Kicking off the written predictions regarding our daily NBA betting podcast, “Nothing But Bets,” we went 4-2 during Sunday’s slate. Over a 65% hit rate is a great start, so let’s see if we can keep the upward trajectory rolling here for an even bigger batch of games on Monday.
As a reminder, you can always find “Nothing But Bets” on any streaming platform each morning on the BasketballNews.com Podcast Network. Without further ado, it’s time to forecast what happens on Monday night with daily odds via DraftKings:
Indiana Pacers vs. Milwaukee Bucks (-2)
This is going to be a very entertaining game. Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks travel to Indiana to face a Pacers team who has been competitive in every game thus far. I’m rolling with the Bucks here to win and cover the small 2-point spread thanks in large part to Giannis. However, don’t be surprised if this one is close throughout. For those who listen to “Nothing But Bets,” you already know about the Sidery-Same-Game Parlays. It’s something that really helps boost your winnings compared to just straight-up bets. In this one, we’re riding with Milwaukee to cover at -110 odds, but here’s a fun SGP to throw in as well boosting it up to +200: Bucks spread, Domantas Sabonis 15+ points, Giannis 25+ points. That feels like a winner right there.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Boston Celtics (-1)
Another game I’m going to be glued to my seat watching throughout. What a matchup here between Charlotte and Boston, one in which I was waffling back-and-forth on all morning. The Hornets are 3-0 with such a fun brand of basketball, while the Celtics are still finding their footing. On the second night of a back-to-back for both teams, I’m going to go out on a limb and ride the wave with Charlotte. LaMelo Ball, Miles Bridges and the Hornets have me staring at the TV whenever they’re on. Tonight will be no different, as I’m taking the Hornets outright on the moneyline at -105. Here’s an enticing same-game parlay to throw in as well for even more excitement: Hornets ML, LaMelo Ball 20+ points, Jayson Tatum 20+ points at +400 odds.
Toronto Raptors vs. Chicago Bulls (-1.5)
The Bulls are clicking on all cylinders right now. Not only is the offense fun to watch, but the defense has been even more impressive. Adding Lonzo Ball to the mix in the Windy City has really helped stabilize a better team effort on that end. Heading into Toronto, though, I really could see this game go either way. However, I’m staying on the hot start with Chicago covering the 1.5-point spread. If this keeps up for the Bulls, they are quickly going to climb into the ranks of legit playoff team within the reshuffled Eastern Conference. As always, another SGP to keep things interesting: Bulls spread, Lonzo Ball 13+ points, OG Anunoby 14+ points, Zach LaVine 20+ points at +425 odds.
Atlanta Hawks (-11.5) vs. Detroit Pistons
This one is going to be a blowout, folks. I’d be stunned if the Cade Cunningham-less Pistons keep this close. However, the 11.5-point spread is just too much for my liking here. I’m taking the Hawks moneyline at -675 on DraftKings. And for those who want to double their money at +110, Trae Young can do that for you if he accomplishes all of the following on top of a Hawks win: 20+ points, 7+ assists, 2+ three-pointers. That seems very feasible for Young, and one that could quickly boost your winnings up for an expected blowout tonight in Atlanta.
Brooklyn Nets (-6.5) vs. Washington Wizards
Brooklyn has continuously burned me so far in best bets. However, I just can’t stay away from this team due to a slow start. Looking to avenge an embarrassing home loss to Charlotte on Sunday, the Nets should be able to notch a win against Washington. If not, it might be time to stay away from Nets-related bets for awhile. With how the Nets have played recently, even 6.5 points is too much for me. I will simply roll with Brooklyn outright with the moneyline currently at -260. If you feel comfortable enough rolling with an SGP, betting on Kevin Durant and James Harden to score 20+ points is always a good option for boosting those odds.
Miami Heat (-13) vs. Orlando Magic
The Magic shocked the world on Sunday when they went into Madison Square Garden and defeated the New York Knicks. Will that momentum continue? No chance, in my opinion. The Heat look legit through the first week of the 2021-22 season. Their defense has been fantastic, plus Tyler Herro is emerging as a real Sixth Man of the Year candidate. Add on top of that the talent gap in this matchup, and Miami should roll easily here. A 13-point spread is a little too much for me here, so I’m going to side with the Heat moneyline at -1000, but toss in an SGP to boost that little value up to +210: Cole Anthony 12+ points, Jimmy Butler 15+ points, Bam Adebayo 14+ points, Duncan Robinson 11+ points, 3+ threes from Robinson. That’s a lot that needs to happen, but the boost from -1000 to +210 was too hard to pass on.
Minnesota Timberwolves (-5.5) vs. New Orleans Pelicans
I expect this one to be the highest-scoring matchup of the Monday slate, so I’m hammering the over already at 226 total points. And with how the Pelicans have started off painfully slow without Zion Williamson, Minnesota’s moneyline -225 is an easy bet here. Karl-Anthony Towns, Anthony Edwards and D’Angelo Russell have meshed very well so far, and I expect the positive momentum to keep flowing at home against New Orleans. A same-game parlay I’m rolling with at +235 odds on DraftKings is as follows: Timberwolves ML, Over 226 points, Towns 20+ points, Edwards 15+ points. In the over/under roundtables last week, our own Nekias Duncan picked Minnesota to eclipse their mark and fight for a play-in spot. I’m siding with Nekias on that notion, plus the Wolves as winners tonight as well.
Denver Nuggets (-9.5) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
Welcome to the Nikola Jokic experience, Evan Mobley. Although Mobley has looked fantastic so far, likely the very early Rookie of the Year favorite, going up against Jokic for the first time is always a rough one for young bigs. I expect Mobley to follow the same trend tonight in the Denver altitude. The Nuggets’ moneyline at -525 odds is what I think is the best bet of the night here, plus expecting a huge outing from Jokic. Here’s a same-game parlay that can boost your potential winnings to +185: Nuggets ML, Jokic 20+ points, Jokic 7+ assists, Jokic 1+ threes. The MVP is going to send a message tonight against the Cavaliers. If Mobley holds his own when matched up against Jokic, go ahead and hand over the ROY award to him now. This will be a very fun one to follow along with tonight.
Los Angeles Clippers (-3) vs. Portland Trail Blazers
Portland has gotten off to a great start seeing improvements from its young core, on top of CJ McCollum adequately carrying the scoring burden alongside Damian Lillard. However, in the Staples Center, I’m taking the Clippers to pull off the victory. Paul George is back in his element as the No. 1 option in Kawhi Leonard’s absence, and I think he's going to have a great game on Monday night. If you simply take the Clippers’ moneyline (-145) and George to score 25+ points, it rises up to double your money at +110. That’s a really solid bet to wager on in what should be a very close back-and-forth contest throughout.
So, to recap, here’s our picks for Monday’s nine-game slate courtesy of “Nothing But Bets” on the BasketballNews.com Podcast Network: Bucks -2, Hornets ML, Bulls -1.5, Nets ML, Hawks ML, Heat ML, Timberwolves ML, Nuggets ML, Clippers ML.