The Boston Celtics and Miami Heat will play with heavy hearts Tuesday following Kobe Bryant's tragic death Sunday.
Whether Jayson Tatum is on the court remains to be seen, however.
The Celtics forward initially was listed as doubtful with a groin injury but made "good progress" in his latest workout and is a game-time decision for Tuesday's game in Miami, per the team.
The C's certainly could use Tatum: The Heat are tied with the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers for the NBA's best home record at 21-2 and are 1.5 games ahead Boston in the Eastern Conference standings.
Can the Celtics pull off the road upset after falling to the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday? Here are our Celtics-Heat betting predictions, along with two NBA locks against the spread.
(All odds provided by WestGate Superbook.)
Boston Celtics at Miami Heat, 8 p.m. ET
Moneyline: Miami is outscoring opponents by an average of 10.5 points at home. I think the Celtics will come to play Tuesday night, but I'll still take the Heat (-120) in a close one.
Point Spread: Daniel Theis and Vincent Poirier will have their hands full with Heat big man Bam Adebayo in Enes Kanter's absence. The C's are also 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games against Miami. The Heat (-1) is the smart play.
Point Total: Miami plays at the third-slowest pace in the NBA and is allowing just 105 points per game at home this season. Considering the 219.5 point total, I'm taking the UNDER, which has hit in four of Boston's past five road games.
Darren's record picking the Celtics' moneyline, point spread and point total: 63-35-1 (63.6% success rate)
NBA Locks of the Night
Golden State Warriors at Philadelphia 76ers (-12): See above. The Sixers have lost just two home games all year, and Golden State has failed to cover in eight of its last nine games against Philly.
Washington Wizards at Milwaukee Bucks (-11): No need to get cute here. The Bucks are outscoring opponents by an average of 13.9 points at home this season, and there's a good chance the lowly Wizards increase that average.
Darren's record picking NBA locks against the spread: 33-32-1 (50% success rate)
Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Heat, which begins Tuesday at 7 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live. You can also stream it on the MyTeams App.