Today’s Best NBA Bets: Odds, lines & picks For Tuesday, Dec. 20

There are five games on Tuesday’s NBA slate, meaning bettors will have plenty of opportunities for action. Some of tonight’s most intriguing lines are in the Grizzlies-Nuggets, Bulls-Heat, and Warriors-Knicks games, and the betting experts from BetQL have sorted through all the odds to help you find the best wagers.

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Today’s Best NBA Bets: Odds, lines, & picks for Tuesday

By Kate Constable

Grizzlies at Nuggets Prediction

The Grizzlies (19-9 SU, 14-12-1 ATS, 13-14-1 O/U) and Nuggets (17-11 SU, 12-16 ATS, 13-15 O/U) meet Tuesday for the first time this season.

The Nuggets’ defense has been awful lately, especially their transition defense, which ranks bottom-five in the league. That’s not going to bode all that well against the Grizzlies, who average the third-most fast-break points this season and are going to try and run every chance they get. I expect Nikola Jokic to have a big game because when does he not ? But other than that, I’m not sure the Nuggets will have enough to win with the way they have been turning the ball over lately. Turnovers have been a huge problem for Denver all season, and Memphis is going to take advantage. Despite being on the road, this spot is more favorable for the Grizzlies, who will be coming into tonight’s game on two days of rest. The Nuggets are only 3-7 against the spread in their past 10 games, while the Grizzlies are 7-2-1 ATS.

PICK: Grizzlies -1.5

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Bulls at Heat Prediction

The Bulls (11-17 SU, 12-15-1 ATS, 12-16 O/U) continue their road trip on Tuesday against the Heat (15-15 SU, 10-18-2 ATS, 14-15-1 O /U).

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m going to back the Bulls tonight. Not only is this pick gross, but it’s also a little bit scary because of how bad Chicago has been lately. But, hey, things can only go up from here, right? Let’s hope! The Bulls are coming off what might be their worst defensive performance of the season. They gave up 150 points (in regulation!) to the Timberwolves and allowed Minnesota to completely embarrass them. I can’t imagine Billy Donovan was pleased with his team’s performance, which is why I think we see a much more physical; and focused Chicago team tonight. While the Heat have won their past four games, those wins have come against the Pacers, Thunder, Rockets, and Spurs, which isn’t exactly the most impressive resume. Miami is also the worst ATS team in the league, so if you’re giving me five points with a team that desperately needs a bounce-back performance, I’ll take it.

PICK: Bull’s +5

Warriors at Knicks Prediction

The red-hot Knicks (17-13 SU, 15-12-3 ATS, 12-17-1 O/U) face the Warriors (15-16 SU, 14-17 ATS, 18-12-1 O/U) for the second time this season, but for the first time at Madison Square Garden.

The Knicks have been the best team in the league over the past two weeks. They’re on a seven-game win streak in which they’ve won five of those games by double digits. While this streak is bound to end at some point, I don’t see it happening tonight against a depleted warriors team that’s been terrible on the road. If you know anything about Tom Thibodeau’s coaching style, it should come as little surprise that the Knicks are winning these games because of their defense. They’ve gone from having the sixth-worst defense in November to the league’s best defense this month. The Warriors’ offense has struggled on the road all season, and with the combination of not having Steph Curry in the lineup and the Knicks’ stingy defense, Golden State is going to have a hard time scoring tonight. Also, this is a revenge spot for New York after the Warriors beat them handily earlier this year.

PICK: Knicks -5

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