We’re set for a much busier Tuesday than usual in the Association, as there are 10 games on tap. There are some big names clashing head-to-head, the Suns-76ers, Celtics-Nets and Bucks-Lakers battles will have no shortage of star power. Accordingly, oddsmakers expect a slew of close matchups, as there is only one game with a double-digit spread as of early Tuesday.
NBA odds for Tuesday, February 8
Here are the today’s NBA odds with pro basketball point spreads, moneylines and totals.
Basketball player props
Pelicans F Brandon Ingram
Brandon Ingram just dropped 33 points with 3 rebounds and 12 assists in a win at Houston and his props are very low at 24.5 points and 30.5 combined points and rebounds at FanDuel Sportsbook. Ingram is averaging 28.6 PPG and 7.3 RPG with a 128.3 offensive rating over seven meetings with Houston since he was traded to the Pelicans. He’s averaging 24.5 PPG, 5.4 RPG, and 7.3 APG with a 30% usage rate over his last 10 games and should be the focal point of the New Orleans attack tonight. Houston is playing at the fastest pace in the NBA and giving up 119 PPG while allowing opponents to shoot 52% from the floor over their last 10 games. This is a cupcake matchup for Ingram.
Magic G Cole Anthony
The Trail Blazers have dropped four straight games and new GM Joe Cronin has decided to blow it up at the trade deadline. The remaining players on the roster will look to win a shootout tonight against a Magic team that is playing at the fastest pace and allowing a league-high 123.8 PPG over their last four games. We love the top players from Orlando to top their props tonight, led by Cole Anthony. The second-year PG was averaging 17.2 PPG and 8.3 APG over six outings prior to a dud against the Celtics and he has much better splits on the road this season. Anthony is getting +190 odds to top 15 points in a win at FanDuel Sportsbook and his teammate Franz Wagner is getting +210 odds for the same bet. Both young players should find success tonight against a listless Blazers team and the Magic could certainly pull out the road win.
What to watch for today
Suns aim to continue dominant run against 76ers: It seems the Suns simply can’t help but win of late, as they’ve prevailed in 13 of the last 14 games. Monday night offered a fitting example of how right Phoenix is living, as Monty Williams’ squad recorded a 127-124 road victory against the Bulls at United Center that saw them hold off an improbable late rally. The one negative aspect of the win was that the Suns’ first unit ended up logging a heavier workload than ideal on the first night of a back-to-back set, and that Tuesday’s opponent happens to be a Sixers squad that’s won six of eight in their own right and is a narrow home favorite going into gameday.
Celtics look to add to short-handed Nets’ woes: Another Atlantic Division club that’s been on an upswing lately is the Celtics, who are clicking on all cylinders at the moment after winning seven of the last eight, including five straight. Boston has been recording some sizable victories as well, with four of them coming by at least 29 points. Ime Udoka’s charges may have a difficult time pulling off the same feat at Barclays Center on Tuesday night, but Brooklyn could be without James Harden (hamstring) in addition to Kyrie Irving (vaccination status) and LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle). Oddsmakers have notably afforded the visitors a robust 5.5-to-7.5-point projected advantage.
Grizzlies host new-look Clippers: The Grizzlies have been almost as dominant as the Suns in the Western Conference, with Memphis forging a spectacular 28-8 record since Nov. 28. Ja Morant and teammates have most recently won five of their last six, and they’ll enter Tuesday’s home contest against the Clippers as a comfortable favorite. Los Angeles is now 27-28 and were just thumped by the Bucks, 137-113 on Sunday night. However, that loss did have a silver lining, as trade acquisitions Norman Powell (team-high 28 points) and Robert Covington (13 points, four rebounds) both showed well in their debuts and could see a bump in minutes Tuesday.
Knicks try to finish what they start after back-to-back blown leads: The Knicks have cornered the market on heart-breaking losses lately, blowing second-half leads against the Lakers and Jazz on their way to three straight defeats overall. New York was limited to just 18 fourth-quarter points Monday night versus Utah, and they’ll have to quickly put the disappointment in the rearview mirror with a Tuesday night visit to the Nuggets on tap. Denver handed the Knicks a 14-point loss at Madison Square Garden in the first meeting this season and just snapped their own three-game skid with a 20-point win over the Nets.
Bucks on quest to stay hot in visit to full-strength Lakers: The Bucks’ aforementioned rout of the Clippers on Sunday included their second straight 137-point haul against a Western Conference opponent, as they’d also racked up the same total versus the Trail Blazers on Saturday night. Milwaukee’s road swing continues Tuesday with a visit to the Lakers, which are expecting both Anthony Davis (wrist) and LeBron James (knee) to take the floor and play a normal allotment of minutes. Los Angeles clipped New York in their Saturday night meeting with the help of LeBron’s spectacular triple-double in his return from a five-game absence. Given the defending champs’ recent form, the hosts will likely need all they can get from each of their stars, but they did play Milwaukee close at Fiserv Forum earlier in the season before dropping a 109-102 decision.