Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 9:59 AM

Tuesday's Tip Sheet

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Game of the Night: Lakers at Bucks (-11 ½, 230) – 8:05 PM EST

It’s not often that this showcase features a game with a double-digit spread. The Lakers (31-39 SU, 27-41-2 ATS) continue to spiral out of control with the latest embarrassment coming in Sunday’s 124-123 setback to the Knicks as 4 ½-point favorites. L.A. allowed New York to score 41 first point quarter points, while the game-winning attempt from LeBron James in the final seconds was rejected by New York’s Mario Hezonja to send the Lakers to 1-8 in the last nine games.

The Bucks (52-18 SU, 41-26-3 ATS) suffered only their sixth home loss of the season in Sunday’s 130-125 home setback to the 76ers as six-point favorites. Giannis Antetokounmpo put together a career-high 52 points for Milwaukee, along with 19 made free throws and 16 rebounds. However, the Bucks couldn’t erase a nine-point halftime deficit in spite of scoring 43 points in the fourth quarter (but allowed 41 points).

Milwaukee owns an incredible 16-1 record off a loss this season with the only defeat coming at Phoenix on March 4 as 13-point favorites in a 114-105 defeat. The Bucks have not lost back-to-back games at Fiserv Forum this season, but Milwaukee has put together a 7-6 ATS record as a favorite of 11 points or more.

The Lakers will look to avenge a 131-120 home loss to the Bucks on March 1 as 5 ½-point underdogs. Los Angeles built a six-point halftime lead, but was outscored in the second half, 72-55, while the total sailed OVER 240. Eric Bledsoe paced the Bucks with 31 points, while James paced the Lakers with 31 points, as L.A. tries to snap an 0-5 SU/ATS run in the underdog role this evening.

However, the Lakers will have to beat the Bucks without their star as James is sidelined with a groin injury. Los Angeles owns a 6-13 SU and 8-10-1 ATS mark without James this season, but picked up two covers as double-digit underdogs in this span. Antetokounmpo is also out for the Bucks with a sprained ankle, as Milwaukee is 3-2 SU/ATS without the "Greek Freak" this season.

76ers (-1 ½, 224) at Hornets – 7:05 PM EST

It’s highly unlikely that Philadelphia and Charlotte will hook up in the opening round of the playoffs, but that’s good news for the Sixers. Philadelphia (45-25 SU, 33-37 ATS) has won all three games against Charlotte (31-38 SU, 31-37-1 ATS) by a combined five points, including a pair of overtime victories. The 76ers have captured nine consecutive meetings with the Hornets dating back to January 2017, including four straight covers at Spectrum Center.

The Hornets limp home from a 1-3 road trip with three losses by double-digits at Milwaukee, Houston, and Miami. Charlotte’s offense dried up on Sunday in a 93-75 setback to the Heat as the Hornets scored only 36 points in the second half, while hitting 7-of-36 attempts from three-point range. The Hornets have lost 12 of their past 17 games, while covering just four times in this span.

The 76ers picked up their fourth consecutive victory in Sunday’s 130-125 triumph at Milwaukee, which snapped a two-game road skid. Joel Embiid posted a 40-point, 15-rebound effort in Sunday’s win, while Jimmy Butler scored 27 points to help the 76ers forge above the .500 mark on the road (17-16). However, Embiid will sit out tonight for the 76ers, missing his ninth game since the All-Star break.

Following an eight-game UNDER stretch, Philadelphia has hit the OVER in two straight contests, as Sunday’s shootout at Milwaukee ended a four-game UNDER run away from Wells Fargo Center.

