Market Insights: Lakers-Clippers postponed; 3 NBA games draw sharp action
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Tuesday's Lakers-Clippers game has been postponed in the wake of Kobe Bryant's death, but the show must go on for the rest of the NBA. Tuesday's action features 8 NBA games, 22 college basketball games and 2 NHL games. For an updated breakdown of sharp action across the marketplace be sure to tune in to the VSiN Market Insights Podcast with Josh Appelbaum. It will be posted at 3:30 p.m. ET.
Let's examine three NBA games receiving sharp action tonight.
7 p.m. ET: New York Knicks (13-34) at Charlotte Hornets (15-31)
The public doesn't watch to touch this game between Eastern Conference bottom feeders with a pole. But sharps have identified an edge. The Knicks are coming off 110-97 win over the Nets, easily covering as 2.5-point favorites. Meanwhile, Charlotte is in a tailspin having lost eight straight games. This line opened with the Hornets listed as short 1.5-point home favorites. With two awful teams facing off you might as well take the dog coming off a win getting points, right? Not so fast. Wiseguys steamed the Hornets, pushing Charlotte from -1.5 to -2. The Hornets enjoy a big rest vs tired advantage. The Knicks last played on Sunday while the Hornets have been off since Friday when they fell to the Bucks 116-103 (but covered as 14.5-point dogs). Favorites off a 10-point loss or more are 67-54 ATS (55%) this season. We've also seen some smart money hit the under, dropping the total from 210 to 209.
7:30 p.m. ET: New Orleans Pelicans (18-29) at Cleveland Cavaliers (12-34)
The Zion train rolls on to game No. 4. The Pelicans are coming off an impressive 123-108 victory over the Celtics on Sunday, easily covering as 1.5-point favorites. Cleveland is also coming off a win, beating the Pistons 115-100 as 6.5-point dogs last night. This line opened with New Orleans listed as a 7-point road favorite. Early sharp money has hammered the Pelicans to -7.5 or -8 across the market. New Orleans enjoys a rest vs tired advantage as the Cavs are on the second night of a back-to-back. Despite their poor record, the Pelicans are profitable ATS (24-22-1). The Cavs are 19-25-2 ATS but just 8-14-1 ATS at home. New Orleans also boasts a much better point differential (-2.9 vs -8.7.
8 p.m. ET: Denver Nuggets (32-14) at Memphis Grizzlies (22-24)
The Grizzlies have been one of the feel-good stories of the NBA. Very little was expected from Memphis this year. But after adding Ja Morant to the young core of Jaren Jackson Jr. and Dillon Brooks, the Grizzlies are currently occupying the 8th and final playoff spot in the West. The Nuggets, who have dealt with injuries as of late but are finally getting back to full strength, are currently the 4th seed. This line opened with the Grizzlies listed as a short 1-point favorite but has quickly moved to a pick'em or even Nuggets -1, signaling pro money backing the road squad. Denver is plus 3.46 in point differential while Memphis is -2.3. sharp action has also targeted the under, dropping the total from 226 to 225.5.
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