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

We're diving into our favorite NBA player props and the best bets for Monday based on the best NBA odds, led by a big night for Jayson Tatum and Luka Doncic.

After an exhilarating weekend of NBA action headlined by the Los Angeles Lakers' crazy double-overtime win over the Golden State Warriors, we're off to a strong start Monday with 12 NBA games on the docket.

Jayson Tatum is expected to take on a more significant role in the depleted Boston Celtics frontcourt as they face the visiting New Orleans Pelicans. Meanwhile, with Kyrie Irving out, Luka Doncic aims to maintain his impressive performance as the Dallas Mavericks host the Orlando Magic.

Elsewhere, the New York Knicks will be shorthanded on the road against the Charlotte Hornets, which means Jalen Brunson will have to keep scoring at a high level, and Jarrett Allen will look to keep up his monster play with Evan Mobley still on the sidelines as the Cleveland Cavaliers host the Los Angeles Clippers.

Here are our NBA player props and best bets for Monday (odds via our best NBA betting sites; pick confidence based on a 1-to-5-star scale).

Monday’s NBA best bets

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Monday’s NBA schedule and odds

(Odds via DraftKings)

  • New York Knicks vs. Charlotte Hornets | Spread: Knicks -7.5 | Total: 223.5
  • Los Angeles Clippers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers | Spread: Clippers -2.5 | Total: 226
  • New Orleans Pelicans vs. Boston Celtics | Spread: Celtics -8 | Total: 233.5
  • Utah Jazz vs. Brooklyn Nets | Spread: Pick'em | Total: 235
  • Phoenix Suns vs. Miami Heat | Spread: Heat -4 | Total: 229.5
  • Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets | Spread: Lakers -1 | Total: 227.5
  • Sacramento Kings vs. Memphis Grizzlies | Spread: Kings -8 | Total: 225
  • Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Oklahoma City Thunder | Spread: Thunder -2.5 | Total: 224.5
  • Washington Wizards vs. San Antonio Spurs | Spread: Spurs -4 | Total: 241
  • Orlando Magic vs. Dallas Mavericks | Spread: Mavericks -5 | Total: 228.5
  • Milwaukee Bucks vs. Denver Nuggets | Spread: Nuggets -4.5 | Total: 239
  • Philadelphia 76ers vs. Portland Trail Blazers | Spread: 76ers -9 | Total: 224.5

Monday’s NBA player props

Jayson Tatum Over 9.5 rebounds vs. Pelicans (+135 via bet365) ⭐⭐⭐

The Celtics’ frontcourt may be massively shorthanded on Monday, as Kristaps Porzingis is questionable due to an ankle injury, Al Horford is questionable due to a neck injury, and Luke Kornet is doubtful with a hamstring injury. Neemis Queta is the last man standing in the center rotation, which means Jayson Tatum will have to step up in a big way in the frontcourt.

Tatum has pulled down 11 rebounds in each of the last two games played without Porzingis. On the season, he has grabbed double-digit rebounds 15 times and should be able to get there again tonight with so many players banged up or ultimately sidelined. Tatum’s rebound prop is set at 8.5 across our best sports betting apps with odds as short as -130. For one rebound more, we can get plus-money odds, which is exactly what we’ll do while using our bet365 bonus code: SBRBONUS!

Luka Doncic Over 20.5 rebounds + assists vs. Magic (-102 via FanDuel) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Kyrie Irving is out for a fourth straight game due to a thumb injury, and Luka Doncic should continue to see monster usage and production. On the season, Doncic has averaged 11.1 assists and 9.1 rebounds in 17 games with Kyrie on the sidelines, going for at least 21 rebounds + assists in seven of them. 

Doncic has averaged 19 rebounds + assists at home compared to 17 on the road. He’s hit the mark in three of his last seven, including a monster 27 rebounds + assists against the Sacramento Kings at home on Saturday. Doncic has hit this mark in 10 games, including seven at home. As mentioned above, seven have come without Irving, so we can comfortably bet the Over here. This team is bereft of scorers and playmakers, leaving Doncic to shoulder the load in both facets of the game.

Jalen Brunson Over 34.5 points vs. Hornets (+150 via FanDuel) ⭐⭐⭐

Brunson’s scoring prop is set at 31.5, and while that’s a safe bet for tonight’s matchup in Charlotte, we can do better. Julius Randle dislocated his shoulder Saturday, and he’s currently without a timetable to return. Brunson is already his team’s unquestioned top scoring option, but he’ll be asked to pick up the slack for the injured Randle, who’s averaging 24 points per game this season.

Randle doesn’t miss much time, but Brunson posted 48 and 27 points in two games played without the big man a season ago. The Hornets allow the sixth most points to opponents, and Brunson dropped 32 on them at Charlotte earlier in the season. He's been on a heater as of late, with averages of 31.7 points per game across his last seven, including six 30-point efforts. Randle’s injury opens the door for him to hit this number with nice plus-money value at FanDuel.

Jarrett Allen Over 11.5 rebounds vs. Clippers (+120 via FanDuel) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Allen has been on a roll, and we will stay with him tonight against the Clippers. The big man has recorded a double-double in 14 straight contests, averaging 14.1 rebounds per game in that span. In those 14 games, he’s pulled down at least 12 rebounds 11 times and at least 13 rebounds in seven of them. 

The Clippers allow the fifth-fewest rebounds (49.8) on the season, but over the last three, they’ve allowed the fourth most (54.3). That’s due in large part to a shallow frontcourt, which is currently without the injured Ivica Zubac. Allen should have no problem taking advantage of Mason Plumlee and Co., so we’ll take the alternate rebound total tonight. Allen’s prop is set at 10.5, but we can comfortably go up to 11.5 at FanDuel for plus money. I’m also interested in sprinkling a little on 12.5 rebounds offered at bet365 for +210 odds.

NBA best bets made Monday at 7 a.m. ET.

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