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Best Bets: BasketballNews' NBA Picks and Fantasy Advice for 2/14/22

Best Bets: BasketballNews' NBA Picks and Fantasy Advice for 2/14/22

Every day, BasketballNews.com gives you NBA betting analysis before tip-off. Make sure you subscribe to our daily podcast "Nothing But Bets" on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. This season, "Nothing But Bets" is 55% against the spread, plus we're up hundreds of dollars on PrizePicks.

For this fun Monday slate, which picks and trends are the best to wager on? Let’s break it all down as you lock in bets and lineup cards:

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 spread.

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 victories.

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

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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.

Pick: -3.5

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. Houston Rockets

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 move.

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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