Two of the league’s in-form teams meet on Tuesday when the Phoenix Suns host San Antonio. The Spurs sit second in the Western Conference and have won 8 of their last ten. The Suns currently sit outside the play-off places. But this might not be as straightforward a test for Greg Popovich’s men as it seems.
Since the All Star break, Phoenix have gathered the NBA’s second best record at 11-4 to pull themselves back into the race for the post-season, using their balanced offense to average over 106 ppg over their last five games. San Antonio, with one eye on a title run, have opted to rest Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan in turn over their last three outings. While the trio might all return against the Suns, the hosts have the momentum to knock off their rivals. A +2.0 handicap has been set in favour of the Suns. All our handicap selections for tonight are priced at 1.91.
The Houston Rockets visit Dallas, just three days after the Mavericks pulled out a 101-99 overtime victory at their fellow Texans. Dallas has been resting up since while Houston needed another extra period to see off struggling Sacramento on Monday night. With both offenses running at full tilt, another 200-plus combined points appears likely. Dallas, at home, should have the edge, even if it again goes to OT.
LA Lakers star Kobe Bryant spent much of the fourth quarter of Sunday’s defeat to Memphis on the bench, a rare sight in his career. The Lakers have now lost three of their last five and have been allowing teams to punish them inside. Golden State has won two of their last four and although they have struggled to adjust to the trade of Monta Ellis, +6.0 handicap on the Warriors looks generous.
Despite the Miami Heat’s second consecutive loss, they’re still the favourites to win the Eastern Conference. However the Chicago Bulls would dispute that tag and they’re currently very good value at +4.00.
Best bet: Phoenix to beat San Antonio at 1.91 with +2.0 handicap.