3 Monday Picks, Topped by Pistons-Celtics Showdown

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Troy Haliburton

Monday, November 27, 2017 5:47 PM GMT

Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 5:47 PM GMT

Solid slate of games in the NBA on Monday night, with the highlight being Detroit at Boston in a matchup of the East's two best teams thus far.

Magic at Pacers

The Pacers have surprisingly turned themselves into one of the better teams in a rising Eastern Conference, but had a reality check when they lost to the Boston Celtics over the weekend. Indiana had built up a five-game winning streak before they blew a double-digit lead and were outscored 37-11 in the third quarter of a 109-98 loss.

Orlando, on the other hand, is in a major slump, having lost its last eight games. This slide could have been predictable for Orlando because the way that the Magic were playing at the start of the season was clearly unsustainable. Orlando was shooting and making the most threes in the NBA for a stretch, and a lot of that was coming from Aaron Gordon who is definitely not known for being a prolific sharp-shooter. Not only are the Magic struggling on the offensive end, they are also struggling mightily to stop teams from scoring at will. The Magic give up 110 points per night, making them the 27th-ranked defense in the NBA.

In this particular matchup though, Orlando should be able to get back on track because of their athleticism on the wing to be able to slow down former Magic star Victor Oladipo.

Free NBA Pick: Magic +4Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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Cavaliers at Sixers

LeBron James is quietly having one of his best seasons of his career with a PER of 30.5, his first PER over 30 since the 2012-13 season. The reason why LeBron is having so much individual success is because of the fact that his supporting cast is probably weaker than it has been in years past. LeBron is having to play a lot more point guard than normal because of the absence of Derrick Rose, who we learned over Thanksgiving breakmay not have his heart in basketball anymore. The King is having to rebound more than ever because the team has been missing Tristan Thompson, who has been out with a wrist injury.

While LeBron is having a great season as a veteran in this league, he can look across this matchup and see a younger version of himself in the Sixers' Ben Simmons. The former No. 1 overall pick is setting himself up to run away with the Rookie of the Year award and is doing it by doing his best LeBron impersonation on the court. Simmons is using his 6-foot-9 frame to attack the basket at will and his height is also the reason why he is able to see over smaller defenders and use his elite passing skills to thread the needle with pinpoint accurate passes. Combine Simmons with Joel Embiid and the future is certainly bright in the City of Brotherly Love.

As for the present, LeBron is still the King on the court and will ultimately prove to be too much to handle for a young Sixers squad.

Free NBA Pick: Cavs +2.5Best Line Offered: JustBet

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Pistons at Celtics

The Pistons and the Celtics are the two best teams in the Eastern Conference record wise, and this matchup will certainly go a long way in determining the hierarchy of the conference. Avery Bradley will be making his return to Boston for the first time since Danny Ainge traded him for Marcus Morris this summer to essentially make cap space for the Gordon Hayward signing. Bradley spent his first seven seasons in Boston and became a fan favorite because of his defensive intensity and leadership skills, which he has just transferred to his new ball club. Bradley will be relied on heavily to defend new Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving, who is having one of his better seasons and displaying the ability to be able to lead a basketball team is the alpha dog.

Morris will not be playing, as he has been ruled out with a sore knee, and his absence will make the Celtics rely heavily on Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown to help Al Horford keep Andre Drummond from dominating the paint, which might be a tall task for the wing players to handle. Look for the Pistons to use their size to their advantage and compete with the Celtics tonight.

Free NBA Pick: Pistons +6.5Best Line Offered: Bookmaker

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