NBA Staff Picks For Tuesday, Jan. 4

Find out which bets we’re targeting for today's NBA slate

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Dan Karpuc: LeBron James Over 48.5 P+R+A

This is undeniably a high number, but LeBron is averaging 32.0 points, 9.6 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game over his last 10 contests (47.4 P+R+A) and will face the lowly Kings tonight. Sacramento ranks 24th in Defensive Rating over their last 10 games and have allowed a whopping 53.2 points in the paint over that span (fifth worst). Since James has been playing center, he has even more of a chance to rack up rebounds in this matchup and BetQL projects him easily getting over this number.

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Brad Pinkerton: Spurs-Raptors O222.5

The Raptors (20-13 O/U) have hit seven straight overs, including five straight overs at home. The Spurs (19-14 O/U) also trend toward the over, and even though they are just 6-11-1 on the road this season, they have hit the over in four of their last six road games. This total has been ticking up Tuesday morning, so wait to see if you can get something closer to the open around 222.5.  

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Nick Ashooh: Grizzlies +3 at Cavs

The Cavs for a good portion of the season have been the best team against the spread, but not so much right now. The Cavs have failed to cover in five of their last six, while the Grizzlies have coved in four of their last five. Memphis won by 11 the last time these two played, and at least for the short term, this Cavs team has to adjust to the loss of Ricky Rubio, who will be missed on the offensive side more than people realize.

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Lucy Burdge: Knicks ML -125

The Pacers (14-23) are just 3-14 on the road this season and have lost five straight road games and eight of their last nine. Meanwhile, the Knicks are 14-9 SU as the favorite, and Tom Thibodeau is 14-9 revenging a loss against an opponent of 10 points or more while coaching New York. I see the Knicks winning this Madison Square Garden showdown.  

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