Sunday was an odd one, giving us NBA betting folk a piddly two games to bet on. Unfortunately we went 0-2 on the day and we had the rest of the night to think about it – and also watch the Super Bowl. That ended up being one hell of a game, and had Seattle ran Marshawn Lynch like anyone would have, our Seahawks pick would have panned out. Overall, we were a dreadful and regrettable 0-3 in our sports picks for Sunday, and we can’t wait for the new week to wash our sins away.
Monday offers a quick cleanse, as we get eight NBA contests to help us forget all that kills us deep inside. There are some key injuries to look out for, so keep player health in mind as you join us and our 402-208 season record on a busy Monday night:
76ers @ Cavaliers
Cleveland is on a roll and will host Philly tonight trying to go for win number 11 in a row. The Sixers have actually been competitive and almost ended Atlanta’s winning streak, so the Cavs might have to take them seriously. Even so, LeBron James and co. are at home and are white hot, so it’d be crazy to bet against them.
Pick: Cavs 110, Sixers 96
Hornets @ Wizards
Charlotte has oddly been on a roll lately (7-3 in last 10), but coming in and topping the Wiz won’t be easy, as Washington is 18-7 at home. John Wall is banged up and could sit this one out, though, so I like the Hornets as a sneaky upset play.
Pick: Hornets 96, Wizards 95
Clippers @ Nets
Brooklyn got housed by the Clippers in Los Angeles just a couple of weeks ago and L.A. has been red hot (8-2 in last 10). Brooklyn could get Deron Williams back off the bench, but they’ve dropped four in a row and don’t look good right now.
Pick: Clips 106, Nets 95
Bucks @ Raptors
Milwaukee could give Toronto problems due to their defense, but we all know by now they’re a no-name bunch that packs an inconsistent scoring punch. The Raptors are keeping a good balance and play host with six straight wins coming into tonight.
Pick: Raptors 104, Bucks 97
Hawks @ Pelicans
The Pellies have been solid and they get Anthony Davis back, but Atlanta comes in with an NBA-best 19-game winning streak. They could make it 20 in a row tonight.
Pick: Hawks 105, Pelicans 99
Magic @ Thunder
The Thunder have a nice chance to end a two-game skid at home against the Magic, who are reeling with eight straight losses. Given Orlando’s horrific defense and poor play specifically away from home (and everywhere), OKC is the easy pick.
Pick: Thunder 107, Magic 102
Timberwolves @ Mavericks
Dallas is getting things back together and gets a third straight cakewalk game when they host the struggling T’Wolves tonight. Minnesota gets even healthier with Ricky Rubio’s possible return, but he should be limited. Dallas takes a minor hit with Rajon Rondo out (face), but I actually like them more without him.
Pick: Mavs 107, T’Wolves 101
Grizzlies @ Suns
Phoenix has the ability to run anyone dead and they play host tonight, but the Grizzlies have won six straight and are able to shut even the best offenses down. Phoenix has a chance, but we prefer Memhis to keep their streak alive tonight.
Pick: Grizz 105, Suns 102