The Most Important Matchups and Best Bets for Monday’s NBA Slate
There’s plenty of action lined up in the NBA on Monday with ten games on the card. Before highlighting some of the key matchups, we’ll recap what stood out in yesterday’s action around the league.
The Celtics brought the Cavaliers back down to earth with a humbling 141-103 win at home. Cleveland came into the game on a three-game winning streak, including back-to-back double-digit wins against the Brooklyn Nets.
In Indiana, the Raptors won outright as 4.5-point road underdogs against the Pacers, and the Thunder was another road underdog that made their backers happy as they covered the 13-point spread against the Clippers.
Away teams are now 127-109-1 (53.8%) on the season, and they’ve been even better in the underdog role as they’re now 80-61-1 (56.7%) in this situational spot.
Let’s take a look to see if we’ll have any live dogs in tonight’s key matchups.
The Lakers have won seven of their last eight games, and they’re tied for the best record in the league at 13-4. Lebron and company will take on a Cavaliers team that suffered a humbling 141-103 home loss to the Boston Celtics. Tonight’s game will be the third in four nights for Cleveland, while Los Angeles comes into the game with one day’s rest. Cleveland is 2-1 against the spread (ATS) this season, while the Lakers are 7-3 ATS on one day’s rest. It’ll be interesting to see if the weary Cavaliers have enough strength to muster up a good performance against the defending champions after last night’s blowout loss. The market seems to think so as early bettors are siding with the home team as a 10.5-point underdog.
The Nets look to make it two consecutive wins against the Heat after defeating them 128-124 on Saturday. Brooklyn isn’t exactly firing on all cylinders after acquiring James Harden to form their own version of the Big Three with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. One thing you can expect in a Nets game is a ton of points: Brooklyn is 13-5 to the over this season, and they’re currently on a 12-0 run to the over. Brooklyn leads the league in scoring with 120.3 points per game, but they’re 26th in defensive efficiency (1.092). This game’s total is currently at 234.5, and I don’t see where the stops are coming from in this matchup. I would continue to ride this trend over the total until proven otherwise.
Notable Line Moves
- Nuggets +1.5 to -1.5
- Bulls +6 to +4
- Thunder-Trail Blazers 222 to 224.5
- Timberwolves-Warriors 225 to 227.5
- Lakers-Cavaliers 215 to 213
- Nuggets-Mavericks 221 to 223
Best Bets from the SportsGrid Betting Model
The SportsGrid betting model is keying in on a few games tonight. Read more about the model’s angle on the following games below: