Brooklyn Nets vs Orlando Magic is likely to be a low-scoring affair, writes Unibet columnist Mark Woods...
New Orleans Pelicans 1.92, Sacramento Kings 1.90 (starts at 01.05 GMT)
2014 has been miserable so far for the New Orleans Pelicans and it took until Monday for them to claim a first victory when they edged out the Memphis Grizzlies on the road. Now, on Tuesday, they bid to claim a first home triumph since late-December when the Sacramento Kings come to town.
Injuries have cost the Pelis dear with Jrue Holiday and Ryan Anderson headlining a list of regular absentees. That’s pushed more of a load on Tyreke Evans to help Anthony Davis but their team is still being out-scored by 101.4-103.8 this season.
Over their last ten, New Orleans have averaged just 93.5 per game. That could offer some value in going under the first quarter points line of 46.5, available at 3.40.
Sacramento, who lost 103-100 when these two met last month, are 1.95 to come out on top and they come off defeats at Memphis and Oklahoma City. And they’ll need more help from Rudy Gay, with the Kings 0-8 when he scores under 20 points.
Brooklyn Nets 1.20, Orlando Magic 4.80 (starts at 00.35 GMT)
The Nets revival continued with a 103-80 demolition of the New York Knicks on Monday and they’re at -9.5 on the handicap over the Orlando Magic as they look for an eighth win out of nine.
Deron Williams came off the bench last time and, for now, the All Star looks set to stay in a reserve role rather than upsetting a successful formula. That figures to boost Joe Johnson whose scoring output rises with extra touches when Williams is off the floor.
The Nets have also blown teams away early of late and against an Orlando team which has won only one of their last ten, expect Brooklyn to surge clear and keep up that grip.
Best bet: Go under 196.5 total points in New Orleans – Sacramento at 2.90.