A trio of New Jersey area teams plays Tuesday night with the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, and New Jersey Devils are all in action, making it a great night for New Jersey sports betting.
The New Jersey Devils return from a three-game road trip and are short favorites when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs in the rubber game of their three-game season series.
The New York Knicks are the hottest team in the NBA and bring a nine-game winning streak to the table when they welcome the Charlotte Hornets.
The Brooklyn Nets have won two straight and travel to Houston for a non-conference matchup with the Houston Rockets.
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Toronto Maple Leafs vs. New Jersey Devils 7:00 pm
Two of the Eastern Conferences best square off Tuesday when the Toronto Maple Leafs meet the New Jersey Devils for the rubber game of their three-game season series. The Leafs are a +115 underdog with a 6.5 goal total when the two rivals square off at Prudential Center.
Tuesday should provide a playoff type of atmosphere as only four points separates the Leafs from the Devils on the Eastern Conference table. New Jersey can tie Carolina for the Metropolitan Division lead with a victory, and I suspect that is what will happen Tuesday.
The Devils are coming off a successful three-game road trip and return home to a building they are 18-11-2 at this season. New Jersey has won four of its last five, and newly acquired forward Timo Meier scored his 1st goal in Sunday’s OT victory over the Arizona Coyotes.
Toronto is wrapping up a five-game road stretch where they’ve gone 2-2 thus far, but the Leafs are 15-11-4 as the away team and are 4-6 over their previous 10 away games. Austin Matthews and Luke Schenn are both day to day for a Toronto side with a -1 goal differential during the first four games of this road trip.
New Jersey goaltender Vitek Vanecek has been outstanding this season, and we’ll back the Devils Tuesday on the strength of his play at home (11-5-1, 2.42) and the way New Jersey is playing. The Devils have scored 26 goals over their last five–Toronto expects Ilya Samsonov to start between the pipes, and he’s 5-6-1 in his 12 away starts this season and has allowed 15 goals over his past five road games.
Phil’s Best Bet: New Jersey Devils -118
Charlotte Hornets vs. New York Knicks 7:30 pm
The Knicks are -9.5 favorites with a 229.5 total when the two Eastern Conference rivals square off at Madison Square Garden.
New York is on fire and should cover the -9.5, but we’re more interested in playing Knicks Under 229.5 on Tuesday.
The Hornets are reeling—PG LaMelo Ball is out for the remainder of the season with a broken ankle suffered in the Hornets on February 27, and as a result, Charlotte hasn’t scored more than 107 in any of their last three.
New York is allowing 111 points per game during its nine-game winning streak and has averaged 124 points. Julius Randle has raised his level of play and has averaged just shy of 31 points per game over his previous nine.
Both sides have been getting stops, and the slower-playing Knicks should dictate the pace of play, which as a result, should produce a low-scoring game. Charlotte is having difficulties scoring without Ball in the lineup, and New York and Randle are playing over their collective heads on offense. I look forward to a New York victory ending Under 229.5 points.
Phil’s Best Bet: New York Knicks Under 229.5
Brooklyn Nets vs. Houston Rockets 8:00 pm
Brooklyn is -7.5 away favorites with a 229.5 point total when the teams meet for the 1st-time this season.
Brooklyn should win this game, but the best bet for Tuesday’s tilt is Brooklyn Over 229.5 points.
The Nets are figuring out life without Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving on the team and enter Tuesday looking to extend a two-game winning streak. Mikal Bridges is averaging 26 points and 5.9 caroms, and Cameron Johnson averages 18.2 points per game since being acquired for Durant–Brooklyn is scoring 108 points per night.
Houston is also riding a two-game winning streak but is 9-22 at Toyota Center this season. Jalen Green leads the team in scoring and has lit it up for 31 in Sunday’s home victory over the San Antonio Spurs. Kevin Porter has been steady when he’s in the lineup, and center Alperen Sangun leads the team in rebounds and assists.
Neither side is considered a good defensive team. Brooklyn looks good on paper, but the Nets have allowed nearly four points more post-trade-deadline than its season average. Conversely, the Rockets have allowed the 23rd most points since the deadline but are just under its 118-season average. Look for the two teams to have fun, score many points, and go Over 229.5 points.
Phil’s Best Bet: Brooklyn Nets Over 229.5