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Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal is going to need some help to get the win Tuesday Photo Credit: Russell Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

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Knicks vs Wizards predictions

DateTuesday, March 10
Time7:10 p.m. ET
How to watch Knicks vs WizardsMSG Network, NBA League Pass
Knicks vs Wizards NBA odds – point spread Wizards -4.5
Knicks vs Wizards NBA odds – total points228.5 over/under

A pair of clubs that are heading for the NBA Draft Lottery in May, the New York Knicks and Washington Wizards are experiencing lost seasons, but that doesn’t mean we can’t capitalize on this matchup.

The Wizards have won both road matchups in this season series while the Knicks took care of business in Washington on Dec. 28 by a score of 107-100.

The Knicks’ assignment Tuesday night will be slowing down shooting guard Bradley Beal, who is averaging 36.2 points on 46.1 percent shooting from the floor  and 5.5 assists over his last 10 games.

Beal’s MVP-level performance lately has not resulted in winning basketball as Washington has only won three of their last 10 contests.

I would consider taking Beal over 31.5 points in the game if participating in any NBA prop bets. Beal had exactly 30 in each game he’s played against the Knicks this season. Beal is red-hot and I think that will continue against a Knicks team that has struggled to protect the 3-point line this season.

Defensively, the Wizards have been the worst team in basketball this season, allowing 119.7 points per game, the most in the NBA.

That’s going to be a boost for the Knicks, who have gotten good production out of starting point guard Elfrid Payton lately.

Payton is averaging 18 points, 7 rebounds and 7.7 assists while shooting 61.1 percent over his last three games. Payton has also helped get center Mitchell Robinson going and the two have been lethal with teams unable to stop them from ally-oops around the basket recently.

I expect this to be a high-scoring game with neither side able to really stop the other from scoring.

Neither of these teams is significantly better than the other, nor have the Knicks been better or worse on the road (22 losses both at home and on the road).

Let’s go with the Knicks (+4.5) with the points with our NBA best bets Tuesday night.

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Knicks vs Wizards predictions: Knicks (+4.5), over 228.5 total points

Timberwolves vs Rockets predictions

DateTuesday, March 10
Time8:10 p.m. ET
How to watch Timberwolves vs RocketsNBA League Pass
Timberwolves vs Rockets NBA odds – point spread Rockets -12.5
Timberwolves vs Rockets NBA odds – total points247.5 over/under

We may have given the microball Houston Rockets too much credit too early as the Rockets have now lost four straight games.

In those four games, the Rockets are getting torched defensively, allowing 119.8 points per game. The competition hasn’t been great in those games either, losing to the Knicks, Charlotte Hornets and Orlando Magic in that span.

The Minnesota Timberwolves may be the most disappointing team in the NBA this year, With the third worst record in basketball (19-44) and star big man Karl-Anthony Towns injured nearly half the season.

Even without Towns, this Timberwolves team can still score. Over their last 14 games, Minnesota has averaged 119.7 points per game.

I question whether the Rockets, who have had so much trouble defensively lately in their microball form, are going to be able to get the stops they’ll need to make this a blowout win.

Houston is the better team, but I am taking Minnesota with the points (+12.5) in our NBA best bets.  

While both teams can light it up offensively and don’t bring much to the table on the other side of the ball, the total points spread of 247.5 seems insane. For example, over their last 15 games, the Rockets have been under 247.5 total points in 12 of them.

Timberwolves vs Rockets predictions: Timberwolves (+12.5), under 247.5 total points  

Nets vs Lakers predictions

DateTuesday, March 10
Time10:40 p.m. ET
How to watch Nets vs LakersNBA League Pass
Nets vs Lakers NBA odds – point spread Lakers -11
Nets vs Lakers NBA odds – total points224 over/under

The Los Angeles Lakers beat arguably their two biggest threats for an NBA championship over the weekend, defeating the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday and then the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.

Now that the Lakers are feeling good about things with a huge lead for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, might they be in store for a letdown as the struggling Brooklyn Nets come to town?

It’s always hard to judge how a team will perform after they fire their head coach. Kenny Atkinson was shockingly let go over the weekend and the Nets won their first game against a bad Chicago Bulls team under interim head coach Jacque Vaughn.

The Nets have lost five of eight and in that span have losses to the lowly Wizards and Atlanta Hawks.

The Nets also lost 128-113 when the Lakers came to visit in Brooklyn on Jan. 23.

For our NBA best bets, I’m going with the Lakers here as the Nets are just 11-20 on the road and I question if they can find enough offense to get past the mighty Lakers defense.

The Lakers are allowing just 107 points per game, only the Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics are better this season.

There was concern that LeBron James wouldn’t play in Tuesday’s matchup, but he has said he plans to play. Expect James to give it 100 percent, especially now that he is fully entrenched in the MVP race.

Nets vs Lakers predictions: Lakers (-11), under 224 total points

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