If Kyrie Irving does not play, our own Jordan Sharp has a great teaser for this game. The Pelicans are playing great and should not be +9 dogs, but a teaser is an even better value combining the under as well.
This game has a ton of value, even with the Pelicans as +9 underdogs. New Orleans has been playing well lately with Tyreke Evans getting healthier and with the three-headed monster of Evans, Jrue Holiday and Anthony Davis, this team is starting to play well. They have won four straight games and I think they are undervalued in tonight's NBA Odds.
The Cavs likely still don't know if they will have Kyrie Irving tonight, which helps the Pelicans and gives us a nice chance to bet the under. The Cavs' offense obviously takes a slight hit if Irving is out, but their defense gets better too.
Combine what with the Pelicans who have allowed only 95.3 points over their last four games and this one is screaming for a teaser tonight. If Irving is out, the Pelicans have enough firepower to stay with Cleveland, especially if their defense comes to play. With a huge total of 218 and an even bigger spread of +9, teasing the under and the Pelicans is a fine value to open your Monday NBA Picks.