We have a seven-game slate on tap Tuesday night, a bit more extensive than usual for this day of the week. There are two games between teams with winning records and one between a winning team and a .500 club. The marquee matchup of the night is clearly the Nets versus Suns nightcap, but there are several other contests that serve as intriguing undercard clashes. There are two contests that sport double-digit spreads as of very early Tuesday, but the remaining lines all check in at 7.5 points or less.
NBA odds for Tuesday, February 1
Here are the latest basketball point spreads, moneylines and totals for today’s games.
NBA Player Props
Bucks F Khris Middleton
Despite going 4-for-8 with just 9 points in a blowout loss Sunday, Khris Middleton has been putting up great averages of 23 PPG, 6.5 RPG, and 6 APG on 49/44/89% shooting splits over his last 13 outings. He’s averaging 32.5 PPG, 6.3 RPG, and 5.5 APG over his last four meetings with Washington and the Wizards have fallen apart recently with the fourth-worst defensive rating during a 5-game losing streak. Look for Middleton to thrive against a Wizards defense that yields the fewest fastbreak PPG and tries to deny the 3-point line, but has struggled at all levels while allowing 115 PPG over their last five outings. Middleton’s scoring prop is relatively low at 19.5 points and he should top 30.5 combined points, rebounds, and assists.
Spurs G Dejounte Murray
Dejounte Murray has a massive rest advantage tonight against a Warriors team that just won in Houston last night. Murray sat out Sunday’s loss at Phoenix, so he hasn’t played since he dropped 29 points, 9 rebounds, and 12 assists last Friday in a win over the Bulls. Murray is now averaging 22.4 PPG, 10 RPG, and 11.8 APG over his last five home games and he’s scored 22-plus points in three of his last four meetings with Golden State. When he gets at least two days of rest this season, Murray averages 10.8 APG and his efficiency rises across the board. Look for him to top 37.5 combined points, rebounds, and assists, and consider the longshot performance double for Murray to drop a triple double in a win (+1000 at FanDuel Sportsbook).
What to watch for today
Bucks aim to bounce back from Sunday embarrassment: The defending champs certainly aren’t exempt from the occasional walloping, especially during a title-defense season that hasn’t gone anywhere near as smoothly as the 2020-21 campaign. That much was evident Sunday night, when the Nuggets surprisingly went into Fiserv Forum and handed Milwaukee an alarming 36-point loss. Giannis Antetokounmpo and company will look to bounce back Tuesday against the Wizards, who are carrying a five-game losing streak and a 10-14 road record.
Heat hope for better health, results in visit to Raptors: The Heat haven’t been as poor as Washington when traveling, but they’ve been far from road warriors. Following a 30-point defeat at the hands of the Celtics on Monday night at TD Garden, Miami is now just 14-13 straight up away from FTX Arena. The going will not get any easier Tuesday, as Erik Spoelstra’s club is in Toronto to face a Raptors squad that’s started to pick up momentum again with a 3-1 mark over their last four. While the Heat won’t have to deal with any opposing fans due to Canada’s COVID-19 restrictions, they could well take the floor again without former Raptor Kyle Lowry (personal), Jimmy Butler (ankle) and P.J. Tucker (knee), who all missed Monday’s rout.
Bulls look to keep share of just-reclaimed top spot: The loss by the Heat Monday night wasn’t just good for the Celtics squad that handed it to them. It also benefitted the idle Chicago Bulls, who ascended back to the top of the Eastern Conference alongside Miami after entering the night a half-game back. Billy Donovan’s club will now try to hold on to their piece of the mountaintop at minimum Tuesday, and with a Magic team that sports a 6-22 away mark, they should have a great chance of doing so.
Surging Nuggets try to follow up dominant win: The Nuggets are undoubtedly riding high following the aforementioned throttling of the Bucks on Sunday night, a victory that was Denver’s fifth consecutive and sixth in the last seven games overall. Denver is tasked with ensuring there’s no letdown Tuesday, and a visit to a Timberwolves team that’s been tough at home should help keep the attention of Mike Malone’s squad. Minnesota is not only 14-10 at Target Center, but they’ve proven to be a relatively tough out for the Nuggets this season. Denver notched a two-point road win in the first meeting before taking a 17-point loss at Ball Arena in the second.
Nets visit Suns with possible Harden return: The Nets continue to wade through a bit of a rollercoaster season that is currently on a bit of a downward trajectory, as Brooklyn has lost four straight games heading into Tuesday’s night’s tilt against the Suns. Part of the reason for the lull has been key injuries, and not just that of Kevin Durant (knee). James Harden is currently trying to overcome a hamstring injury that’s cost him the last pair of contests, and he’ll head into game day questionable to suit up versus Phoenix. The Nets have taken six and four point losses to the Nuggets and Warriors, respectively, without The Beard and they’re listed as robust 7-to-7.5-point underdogs Tuesday to their hosts, who currently boast an NBA-high 10-game win streak.