NBA Tuesday Odds: Betting Lines for Warriors at Timberwolves, Mavericks at Lakers, More

Written By Staff on March 1, 2022
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We have a six-game slate on tap Tuesday as we officially begin the final full month of the regular season. As teams continue to jockey for playoff berths/positioning, the competition naturally gets more intense, and it’s reflected Tuesday in a ledger that features all lines at 8.5 points or less. A Warriors-Timberwolves battle in Minnesota appears to be the marquee matchup of the night on paper, but the most eye-catching spread is a Mavericks-Lakers clash in L.A. that features Dallas as only a 5-to-5.5-point favorite against its increasingly dysfunctional hosts.

NBA odds for Tuesday, March 1

Here are the today’s NBA betting lines with pro basketball point spreads, moneylines and totals.

Player props

Celtics F Jayson Tatum

The Celtics dropped a game at Indiana just when it looked like they were going to establish some consistency, so it’s effectively gut check time as they host a dangerous Hawks team tonight. Jayson Tatum has led the charge in each of Boston’s last four games following a loss with huge averages of 36.5 PPG, 8.8 RPG, and 6.3 APG. He’s been a much better playmaker since the calendar turned to 2022 with 4.7 APG in that span and Atlanta gives up the fifth-most APG (25.6) this season while ranking 24th in defensive efficiency. Back Tatum to score at least 26.5 points or take the combined prop for him to get at least 30.5 points and assists in a game with a 227-point total that is still rising.

Pistons F Saddiq Bey

The Pistons are in Washington tonight in a game between struggling Eastern Conference teams and that should give second-year forward Saddiq Bey reliable playing time. Bey is averaging 18.1 PPG and 6.4 RPG over 34 MPG over his last 11 appearances and his numbers are slightly better (19 PPG, 6 RPG) over his last nine road games. He dropped 24 points while shooting 4-for-10 from deep in Washington a couple weeks ago and the Wizards’ top-notch 3-point defense has fallen apart lately, as they rank 27th in defensive rating over their last six home games. Bey should cruise past his combined prop of 22.5 points and rebounds and you can get +120 odds at FanDuel Sportsbook for him to hit at least three 3-pointers

What to watch for today

Celtics aim to bounce back from puzzling Sunday loss: The Celtics had been on one of the more impressive stretches of any team this season heading into a Sunday late-afternoon visit to the Pacers, but they were met with a 21-point loss that was their most lopsided since Dec. 10 against a much higher caliber of team in the Suns. Boston’s back in the friendly confines of TD Garden on Tuesday night, however, where it knocked off Atlanta by 10 points on Feb. 13, the penultimate game before the All-Star break. The road hasn’t been kind to the Hawks this season, either, as they’re 11-18 when traveling.

Raptors strive for second win over Nets in 24 hours: The Raptors had similarly been surging in the Eastern Conference going into the All-Star break, but they came out of their week-plus layoff about as flat as possible. Toronto was walloped by the Hawks and Hornets in its first two games of the stretch run, yet managed to take their frustrations out Monday night on an undermanned Nets team. The Raps’ 133-97 walloping of Brooklyn at Barclays Center not only saw the home team play without Kyrie Irving as is the norm, but Andre Drummond also suffered a scary in-game knee injury. Irving is out again Tuesday due to Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements, while Drummond will likely be a very iffy game-time call.

Resurgent Clippers on quest for fourth straight: The Clippers are rather quietly burnishing their record despite still playing without Paul George (elbow) and Kawhi Leonard (knee). Los Angeles has won three straight games to get back over .500 at 32-31, a surge that’s put them just 1.5 games back of the No.7-seeded Timberwolves. Tyronn Lue’s club gets a second straight shot at a tricky Houston Rockets team Tuesday, one that came within a hair of upsetting them Sunday in a wild 99-98 comeback win for L.A.

T-Wolves look to fortify contender cred against visiting Warriors: Speaking of the Timberwolves, Minnesota has been trying to tunnel its way up the standings recently as well and sports a solid 33-29 record that was just improved by a 127-122 road win over the Cavaliers on Monday night. Karl-Anthony Towns and company finally seem to be translating their big-name talent into some on-court results, but they have a tough assignment Tuesday. Minnesota is at home but must take the floor for a second straight night against about the toughest opponent possible in the Warriors, which have handed the T-Wolves a pair of double-digit losses in three tries this season, albeit at Chase Center on each occasion.

Luka gets first shot at slumping Lakers: Luka Doncic was out of action with an ankle injury when the Mavericks first faced the Lakers this season on Dec. 15, a game that resulted in a 107-104 overtime win for Los Angeles. The two teams were in considerably different places at the time, as the victory had pushed L.A.’s record to 16-13 while dropping Dallas to 14-14. LeBron and company have forged an ugly 11-20 mark since that game, while the Mavs have bounced back to go 22-11 and vault into the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference. Doncic will get a direct shot at adding to the now-No.9-seed Lakers’ misery Tuesday night as Dallas goes for its eighth in in the last 11.

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