Four Picks for Monday: 76ers to End Slide vs. Rockets?

Troy Haliburton

Monday, October 30, 2017 4:23 PM UTC

Monday, Oct. 30, 2017 4:23 PM UTC

It is time for another slate of NBA games this Monday, and SBR's expert capper has pulled four top plays that will bring profit to your wallet.

San Antonio Spurs at Boston Celtics (-3.5)

The Boston Celtics haven’t had a win over the San Antonio Spurs in Boston since 2011, and as much as I hate historic numbers based on past teams and players who have nothing to do with this particular matchup, I believe that there is some merit in having a winning streak of that length. The Spurs are coming off of two consecutive losses on their early East Coast road trip, including a beatdown by the hands of the Indiana Pacers last night.

The Celtics have figured out a way to have a balanced attack in the absence of Gordon Hayward, by featuring more of rookie Jayson Tatum. Tatum is averaging 16.2 points per game and 6.3 rebounds while shooting 50% from the field and 50% from 3-point range. The thing that makes Tatum such a versatile threat offensively is his ability to take smaller defenders in the post and showcase his Kobe-like footwork, while also being able to take bigger defenders off the dribble when the Celtics go small and play him at power forward.

The Spurs will have a tough time trying to defend Tatum as they have not had their all-world defender Kawhi Leonard lace up his sneakers in a regular-season game yet, and it does not appear he will be ready to play on Monday night.

Look for the Spurs to continue their winning streak against the Celtics, as they have the required depth to stretch an already thin Celtics roster even thinner.

Free NBA Pick: Spurs +3.5Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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Minnesota Timberwolves at Miami Heat (+3)

The Miami Heat’s prospects to win will take a big hit without Hassan Whiteside able to suit up. Whiteside is scheduled to miss his sixth straight game. The Heat lost consecutive games to the Celtics and the Spurs, which prompted a team meeting among the players over the weekend. Team meetings this early in the season can either be a rallying cry or prelude to self-destruction.

The Timberwolves have internal issues of their own, starting the year 3-3 and not really living up to the hype that they had coming into this season. A part of that has to do with Jimmy Butler missing games due to a respiratory issue, but the biggest issue has to be the Wolves' lack of defense.  The Wolves will have to put forth a much better effort defensively if they plan on stopping the analytically savvy Heat. The difference in styles is very evident, as the Heat are ranked 8th in the NBA on 3-point attempts, while the Wolves rank 28th. If the Wolves are not able to drive the Heat off of the 3-point line, look for the Heat to get back on the winning track.

Free NBA Pick: Heat +3Best Line Offered: Bookmaker

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Philadelphia 76ers at Houston Rockets (-6)

The Sixers will take on the Rockets for the second time in the last week and will hope to avenge a loss in which they were up 9 points in the final two minutes. The Rockets gave the Sixers an up-close look at how a veteran-laden team closes out games.

Eric Gordon hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to defeat the Sixers and complete the Rockets' comeback. Gordon missed the Rockets' game Saturday, and is questionable to play with a stomach virus. That would be a big break for the Sixers who already have one of the better 3-point shooting defenses in the NBA, only giving up 32.4% from beyond the arc.

Look for the Sixers to break their 8-game losing streak against the Rockets.

Free NBA Pick: 76ers +6Best Line Offered: Heritage

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Orlando Magic at New Orleans Pelicans (-7.5)

The Pelicans had one of their better weeks in recent memory by reaching the .500 mark for the first time in 981 days and now they will take on the thriving Orlando Magic to aim for a winning record.

The Magic have a trio of Aaron Gordon, Evan Fournier and Nikola Vucevic who are taking the Magic to the next level in terms of competitiveness. To match up with the big men of the Pelicans, the Magic are going to need big performances from a few of their ancillary players. Bismack Biyombo and Jonathan Isaac will be two key players that the Magic will rely on to defend against the Boogie Cousins and Anthony Davis.

Cousins is quickly turning into one of the most efficient players in the NBA, and that has to do with his career high 34% shooting from 3-point range on a high volume amount of 7.3 attempts per game. Add that on top of Cousins already adept soft touch around the basket, and the NBA has a dynamic force that has not been seen before. With Davis now back from a sore knee that had him miss a few games, the Pelicans have a dominant frontcourt that most NBA teams will not be able to stop.

While the Pelicans are looking good, I believe that the 7.5 points is a bit much for them to be giving up to the Magic.

Free NBA pick: Magic +7.5Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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