Best NBA playoff bets for Tuesday: Cavs, Clippers and Pacers highlight top picks for triple-header

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The 2024 NBA Playoffs have been action-packed and Tuesday night should provide plenty of fun for both fans and bettors. As the first round moves into the evening’s triple-header, plenty of moneyline, spread and over/under betting value can be found on BetMGM.  

Two opening-round series could be over by Wednesday morning, with the Knicks up 3-1 over the Sixers and the Pacers up 3-1 over the Bucks. The Magic and Cavaliers, meanwhile, will start fresh after Orlando clawed back to a 2-2 series tie.

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The spreads for all three of these games have been set at 3.5-4.5 points, so oddsmakers think there should be some close and entertaining contests.

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Here’s the best moneyline, spread, over/under and player prop bets on BetMGM for Tuesday’s NBA playoff action. 

Best NBA playoff bets and spreads tonight: Top ATS pick

Cavs -4.5 vs. Magic (-110)

Donovan Mitchell and the Cavaliers stomped the Magic in Games 1 and 2 of this series, outscoring Orlando 193-169. Then Jamahl Mosley’s squad made some Magic happen at home (excuse the pun), smashing the Cavs 121-83 and 112-89 in Games 3 and 4. Nothing like home cooking!

Cleveland has gone 24-10 as a home favorite since the start of the 2023-24 season and J.B. Bickerstaff’s squad went 19-14-2 against the spread following losses. The Magic, meanwhile, have gone just 9-21 straight up as an away underdog this season. 

Expect Bickerstaff to have the Cavs well-prepared to bounce back on Tuesday and look for the Magic to once again struggle to shoot well on the road. 

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FINAL SCORE PREDICTION: Cavaliers 107, Magic 98 — Cleveland wins (-190) and covers the spread (-4.5) while the score finishes well OVER the total (200.5).

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Best NBA playoff bets tonight: Top moneyline pick

Clippers (+115) vs. Mavericks

Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving took their biggest swings on the Clippers on Sunday, but the Mavericks still fell short against James Harden, Paul George and the Clippers. Now L.A. has a prime opportunity to take a 3-2 lead at home.

Clips coach Ty Lue has asked one-time MVP Harden to be a scorer in Kawhi Leonard’s absence, and the Beard has responded. PG13 also reminded the nation in Game 4 that he’s one of the smoothest clutch assassins in the game.

If those superstars continue to perform at their best — and Lue gets even a little from “the others” around them — Los Angeles should take care of business in Game 5 and go on to win this series. Dallas has too little help outside KI and Luka, and too little perimeter defense to make the clutch stops.

FINAL SCORE PREDICTION: Clippers 108, Mavericks 104 — Los Angeles wins straight up (+115), with the score finishing OVER the total (209.5). 

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Best NBA playoff bets tonight: Top over/under pick

Pacers OVER 108.5 at Bucks (-140)

Tyrese Haliburton and the predatory Pacers smell blood in the water. Rick Carlisle should have his squad ready to seize the massive opportunity in this closeout game, with Damian Lillard and Giannis Antetokounmpo banged up at best, sidelined once again at worst. 

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What’s not to love about this team OVER? Even if Indy falls short and Milwaukee extends the series, you still have a great chance of surpassing this number.

The Pacers averaged 128.8 points per game while going 4-1 against the Bucks this regular season, and they have dropped 124 PPG on Doc Rivers’ squad over the past three playoff games. Expect the trend to continue, as the Deer continue to fear Haliburton and company’s blistering Indy 500-like pace.

FINAL SCORE PREDICTION: Pacers 118, Bucks 115 — Indiana wins (-165) but Milwaukee covers the spread (+3.5), and the game finishes well OVER the total (216.5). 

Best NBA playoff bets tonight: Top player prop pick

Tyrese Haliburton first player to record an assist (+200

These props rarely yield much value, but it’s tough to ignore this one. Haliburton has set the offensive tone and controlled the rhythm in each of the past three games, and every Pacer around him has enjoyed a confidence boost because of it.

Hali always seems to make the right play, and his three-point shot has returned to the early-season form that landed him in the MVP conversation for a short period of time. And with Myles Turner shooting as well as he ever has from deep, the Pacers have been able to space the floor to perfection.

If Milwaukee tries to blitz the star point guard, the dimes will follow early and often.

NBA playoff bets and spreads tonight: Full odds board

All odds courtesy of BetMGM, an authorized gaming operator of the NBA.

Game Time Moneyline Spread O/U
76ers @
7:00 NY -175;
PHI +145
NY -3.5
Magic @
8:00 CLE -190;
ORL +155
CLE -4.5
Pacers @
10:00 IND -165;
MIL +135
IND -3.5
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(Sporting News Illustrations)


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