Rockets (-7 ½, 231 ½) at Hawks – 7:35 PM EST

Houston (44-26 SU, 32-36-1 ATS) is continuing to make a push for the top seed in the Western Conference as the Rockets have won 10 of their past 11 games following Sunday’s 117-102 home victory over Minnesota. The Rockets enter tonight’s action 3 ½ games behind both Golden State and Denver for the number one seed in the West. Houston actually received balanced scoring as Chris Paul hit 6-of-7 three-point attempts and scored 25 points, while James Harden surprisingly did not lead the Rockets in points by posting 20 on 8-of-24 shooting. The Rockets cashed their seventh UNDER in the last eight games, while not allowing more than 106 points in each game during this run.

The Hawks (24-47 SU, 35-36 ATS) have played better at home of late by beating the Pelicans and Grizzlies, while owning a strong 6-1 ATS record in the past seven contests as a home underdog. Atlanta hung with Houston in the first matchup at Toyota Center as 12 ½-point underdogs in a 119-111 loss last month. Since the start of January, the Rockets have compiled a 1-6-1 ATS mark in their eight opportunities as a road favorite.

Warriors (-6 ½, 229 ½) at Wolves – 8:05 PM EST

Golden State (47-22 SU, 28-40-1 ATS) lost for the first time on its four-game road trip in Monday’s 111-105 setback at San Antonio. The Warriors knocked off the Rockets and Thunder to start this trip, but the Splash Brothers couldn’t throw one in the water last night as Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined to shoot 14-of-43 from the floor for 39 points. Curry did drill a 61-footer to end the first quarter following an 0-of-7 start, but the Warriors failed to cover for the fourth straight time as a road favorite.

The Warriors head to Minnesota to face the Timberwolves (32-38 SU, 34-36 ATS), who are in a tough scheduling spot after suffering their eighth straight road loss and return home for one game. Minnesota lost all three games by double-digits on its road trip at Denver, Utah, and Houston, while failing to cover in all three defeats as an underdog of 9 to 9 ½ points. The Wolves hit the highway again after tonight for two games at Charlotte and Memphis, but Minnesota has won six consecutive games at Target Center.

Golden State captured the first two meetings with Minnesota at Oracle Arena this season, but the Wolves have won the last two matchups at Target Center, including a 109-103 victory last March as a 3 ½-point underdog.

Nets at Kings (-3 ½, 233) – 10:05 PM EST

The long schedule has caught up with both these up and coming squads as each team is slumping of late. Brooklyn (36-36 SU, 38-34 ATS) has lost the first three games of a seven-game road swing to the Thunder, Jazz, and Clippers, while blowing significant leads in the defeats to Oklahoma City and Los Angeles. The Nets managed a cover as 5 ½-point underdogs at Staples Center on Sunday, snapping a four-game ATS slide away from Barclays Center.

Sacramento (34-35 SU, 41-27-1 ATS) ended a three-game skid in Sunday’s 129-102 home blowout over Chicago to grab the season sweep over the Bulls. The Kings grabbed their third straight cover following close losses to the Celtics and 76ers on the road, as Sacramento seeks back-to-back wins for the first time since the All-Star break. Sacramento was blown out at Brooklyn in its first matchup this season at Barclays Center, 123-94 as 3 ½-point underdogs in late January as the Nets outscored the Kings, 30-9 in the fourth quarter.

Pacers at Clippers (-5, 219 ½) – 10:35 PM EST

Indiana (44-27 SU, 36-35 ATS) heads to Los Angeles with no rest tonight after Monday’s 106-98 defeat at Portland. The Pacers dropped their sixth straight road contest since late February, while extending their UNDER streak to seven games as Indiana’s offense has scored 100 points or less in each of its past four contests away from Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The Clippers (41-30 SU, 40-31 ATS) wrap up a six-game homestand after rallying past the Bulls and Nets in the last two wins. Los Angeles has failed to cash in the last three games, but the Clippers own a solid 7-1 record in March. The Clippers have dropped five straight meetings with the Pacers since 2016, including a 116-92 drubbing at Indiana last month.

Indiana enters tonight’s action at 9-3 SU/ATS with no rest, although the Pacers have played on a back-to-back on the road only once since the All-Star break by beating Washington, 119-112 on February 23.

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