Tuesday NBA four-team parlay (+1443 odds): Trust the Knicks

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A failed high school pitcher, I have discovered that I have a higher aptitude for analyzing and writing about sports than I do playing them. To my friends, I am better known as "The Commish." When I am not organizing a fantasy league or writing an article, I am probably nose-deep in a book--further illustrating the point that my niche in this world is as a nerd rather than an athlete.

The Tuesday night NBA slate of action features some of the best teams in the NBA  going head to head. At 7:30 p.m. the Clippers and Celtics will tip-off in the first game of TNT’s doubleheader with the Suns traveling to the Staples Center to take on the Lakers in the second game at 10:00 p.m. Tonight’s action also features the surging New York Knicks against the San Antonio Spurs and the Denver Nuggets against the red-hot Milwaukee Bucks. Be sure to check out our picks on the side and total for each of tonight’s matchups.

Here’s our four-team parlay for Tuesday:

Los Angeles Clippers -4 (-110)

New York Knicks ML (+114)

Milwaukee Bucks -6.5 (-110)

Los Angeles Lakers -2 (-110)

Parlay odds: +1443

For this parlay we like the Clippers to get back in the win column, the Knicks to pull an “upset,” and a couple of elite teams to defend home-court to wrap up the evening.

Los Angeles Clippers -4 over Boston Celtics (-110)

Despite losing to the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday afternoon, the Clippers are still tied for the third-best win percentage in the NBA. In this matchup, they will take on the Boston Celtics–a team that has dealt with a plethora of COVID- and injury-related issues this season. At 17-17, they are not in the championship conversation, as many had predicted in the preseason. The Celtics are going to find it difficult to pull off this win against a Clippers team that has feasted on struggling teams this year. Los Angeles is 14-2 against teams below .500, and while Boston is technically at .500, they were only 15-17 as of last week, and are likely to be under .500 again after tonight.

The Clippers are the best three-point shooting team in the league and have more offensive weapons than the struggling Celtics will be able to contain. Jayson Tatum has reportedly still been experiencing difficulties physically in the aftermath of his bout with COVID-19, while Kemba Walker and Jaylen Brown have both been hobbled by nagging injuries in recent weeks. Los Angeles has lost back-to-back games only once this season. It is unlikely to happen for the second time tonight.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for Los Angeles Clippers vs. Boston Celtics.

New York Knicks ML over San Antonio Spurs (+114)

At Pickswise, we continue to stress that the New York Knicks are being dramatically undervalued by sportsbooks and the general public. Prior to their last game against the Detroit Pistons, they were listed as a pick’em, but we commented that the line seemed ludicrous and then New York won the game by 19 points. Since acquiring Derrick Rose, the Knicks are 7-3, averaging 110.6 points per game and holding their opponents to 103.8 points. Only the Jazz and the Bucks have a per-game point-differential of 6.8 or better on the season.

We are not trying to convince anyone that the Knicks should be in the conversation for an NBA title, but this 10 game sample size should be enough to convince bettors that we are watching a very solid basketball team. The Spurs played a lot of minutes in an overtime affair last night against the Brooklyn Nets. On the season, the Knicks are 7-2 with a rest advantage while the Spurs are 1-3 playing on zero days of rest. Take New York.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for New York Knicks vs. San Antonio Spurs.

Milwaukee Bucks -6.5 over Denver Nuggets (-110)

Are the Milwaukee Bucks finally hitting their stride? It definitely appears that way. The Bucks enter this Tuesday night matchup fresh off of a thrilling home win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday afternoon. They held the Clippers to 100 points–a major accomplishment for a Milwaukee team that had seemingly forgotten how to play defense over the first month and a half of the season. The Bucks have Jrue Holiday back in their lineup, have won five games in a row, and are starting to look like the team that everyone expected them to be in the preseason.

In the last three years, Milwaukee is 77-17 at home. They are led in this game by Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is averaging over 30.0 points and 12.0 rebounds per game since the beginning of February. The Denver Nuggets are playing on a back-to-back after a hard-fought win against the Chicago Bulls last night. Take the surging, well-rested, Bucks to cover a manageable spread tonight at home where they have been dominant in recent years.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for Denver Nuggets vs. Milwaukee Bucks.

Los Angeles Lakers -2 over Phoenix Suns (-110)

In the last 11 games that Schroder has played, the Lakers are 10-1, but they lost all four games that he missed during the second half of February due to COVID health and safety protocols. Between his defensive prowess and the fact that he is second on the Lakers in both scoring and assists per game without Anthony Davis in the lineup, it is clear that Schroder is an extremely valuable player for his team. Fortunately for Los Angeles, he is healthy and ready to go for tonight’s action against the star-powered Phoenix Suns. Schroder should be able to cause the Suns’ floor general, Chris Paul, plenty of trouble and could be the difference-maker in a Lakers win.

The Suns will be playing the final game of a road trip that has taken them to Chicago, Minnesota, and now the West Coast. Considering that Phoenix has already guaranteed a winning road trip, it is possible that their motivation for this game is lower than they need it to be to walk away with a win. Take LeBron James, and Schroder to win their third game in a row at home tonight.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers.

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