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Washington Wizards (-4)
vs. Detroit Pistons
This feels like the perfect opportunity for the underdog to make
this one closer than expected throughout. Washington is without
Bradley Beal, plus Kristaps Porzingis isn’t making his debut just
yet. No. 1 overall pick Cade Cunningham has been such fun to watch
this season, and he’s why I believe the Pistons cover the 4-point
Pick: Pistons +4
PrizePicks Power Play: Cade Cunningham over 15.5 points,
Saddiq Bey over 16.5 points, Kyle Kuzma over 21.5 points, Thomas
Bryant over 5.5 rebounds
New York Knicks (-10) vs.
Oklahoma City Thunder
All season long on "Nothing But Bets," we’ve been tailing the
Thunder as double-digit underdogs. More often than not, it’s been a
very sound strategy to deploy. It’s time to hammer the Thunder
against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, mainly in large part
to New York’s inconsistencies. Josh Giddey and the young Thunder
keep cashing for the plus bettors.
Pick: Thunder +10
PrizePicks Power Play: Julius Randle over 23.5 points,
Darius Bazley over 14.5 points, Josh Giddey over 6.5 assists, Evan
Fournier over 2.5 rebounds
Brooklyn Nets vs.
Sacramento Kings (-2.5)
Sacramento has found their winning ways recently, thanks in
large part to the blockbuster trade for Domantas Sabonis. The
results between Sabonis and De’Aaron Fox have been fantastic thus
far. In Brooklyn against a Nets team without Kyrie Irving and Kevin
Durant, we’re betting on the Kings to keep stacking up
Pick: Kings -2.5
PrizePicks Power Play: De’Aaron Fox over 22.5 points,
Domantas Sabonis over 11.5 rebounds, Patty Mills over 14.5 points,
Seth Curry over 14.5 points
Milwaukee Bucks (-11.5)
vs. Portland Trail Blazers
Portland looks completely different after this year’s trade
deadline. Heading on the road to play the defending champions is a
bad outcome waiting to happen. Milwaukee easily handles business
against the newly tanking Trail Blazers.
Pick: Bucks -11.5
PrizePicks Power Play: Khris Middleton over 23.5 points,
Anfernee Simons over 21.5 points, Jusuf Nurkic over 11.5 rebounds,
Jrue Holiday over 8.5 assists
Chicago Bulls (-3.5) vs.
San Antonio Spurs
The DeMar DeRozan revenge game, and we’re happy to take
advantage of the low spread across the board. Chicago has been
outstanding this season as favorites, plus DeRozan’s scoring will
be too much for his former team. We feel confident locking in
Chicago because of DeRozan and Nikola Vucevic.
PrizePicks Power Play: DeMar DeRozan over 31.5 points,
Dejounte Murray over 22.5 points, Nikola Vucevic over 13 rebounds,
Jakob Poetl over 8 rebounds
New Orleans Pelicans vs.
Toronto Raptors (-3.5)
Toronto continues to be one of the best stories in the NBA this
season. Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet have been arguably playing
at near-All-NBA levels, plus their young core continues to take
significant strides forward. The Pelicans have been more
consistently lately, but it’s hard to envision a scenario where
they stop the Raptors’ momentum.
Pick: Raptors -3.5
PrizePicks Power Play: Brandon Ingram over 21.5 points,
Pascal Siakam over 21.5 points, Fred VanVleet over 19.5 points, CJ
McCollum over 19.5 points
Utah Jazz (-15) vs.
A huge spread for this game, but it’s definitely worthy of the
large line. Utah on all accounts hold significant advantages across
the board compared to Houston. Donovan Mitchell will easily be able
to have his way with the Rockets, so this feels like one of the
best bets of the night for Monday’s slate.
Pick: Jazz -15
PrizePicks Power Play: Donovan Mitchell over 24.5
points, Kevin Porter Jr. over 14.5 points, Jae’Sean Tate over 11.5
points, Bojan Bogdanovic over 2.5 threes
Denver Nuggets (-11.5)
vs. Orlando Magic
Nikola Jokic is playing at an outrageously high level right now,
even better than last season’s jaw-dropping MVP campaign. Jokic is
carrying a Nuggets team without Jamal Murray and Michael Porter
Jr., further solidifiing his status among the NBA’s elite. Denver
could be a sleeper team in the playoffs, especially once Murray
returns. Against the Magic, I believe Jokic and the Nuggets easily
cover the 11.5-point spread.
Pick: Nuggets -11.5
PrizePicks Power Play: Nikola Jokic over 24.5 points,
Will Barton over 15.5 points, Jalen Suggs over 13.5 points, Mo
Bamba over 6.5 rebounds
Los Angeles Clippers vs.
Golden State Warriors (-6)
It’s never a wise strategy to bet against Stephen Curry and the
Warriors. On Monday, it’s no different when they play against the
Clippers in Los Angeles. Not only are the Clippers without Kawhi
Leonard and Paul George (potentially for the rest of the season), one
of their new additions in Norman Powell is already dealing with an
injury as well. Wagering on the Warriors here feels like the best
Pick: Warriors -6
PrizePicks Power Play: Stephen Curry over 22.5 points,
Reggie Jackson over 18.5 points, Klay Thompson over 18.5 points,
Ivica Zubac over 7.5 rebounds
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