NBA Betting Preview: Tuesday's Tips

Last season's NBA finalists are struggling but will Oklahoma City bounce back to form tonight?  

While James Harden has become the first Western Conference Player of the Week of the new campaign, the team-mates he left behind in Oklahoma have acutely felt his loss following his trade to Houston two weeks ago.

The OKC Thunder, second favourites for the NBA title, are off to a 1-2 start with Kevin Durant averaging only 22 points and his side plagued by turnovers.

They'll look for some rapid improvements on Tuesday when the Toronto Raptors come calling, but although the home side are 1.25 to win in regulation, there could still be trouble ahead. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan have been hugely effective in tandem and have the speed and poise to capitalise on the Thunder's errors. Canada's finest are priced at +8.5 in the handicap at 1.91 but it's worth going over the total points of 199.0 at 1.91.

The Orlando Magic land in Chicago with a 2-0 record and a sense that forecasts of doom after the exit of Dwight Howard may be premature. It's still unlikely that they'll be avoiding the Draft Lottery but new coach Jacque Vaughn has found a formula to make his side competitive despite their lack of star power and an injury to Hedo Turkoglu.

The Bulls will test the scheme with a defence that is giving up an average of 87 points per game, setting out Tom Thibodeau's mantra to cope with the long-term absence of Derrick Rose. But they showed unfamiliar signs of weakness in last weekend's shock loss to the New Orleans Hornets with Great Britain international Luol Deng among those struggling to pick up the offensive slack. Another lacklustre showing would leave the Magic at great value at 4.95 to make it three out of three.

The Denver Nuggets need to kick start their season after deflating expectations with a woeful opening week. Fortunately, the Detroit Pistons arrive in Colorado, ready and willing to allow the Nuggets to finally strike gold. The hosts are favoured by +10.5 points at 1.91 with the Pistons at 6.50 to pull out an upset.

Bet of the Day: Go under 187.5 total points in Orlando at Chicago at 1.91.