Kevin Durant (Achilles) is set to make his regular season debut on Tuesday night when the Brooklyn Nets take on Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors at 7 p.m. ET. Durant, who won two NBA championships with the Warriors, averaged 26.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game in his last full season. Later on Tuesday evening at 10 p.m. ET, the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers host the Los Angeles Clippers in a star-studded showdown that will feature the likes of LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis and Paul George.
The Lakers are favored by three-points according to the latest NBA odds from William Hill Sportsbook, while the Warriors are seven-point underdogs on the road against Brooklyn. The Nets are 2-8 in their last 10 games against Golden State, while the Clippers are 7-0 against the spread in their last seven road games against the Lakers. Before you make any 2020 NBA Opening Night picks or parlays, you need to see what SportsLine's advanced computer model has to say.
The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times, and it returned over $5,000 in profit on its top-rated NBA picks last season.
The model is up nearly $8,100 over the past two seasons. Last year, it went a stunning 61-33 on top-rated picks against the spread, returning almost $2,500 on those selections alone. Anybody who has followed it has seen huge returns.
Now, it has set its sights on Tuesday's NBA doubleheader and revealed its best bets. If you parlay its picks, you could be looking at a 10-1 payout. You can only see them here.
Top NBA Opening Night picks
One part of the four-way parlay we'll give away: The model is backing the under (223.5) in Lakers vs. Clippers. The total has gone under in five of the last six meetings between these two teams.
Both teams featured strong perimeter defenses last season. In fact, the Clippers allowed their opponents to knock just 34.5 percent of their 3-point attempts, which ranked fifth in the NBA. The Lakers, meanwhile, ranked seventh in the league, allowing opponents to score just 34.9 percent of their shots from behind the arc.
The Lakers were also one of the best defensive rebounding teams in the league, averaging 32.9 per game. Los Angeles' defensive rebounding ability should continue in 2020-21 with the additions of Montrezl Harrell and Marc Gasol in the offseason. SportsLine's model says both teams will be held under their scoring averages from last season, resulting in the under hitting in more than 50 percent of simulations.
How to make NBA Opening Night parlays
The model also has identified three other extremely strong picks that need to be in your NBA parlays, including an underdog that has plenty of value, making this team a must-back. You can only see the model's best bets here.
What are the top NBA picks for Tuesday? And which side of Warriors vs. Nets and Clippers vs. Lakers do you need to jump on? Visit SportsLine now to see the NBA best bets for Tuesday, all from the model that has returned nearly $8,100 on its top-rated picks over the past two seasons, and find out.