Early Betting Odds & Free NBA Picks for Monday

Matthew Jordan

Sunday, November 9, 2014 9:57 PM GMT

Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014 9:57 PM GMT

Five games on the NBA schedule Monday and SBR has you covered on all of them for NBA betting odds -- in case you want to shift focus from Monday Night Football. Here's a quick look at each matchup. All times are Eastern. 

Pelicans vs. Cavaliers (-10, 194.5)
Covered by Dave
Arguably the best two players in the NBA meet in this 7 p.m. tip from Cleveland. Clearly Cleveland's LeBron James is the best player in the world, but New Orleans' Anthony Davis could steal that title in a couple of years. Davis has been better than LeBron so far this year as the Pelicans are 3-2. Davis scored the game-winning basket in a big upset in San Antonio on Saturday. Davis finished with 27 points and 11 rebounds, which are becoming typical numbers for him. The Cavaliers return home off a three-game West Coast trip in which they went 1-2. They won in Denver on Friday behind 22 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds for LeBron.

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Jazz vs. Pacers (-2, 189.5)
Covered by Dave
This 7 p.m. tipoff from Indianapolis has the lowest total on the board for Monday's NBA action. Makes sense considering the Pacers are 1-6 and rank 27th in scoring at 92.4 points per game. They were held to 90 in Saturday's seven-point home loss to Washington. With less than a minute to play, Pacers starting center Roy Hibbert left the game with a bruised left knee. Keep an eye on his status as the Pacers already are without a couple of other starters due to injury. Indiana is off to its worst start in 21 years. Utah is 2-4 and has been off since a 105-82 loss to Dallas on Friday. Utah committed 23 turnovers and the Mavericks enjoyed a 32-9 advantage in points off turnovers. The Jazz will be playing their second game in 24 hours as they were in Detroit on Sunday.

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Hawks vs. Knicks (pick'em, 197.5)
Covered by Joe C.
If this 7:30 p.m. matchup between Atlanta and New York looks familiar, it  should. The Hawks beat the Knicks 103-96 in Atlanta on Saturday. Kyle Korver scored 27 points to hand the Knicks their fourth straight loss. Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 20 points but had only six after the first quarter. The Knicks led 61-48 at halftime before the Hawks rallied to take the lead with the final basket of the third period. New York remains without injured point guards Jose Calderon and Pablo Prigioni. This game is nationally televised on NBA TV.

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Pistons vs. Bulls (TBA)
Covered by Joe C.
No opening line was posted on this 8 p.m. matchup from Chicago. Once again it's the Derrick Rose injury watch for Bulls backers. He missed both of Chicago's games over the weekend -- a win in Philadelphia and home loss to Boston -- with sprained ankles. His status is questionable here. Frankly, his status probably will be iffy all season. The Pistons started 0-3 but have won two straight, both at home. Incidentally, both victories by the same score: 98-95 over the Knicks and Bucks. It's the second of a back-to-back for Detroit as it hosted Utah on Sunday.

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Spurs vs. Clippers (-2.5, 203.5)
Covered by Scott
The final game on Monday night is a 10:30 p.m. tip from Los Angeles and a potential playoff preview that will be televised nationally by NBA TV. The Spurs have disappointed thus far in starting 2-3 and were stunned at home on Saturday night by New Orleans. San Antonio was brilliant offensively in the 2014 NBA Finals win over Miami but ranks just 26th in points this season. The 4-2 Clippers have been rather up and down, but they responded to a tongue-lashing from Coach Doc Rivers to post a 106-102 win over Portland on Saturday. J.J. Redick broke out of a shooting slump with 30 points, and Blake Griffin added 23 while playing sick. Jamal Crawford scored 20 points in his first start of the season. When making your NBA picks keep in mind that Crawford is one of the NBA's best sixth men so it will be interesting to see if Rivers continues to start him.

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