There are eight games on Monday’s NBA slate, so bettors still have plenty of opportunities for action. Some of tonight’s most intriguing lines are in the Celtics-Bulls, Magic-Pacers, and Jazz-Clippers games, and the betting experts from BetQL have sorted through all the odds to help you find the best wagers.
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Today’s Best NBA Bets: Odds, lines, & picks for Monday
Celtics at Bulls Prediction
The red-hot Celtics (13-3 SU, 9-7 ATS, 9-6-1 O/U) travel to take on the struggling Bulls (6-10 SU, 8-8 ATS, 6-9-1 O/ U) for an Eastern Conference battle on Monday night. Our model has gone 755-541 (58.3 percent) on Bulls’ bets all-time, so be sure to consult it before placing your bets.
The Celtics are riding a nine-game winning streak and have gone 6-2-1 against the spread in that span. Defending Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart has missed the last couple of games with an injury, so it’ll be important to monitor his status. Nevertheless, Boston has been the most efficient offensive team in the Association this year (NBA-best 119.1 offensive rating), as Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have both been sensational. The C’s also have the league’s best net rating (7.7) and have been the best overall team so far.
The Bulls are on a four-game losing (and no-cover) streak and rank 22nd in offensive rating and 11th in defensive rating. On the plus side, Chicago’s bench production has improved from 25.7 last year (2nd-worst in NBA) to 32.8 this year (18th in NBA), but as a whole, this team still relies on DeMar DeRozan, Zach LaVine, and Nikola Vucevic to shoulder much of the load. This isn’t a squad that I trust at this point.
PICK: Celtics ATS. I love everything this Boston team is doing right now and they’re trending up, up, and up.
Magic at Pacers Prediction
If Saturday’s game was any indication, this rematch will be fun to watch. In that one, the Pacers (9-6 SU, 10-5 ATS, 8-6-1 O/U) earned a 114-113 win over the Magic (5-12 SU, 8-8-1 ATS, 9- 8 O/U).
The Magic have been terrible on the road this year, as evidenced by their 1-7 straight up record. However, they pose an interesting matchup for every team based on their sheer size. Orlando tends to take advantage of high-percentage looks around the rim. They average 15.6 made field goals (third-most) on 67.6 percent shooting (third-best) within five feet of the basket. They should continue to try to convert those opportunities in this one, but Orlando only averages 21.2 assists (third-worst) with 16.5 turnovers (fourth-worst) per contest.
The Pacers are riding a four-game winning streak, having won six of their past seven, and have covered the spread in nine of their past 10 games. Tyrese Haliburton has taken the next step in his development this year, and as a team, the Pacers have distributed the ball very effectively, as their 28.3 assists (third-best in the NBA) per contest indicate.
PICK: Over the total. When these teams played on Saturday, the Magic went 16-of-42 (38.1 percent) from three, while the Pacers went 18-of-46 (39.1 percent). I’m not touching the bottom after they attempted a combined 88 three-pointers in this exact matchup.
Jazz at Clippers Prediction
Somehow, the “rebuilding” Jazz (12-6 SU, 12-5-1 ATS, 9-9 O/U) have the best record in the Western Conference and have been the biggest surprise in the NBA so far this season. Meanwhile, the Clippers (10-7 SU, 8-9 ATS, 3-14 O/U) have underachieved based on their preseason expectations but, to be fair, have dealt with numerous injuries.
The Jazz won the previous meeting between these two squads on Nov. 6 (110-102) and covered the spread in five of their past seven road games. Utah’s bench has been the most productive in the entire Association, averaging an impressive 45.3 points per contest.
The Clippers have gone 5-2 SU (5-2 ATS) in their last seven games, but Kawhi Leonard’s game-by-game injury/rest statuses have not allowed this team to have much cohesion among their starting five. LA has gotten only 66.5 points per game from their starting five (worst in the NBA), and the Clippers have only averaged 105.2 points per contest. In other words, it’s probably best to fade them until they prove they can create points.
My Lean: Jazz ATS. Right now, Utah is shockingly the better team. Leonard has looked awful in limited minutes this year, and Paul George exited the last game early with an injury, so I don’t see either Clippers star at 100 percent right now.