2015 NBA Tuesday night – Full betting preview

Cavaliers (-2, 201) at Celtics – 7:35 PM EST

The last time these teams met came in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs last season, as Cleveland pulled off a four-game sweep of Boston. The Cavaliers (15-7 SU, 8-14 ATS) covered in three victories, including in both wins at TD Garden. Cleveland snapped a five-game ATS skid in its last trip to the court, a 111-76 blowout of Orlando as 2 ½-point road favorites on Monday. David Blatt’s team has struggled in the role of an away favorite this season, posting a 2-6 ATS record, while losing outright at New Orleans, Detroit, and Milwaukee.

The Celtics (14-10 SU, 14-9-1 ATS) have won three of their last four games, coming off Saturday’s 98-93 triumph at Charlotte as three-point underdogs. Boston returns home where it looks to make up for Friday’s double-overtime loss to Cleveland’s opponent in the NBA Finals last season – Golden State in a 124-119 setback. Brad Stevens’ offense continues to score points, eclipsing the 100-point mark in six of the past seven games, but that has resulted in only four ‘overs’ in this span.

Nuggets at Wolves (-5 ½, 204)– 8:05 PM EST

These Northwest division rivals hook up for the third time this season, as Denver (10-14 SU, 11-12-1 ATS) captured the most recent matchup on Friday in a 111-108 home overtime victory. The Nuggets rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit, while receiving 52 points from its bench, led by Jameer Nelson’s 20 points. Rookie guard Emmanuel Mudiay sat out the game with a sprained ankle, as his status for tonight is unknown.Mike Malone’s club has heated up of late, winning four of their last five, capped off by Monday’s 114-108 home triumph over the Rockets as four-point ‘dogs, the third win over Houston this season. The Nuggets have lost four of five times playing with no rest this season, but managed three covers.

Minnesota (9-14 SU, 10-12-1 ATS) jumped out to a promising start, but the Wolves have gone backwards of late with losses in five of their past six trips to the court. Sam Mitchell’s squad lost both games on its mini two-game road swing, including Sunday’s 108-101 defeat at Phoenix as 5 ½-point underdogs. The Wolves are the worst team in the NBA to back from a pointspread perspective at home, posting a 1-10-1 ATS ledger. Minnesota has also failed to cover in the favorite role this season, compiling an 0-5 ATS mark, which includes a barely sneaking past the Lakers in their last opportunity, 123-122 in overtime as 7 ½-point chalk.

Rockets at Kings (-2 ½, 220) – 10:05 PM EST

One of the big questions surfacing in the Western Conference is when will Houston get their act together? The Rockets (12-13 SU, 9-16 ATS) lost to the Nuggets for the third time this season in Monday’s 114-108 defeat at the Pepsi Center, allowing at least 100 points for the eighth time in 10 games. Houston has won four of seven times with no rest this season, while beating Sacramento twice through the first seven weeks. In the last matchup at the Toyota Center 10 days ago, the Rockets knocked down 16 three-pointers and 32 free throws in a 120-113 victory, led by Dwight Howard’s 22 points and 18 rebounds.

Sacramento (9-15 SU, 11-13 ATS) looks to close out its three-game homestand with three victories, coming off wins over Utah and New York. The Kings will be without point guard Rajon Rondo tonight, who was suspended one game by the NBA for directing a homophobic slur at an official earlier this month. The absence of Rondo will be a huge loss for Sacramento as the former Celtics’ standout has delivered four consecutive double-digit assist games, while sitting out for the first time this season. Tonight’s total sits at 220, as the Kings have cashed the ‘under’ in five of the last seven games with a total of 215 or above. Sacramento has struggled with Houston recently, losing seven consecutive meetings, while managing to cover only once in this span as a 10 ½-point underdog at the Toyota Center last April.

Bucks (-2 ½, 197 ½) at Lakers – 10:35 PM EST

Will we see a major letdown spot for Milwaukee tonight? The Bucks (10-15 SU, 12-13 ATS) begin a four-game West Coast swing after pulling off a massive upset on Saturday, handing Golden State its first loss of the season in a 108-95 triumph as nine-point home underdogs. Milwaukee took advantage of a gassed Golden State squad that won at Boston in double overtime the night before as Jason Kidd’s team shot 49% from the floor, led by Greg Monroe’s 28 points. The Bucks began the season with a 2-1 road record, but have lost nine straight games away from BMO Harris Bradley Center.

The Lakers (3-21 SU, 8-16 ATS) return home from a 1-7 road swing, as Los Angeles covered only three times in eight games. Five of those seven losses came by double-digits, while Byron Scott’s club allowed 100 points in all seven contests, resulting in five ‘overs.’ The Lakers have won only once at Staples Center in seven tries, but have managed to cover in two home games against Central division foes (Indiana and Detroit). The underdog has cashed in four of the last five meetings between Milwaukee and Los Angeles, as the home team won each of the two matchups last season.

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