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Best bets today from around the NBA.
Best bets today from around the NBA.

We're betting on big favorites for Monday’s eight-game NBA slate. Check out our top NBA picks for Monday based on the best NBA odds.

There are a lot of big spreads on Monday’s slate, due in large part to player availability, or lack thereof.

The San Antonio Spurs will be without a number of key players Monday when they travel north to face the Chicago Bulls, while the Brooklyn Nets are once again without any superstars as they host the Los Angeles Clippers.

Meanwhile, the Dallas Mavericks will be missing up to four starters when they face the Utah Jazz on the road, and the Oklahoma City Thunder will try to pull off an upset at home against the Golden State Warriors, who will be without Steph Curry.

Here are our NBA best bets for Monday (odds via Caesars, DraftKings, FanDuel, and WynnBet; pick confidence based on a 1-to-5-star scale).

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Monday’s NBA schedule and odds

(odds via DraftKings)

  • Boston Celtics (-11) vs. Detroit Pistons
  • Cleveland Cavaliers (-2.5) vs. Washington Wizards
  • Los Angeles Clippers (-7.5) vs. Brooklyn Nets
  • San Antonio Spurs (+10.5) vs. Chicago Bulls
  • Sacramento Kings (-5.5) vs. Houston Rockets
  • Dallas Mavericks (+9.5) vs. Utah Jazz
  • Oklahoma City Thunder (+4) vs. Golden State Warriors
  • Milwaukee Bucks (-4) vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Monday’s NBA best bets

  • Spread: Bulls -11 vs. Spurs (-105 via WynnBet) ⭐⭐⭐
  • Spread: Clippers -7 vs. Nets (-110 via FanDuel) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Spread: Jazz -9.5 vs. Mavericks (-110 via Caesars) ⭐⭐⭐
  • Upset: Thunder ML vs. Warriors (+145 via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐

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NBA top picks

Spread: Bulls -11 vs. Spurs (-105 via WynnBet) ⭐⭐⭐

We’re kicking off Monday’s best bets with a massive point spread. In fact, Chicago has not been a double-digit favorite in any game this season. The Bulls have, however, covered in six of nine matchups in which they were favored by at least five points at home.

San Antonio has lost eight in a row and 13 of its last 14, doing the best it can to get a leg up in the Victor Wenbanyama sweepstakes. The Spurs have failed to cover in seven straight and are just 9-14 as the road dogs.

Chicago has covered in three of its last four and sports an 8-6 record as the home favorite.

The Spurs have one of the worst rosters in the Association already, but the team will be without Jeremy Sochan and Romeo Langford, and both Tre Jones and Keldon Johnson are questionable. Devin Vassell remains out indefinitely.

Spread: Clippers -7 vs. Nets (-110 via FanDuel) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

How about those Nets? Brooklyn covered Saturday against the Wizards, pulling off an upset win at Barclay’s Center behind Cam Thomas’ career-high 44 points off the bench. Washington blew a huge lead for the second game in a row, but we won’t be counting on the Clippers to do the same Monday.

Kevin Durant is out, Ben Simmons is questionable, and T.J. Warren is probable. Kyrie Irving is gone, so the Nets will be missing a ton of firepower. The Clippers will have both Paul George and Kawhi Leonard available, and the full-strength Clippers should have no problem winning this one easily on the road.

Spread: Jazz -9.5 vs. Mavericks (-110 via Caesars) ⭐⭐⭐

Dallas covered Saturday against the Warriors, cutting the deficit to six after Steph Curry went down. The Mavs are in the headlines after trading Spencer Dinwiddie and Dorian Finney-Smith for Irving, and that trade will leave the team wildly shorthanded.

Luka Doncic is out, Christian Wood is questionable, and Irving won’t make his Dallas debut until Wednesday when the team faces the Clippers. Obviously, Dinwiddie and Finney-Smith won’t be playing for Dallas, so the team could potentially be down four of its five starters.

This is a steep line for Utah to cover, but Dallas is down to a skeleton crew, so we’ll take the Jazz and the points.

Upset: Thunder ML vs. Warriors (+145 via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐

Both of these teams are among the top in the NBA at hitting the Over, so my first instinct with this one was to bet the Over. After digging into the trends and results, I found that taking Oklahoma City straight-up was a much more profitable venture.

Steph Curry suffered a left leg injury Saturday against the Mavericks, and he’s out indefinitely. The Warriors are just 7-8 SU with him sidelined this season and just 2-6 on the road with Curry out.

Golden State is 6-20 on the road overall and 4-8 as the road favorite, while the Thunder are 16-11 at home and 8-8 as the home dogs.

Oklahoma City is hot off a huge 153-121 win over Houston on Saturday and should be able to use that momentum to earn another win as a home underdog Monday.

NBA best bets made 2/6/2023 at 11:10 a.m. ET.

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