NBA Handicappers Free Picks Pacers vs. Clippers, Thunder vs. Jazz, Suns vs. Heat

Senior Handicapper Matt Rivers of has a free pick on Tuesday is on the Indiana Pacers (-3.5) to LA Clippers.

Reasoning: Indiana has been a very good team this season and at home this price feels a little cheap to me.

In terms of talent Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and the Clippers may be the overall superior squad but tonight’s visitors have not been very good of late and traveling sort of across the country like this is never easy. 

Los Angeles has failed to cover in five of their last six games and just squeaked out that 87-83 overtime victory over the Pistons at home. Tonight the visitors are playing for the seventh time in the last 10 days and aren’t exactly in familiar territory here in Indiana.

Meanwhile the Pacers slipped to 25-18 after the home and home defeats against the Knicks so there’s no way that I would say Indiana is razor sharp themselves right now. But Indiana has been off the last two nights making me believe they will be the fresher squad on the court and in the end I’ll take my chances on Granger, Collison, Hibbert, West and the Pacers at home in what appears to be a small number.

The pick: Indiana

Now from among the elite sports handicappers Bill Tanner. Phoenix Suns @ Miami Heat

The Phoenix Suns out of the Western Conference will visit South Beach and take on the Miami Heat on Tuesday night. Phoenix comes into the game as the 8th seed in the Western Conference, while the Heat are second in the East. Phoenix has won four in a row, while the Heat have grabbed two in a row.

The Miami Heat are looking to get back to the NBA Finals after falling short last season. LeBron James is the leading scorer for the Heat with 27.4 points, along with 8.5 rebounds and 6.6 assists. The Heat beat the Magic on Sunday using 31 points from Dwyane Wade.

The Phoenix Suns are looking to make things interesting in the final 20 games of the season. The Suns leading scorer Marcin Gortat is scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds per game. In the Suns latest win, Michael Redd scored a season high 25 points. The Suns are fifth in the league in assists, with nearly 23 per game.

The Miami Heat have won 19 of their 21 home games this season. That is one of the best home records in the league. Phoenix has struggled a bit on the road, winning just 8 of 20 games. Miami is 22-22 against the spread, and the Suns are 22-22. We like Miami by a bunch in this game.

Tanners Tip: Miami Heat -10.5

Finally to the Duke, Victor Duke. Oklahoma City (-3) for 2.5 Units **’

Oklahoma City/Utah 9:05: Utah had their chance to win a game in this series back on February 10th when they had the Thunder at their high altitude arena unrested and playing in its 5th game in 6 days. It resulted in a 101-87 Jazz loss. The Thunder have covered five straight in Utah and I don’t see an edge favoring Utah tonight.

The Jazz go into this game with Al Jefferson (19 ppg / 9 rpg) still questionable (family death) and limited depth with Bell and Watson on the mend. The Jazz are coming off a big win Sunday over the Lakers in Los Angeles. We’re going to look for them to fall flat here. Sure, Okla City has been choppy in their play recently, alternating wins and losses; however, they’re aware of San Antonio on their heels in the the standings and capturing home court throughout playoffs is a goal of theirs. And surely the Jazz win at Los Angeles got their attention.

Oklahoma City is a sweet 37-16-1 ATS as a road favorite in this spread range and should deliver. Utah is just 2-9 ATS at home against a team with a winning road record, including 1-6 ATS at home when the opponent’s road record exceeds .600. Durant and Westbrook will be too much for the Jazz again.

Top expert pick on today’s card: Last night Wyoming and Washington State stay under by 18 points as the POD makes it 5-2 the last seven. Baseball winning is close by, but now it’s an NBA bet that screams loudly. Get the NBA side winner tonight on the Key Play of the Day at



About the Author

Grandmaster Sports Handicapper Joe Duffy got his start in the sports handicapping industry with the Dial Sports (Communications Team) audiotext network. It was owned by sportswriter, broadcaster and handicapping pioneer Mickey Charles. Dial Sports was the sister company of the popular Sports Network Wire Service. Upon graduating California University of PA, where he was a play-by-play announcer on student radio station WVCS (now WCAL) and cable channel 29 (now CUTV), he became a full-time sports announcer and handicapper for the Sportsline scorephone network. He learned from NFL legends coach Hank Stram and broadcasting icon Ray Scott the ins and outs of the sports betting world. His Amazing Cadillac Club became the most successful 900-number in sports betting history. He left to become the first General Manager of the Freescoreboard scorephone network broadcast all over North America. His articles have appeared on several dozen websites and hard copy publications. He is now CEO of, the top sports betting site in the world. Email:

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