Monday's NBA Betting Odds Report

Steven Suarez

Monday, December 30, 2013 7:19 PM UTC

Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 7:19 PM UTC

What kind of NBA betting value is out there for Monday's seven-game slate? Check out our favorite picks of the day.

Chicago Bulls vs. Memphis Grizzlies

Covered by Jason Lake

The Bulls, just 4-11 SU on the road, will do battle with the Grizzlies tonight. Memphis has gone 7-10 SU at home thus far this season.

For now, the O/U is at 181.5 while the Grizzlies are favored by 4.5 points. They've turned things around lately, winning three of their last four (wins over Denver, Utah and the New York Knicks) ahead of this evening's tip.

Chicago had won two in a row before taking on Dallas two nights ago, but they were smacked around by the Mavericks in a 105-83 loss. The Bulls are 3-7 SU and ATS in their previous 10 contests.

It remains to be seen whether or not Luol Deng (Achilles) will be able to play, but either way Jason Lake thinks the OVER is the best bet tonight. These two teams haven't been nearly as dominant defensively this season as they've been in the past.

NBA Pick: OVER 181.5


Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Clippers

Covered by Jason Lake

The upstart Suns clash with the Clippers tonight, with the NBA odds showing L.A. favored by eight points. The total is at 210.5.

Emotions will be running high, as Jared Dudley and Eric Bledsoe face off against their old teams.

The Clippers didn't look too good the other day but still managed an eight-point win over Utah. They've lost two of their last three yet have gone an impressive 6-2 SU over their past eight. Meanwhile, the Suns continue to defy all expectations – they're 8-3 SU in their last 11 and are at 18-11 overall.

With his NBA picks for Monday night, Jason has decided that Phoenix holds the most value as sizable underdogs. The Clippers haven't been too convincing and will have to really execute to overcome the well-coached Suns.

NBA Pick: Suns +8


Miami Heat vs. Denver Nuggets

Covered by Jeff Grant

Will he play or will he not? That's the question on everyone's minds after LeBron James sat out Saturday's game in Portland. It appears unlikely that LeBron will be risked tonight, while Chris Andersen is questionable.

The Heat didn't need him against the Trail Blazers, as Chris Bosh dominated and topped it off by a hitting a game-winning three with under a second to go. Miami improved to 9-5 SU on the road with the win.

Denver has been in a terrible rut lately, having lost six consecutive games, three of which (Golden State, Phoenix and Oklahoma City) were at home.

That being said, underdogs have fared well in this head-to-head series and Jeff thinks the dog is the right way to go again tonight. He's taking the Nuggets for his NBA pick.

NBA Pick: Nuggets +2


Portland Trail Blazers vs. New Orleans Pelicans

Covered by David Lawrence

Portland's rocking season took a little bit of a hit on Saturday in their last-second home loss to the defending champion Heat.

They'll look to get back on track as 3.5-point favorites in the Big Easy tonight. The Trail Blazers are 12-3 SU and 10-5 ATS on the road so far this year.

The Pelicans lost in Houston two nights ago, this coming after consecutive wins over Sacramento (113-100) and Denver (105-89). Eric Gordon and Jason Smith are both listed as questionable for the game against Portland.

New Orleans though has managed to win three straight (SU and ATS) at home. Will they continue that streak tonight?

NBA Pick: Blazers -3.5


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