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NBA Daily Tip Sheet - Tuesday's Triple Threat

There's many ways to bet on the NBA, and some of the most popular ones include taking a side, a full-game total, or a player prop. So, this is what we like to call our Daily Triple Threat. Our three best bets in the aforementioned categories for NBA matchups on Tuesday, January 3. Best of luck!

NBA Best Bets for Tuesday, January 3

  • Celtics-Thunder Over 233.5 (-110)
  • Kristaps Porzingis (WAS) Over 8.5 Rebounds (-125)
  • Sacramento Kings +3 (-110) @ UTA

Celtics-Thunder Over 233.5 (-110)

The Celtics had a rough night in their latest trip out against Denver, as Boston shot just 46% from the field and 27% from downtown in a double-digit road loss to the Nuggets on New Year’s Day.

However, prior to that performance, the Celtics had won four straight games, and they scored 116+ points in all four of those contests.

The Thunder, on the other hand, currently rank 11th in the league in points scored and 25th in points allowed with averages of roughly 115 PPG at both ends of the floor. And they’ve held steady on those numbers, having both scored and allowed 113+ points in five of their last seven games.

So, I’ll take the over here, as the Celtics will likely return to their high-scoring ways against a Thunder squad that ranks Top 5 in the league in pace.

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Kristaps Porzingis (WAS) Over 8.5 Rebounds (-125)

In the meeting between these teams on New Year’s Day, the Bucks waved the white flag early and both squads got to rest their starters in the second half, as the Wizards ran away with a 118-95 road victory a few days ago.

And due to the circumstances, Kristaps Porzingis finished with just five rebounds in that contest. But prior to that, he’d been an absolute monster on the glass, considering Porzingis entered his previous affair having secured 9+ rebounds in 10 of his last 14 outings, with six of those performances ringing in at 11+ boards.

So, I’ll back Kristaps to bounce back in the rebounding department in Tuesday’s rematch against a Bucks squad that currently ranks Top 10 in the league in field goals attempted per game (89.7 FGA).

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Sacramento Kings +3 (-110) @ UTA

Utah stormed out to a stunning 10-3 start to the season, as the Jazz opened the year with one of the lowest win totals on the board, previously stationed around OU 24.5 at most shops, which they nearly sliced in half just three weeks into their campaign.

However, that magic quickly wore off, considering the Jazz have now lost 17 of their last 26 games, already causing them to fall south of the .500 mark, and down to 10th in the Western Conference standings with a record of 19-20 on the season.

Utah has continued to flourish at the offensive end, highlighted by the Jazz ranking Top 5 in the league in both scoring and offensive rating (117 PPG, 116.3 ORtg). But, following the departure of Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, this squad simply doesn’t play any defense, and it’s caught up with them as of late.

In years past, Utah was always anchored by solid defensive play. However, this season, the Jazz rank 27th in the league in defensive rating and 23rd in points allowed. And it’s no coincidence that they’ve given up 122+ points in five of their last eight games, and they lost six of those affairs.

While on the other hand, Sacramento certainly isn’t the cream of the crop in the West, but this is a young, talented team that’s looked really good from time-to-time, and they’ve been trending up as of late. 

The Kings are now 16-10 in their last 26 games, and they lost a handful of highly unfavorable matchups to the Celtics, Suns, Bucks, Sixers, Grizzlies, and Nuggets during that stretch. So, I’ll give them a pass for a few of those occasions.

In the meeting between these teams a few days ago, the Kings escaped with a 126-125 home victory, despite the Jazz shooting 55% from the floor in the contest. And I expect them to have an equal or lesser offensive performance tonight in Salt Lake City.

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