teams on Jan. 14, they doubled Embiid often and that allowed Tyrese Maxey to drop 23 points on 8-for-16 FG shooting. Maxey is averaging 17.4 PPG since the start of 2022 and 20 PPG with a 23% usage rate in 10 games without Seth Curry this season. Curry has been traded to Brooklyn and James Harden won’t suit up for Philly tonight, so Maxey is likely to serve as the Sixers primary playmaker. He’s averaging 21.8 PPG on 52% FG shooting over his last five appearances at home and is skilled enough to top 16.5 points in a tough matchup against the surging Celtics defense. If you agree that the 76ers will win at home, take Maxey to score 18-plus points in a win to generate +290 odds at FanDuel.
What to watch for tonight
Red-hot Heat hosts Mavericks, strives to stay atop East: The Heat has been doing everything in its power to hold on to the top spot in the Eastern Conference, and they’ve needed every one of their five consecutive wins to do so. Miami enters Tuesday just a half-game ahead of the No. 2-seeded Bulls, who kept the pressure on Erik Spoelstra’s squad with a comeback win versus the Spurs on Monday night. The Heat will now have to do its part against the visiting Mavericks and a blistering hot Luka Doncic, who’s scored 96 points over his last two games alone.
Celtics put eight-game win streak on line against 76ers: Another surging Eastern Conference contender is the Celtics, who have won eight consecutive games – the longest win streak in either conference at the moment. The stellar run has pushed Boston to the No. 6 seed for the moment, just 4.5 games behind Miami. The Celts have done their best work at home (20-10 mark at TD Garden), but they’ll get a stiff test on the road Tuesday versus the 76ers, which are just two points shy of having beaten them in all three meetings this season. They’ll also have to contend with Joel Embiid, who’s already excelled in all three previous games versus Boston and comes in with six double-doubles and a triple-double against the Cavs in his last seven games.
Bucks face new-look Pacers with potential Giannis absence looming: The Bucks took a walloping at the hands of an inferior team in the Trail Blazers on Monday, primarily due to the fact Giannis Antetokounmpo was forced to sit out the game with an ankle injury. The big man is naturally very iffy for Tuesday’s game against the Pacers as well, and a second straight absence could lead to a very close game despite Indiana’s 19-39 record. Tyrese Haliburton has proven to be a seamless fit in the team’s scheme thus far since his trade from the Kings, young big Oshae Brissett is thriving in Domantas Sabonis’ old power forward spot and Malcolm Brogdon could finally make a return from his Achilles injury Tuesday as well.
Grizzlies aim for sixth straight in visit to Big Easy: The Grizzlies have been rolling since late November, and a snapshot of their last nine games is a fitting microcosm of that stretch. Memphis is 8-1 in that sample and comes into Tuesday’s visit to the Pelicans with five consecutive victories. Ja Morant is considered questionable due to some ankle soreness, however, and his presence could be vital against a New Orleans squad that handed the Grizz an 11-point loss in the one prior meeting this season.
Clippers on quest for third straight upset over Western Conference elite: No one apparently told the Clippers they’re seemingly cursed by key injuries, as Los Angeles has now recorded back-to-back wins over the Mavericks and Warriors despite losing Norman Powell to a broken foot. Los Angeles’ dominant victory over Golden State on Monday night leaves Ty Lue’s club in position to knock off the top two teams in the conference in a 24-hour span, as they’re set for a visit to the top-seeded Suns, which they already own a 16-point victory over this season.