NBA Best Bets Today (Predictions for Karl-Anthony Towns, Nets Cavs on Play-In Tuesday)

Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns.
Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns. / Cole Burston/GettyImages

It’s the best time of the year, as the NBA’s postseason is getting started with the play-in tournament on Tuesday night. 

I mentioned that I’d be betting every playoff game in some capacity, and that starts with tonight’s matchups with Cleveland Cavaliers facing the Brooklyn Nets and the Los Angeles Clippers taking on the Minnesota Timberwolves

I’ve got one spread pick and a player prop to consider, but if you’re into a parlay, check out my Peter’s Primetime Parlay for tonight’s action as well

Let’s get into today’s picks! 

All odds via WynnBET:

NBA Best Bets Record to Date

  • NBA Best Bets Record: 184-169-5 (-0.5615 units)

Find Peter Dewey’s full betting record in the NBA this season here.

NBA Best Bets Today

  • Cleveland Cavaliers +9.5 vs. Brooklyn Nets (-110)
  • Karl-Anthony Towns UNDER 42.5 Points, Rebounds, Assists (-125)

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets: Cavs +9.5 (-110)

Yes, the Nets beat the Cavaliers by 11 just four days ago, but this game has a whole lot more meaning with the No. 7 seed on the line. 

Let’s not forget that the Nets are a dreadful 5-26-1 against the spread as home favorites this season, and Brooklyn’s No. 20 defense certainly leaves something to be desired.

Jarrett Allen out of the lineup hurts, but the Cavs can space the floor and take advantage of Andre Dummond with Kevin Love, Lauri Markkanen and Evan Mobley. I think the Nets win this game, but Cleveland can cover a nearly double-digit spread. 

Karl-Anthony Towns UNDER 42.5 Points, Rebounds, Assists (-125)

Call me crazy, but this line seems way too high for Karl-Anthony Towns, who is averaging 24.6 points, 9.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game this season. 

KAT has gone over this number just once over his last 11 games. On top of that, he has struggled against the Los Angeles Clippers this season, averaging just 15.3 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game over three matchups. 

Towns may get a few more minutes with the No. 7 seed and a chance to avoid the Phoenix Suns on the line, but he’s not going to get to this number against a tough Clippers defense.