Monday's NBA Betting Odds Report

Monday, March 17, 2014 2:53 PM UTC

Monday, Mar. 17, 2014 2:53 PM UTC

We are covering four games closely tonight. Which NBA betting spread picks or total plays stand out most for Monday?

<p style="text-align:center"> <style type="text/css"><!-- td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;} --></style> <span style="font-size:13px;font-family:arial,sans,sans-serif;color:#000000;text-align:left"></span></p> <p><b>Philadelphia 76ers vs. Indiana Pacers<i></i></b></p> <p><b><i>Covered by Matthew Jordan</i></b></p> <p>So the 76ers have now lost 20 straight games and are doing everything in their power to finish with the league's worst record. They're doing a fine job.</p> <p>Tonight the streak will almost certainly be stretched to 21 when they take on the Pacers, who have won three in a row and have built up a three-game lead on the Heat for the top seed in the East. Indiana has recovered well after some shaky games recently.</p> <p>As you'd expect, the NBA odds are extremely lopsided, with Indiana favored by as many as 20 points at home. The Pacers have gone 30-4 on their own court this season, while the visiting 76ers are 7-24 SU on the road.</p> <p>Matthew has two picks for tonight's game. He thinks there's a chance Indiana will look ahead and therefore leave the door open for a Philadelphia cover, and he also believes the UNDER can cash.</p> <p><b>NBA Pick: </b>76ers +20 and UNDER 202.5</p> <p>[gameodds]5/258931/?r3=43-19-349/dec&amp;r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]</p> <p><b><a target="_blank" title="Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Chicago Bulls" href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/bet-bulls-2-5-over-thunder-nba-picks-a-38162/">Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Chicago Bulls</a><i></i></b></p> <p><b><i>Covered by Jason Lake</i></b></p> <p>Last night's home loss to Dallas wasn't pretty at all, but the Thunder were without Russell Westbrook, who was rested as a precaution. Oklahoma City doesn't want to take any chances with their star point guard, meaning he won't be playing some back-to-backs for the remainder of the season.</p> <p>Westbrook should return tonight and the Thunder will be favored on the road over a Bulls team that's won two in a row.</p> <p>Chicago has gone a very solid 7-3 SU over their last 10 and looks like they're right where they want to be ahead of another potentially serious playoff run. They've been playing the better basketball than their counterparts, as Oklahoma City is just 5-5 SU in their previous 10.</p> <p>With his NBA picks, <a target="_blank" title="We give you free NBA picks &amp; betting tips" href="/nba-basketball/">Jason has decided to back the home dogs</a>, as he feels getting points with the more in-form team is too good to pass up.</p> <p><b>NBA Pick: </b>Bulls +2.5</p> <p>[gameodds]5/258933/?r3=43-19-349/dec&amp;r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]</p> <p><b>Boston Celtics vs. Dallas Mavericks<i></i></b></p> <p><b><i>Covered by Jordan Sharp</i></b></p> <p>Fresh off a blowout road win over the Thunder, the Mavericks return home feeling really good about their current situation.</p> <p>Dallas is in the seventh spot in the Western Conference, but Golden State, Memphis and Phoenix are all in the mix, meaning Rick Carlisle's team needs to stay focused game in and game out.</p> <p>The Mavericks are one of <a target="_blank" title="Check out who else is favored on the NBA odds board!" href="/betting-odds/nba-basketball/">the largest favorites on the NBA odds board tonight</a>. They're giving away 11.5 points to a Celtics team that's lost four in a row. Boston is just 8-24 straight up on the road this season.</p> <p>Where's the value in Dallas tonight? Jordan believes the lines could be inflated after Dallas' impressive win last night and will be taking the Celtics, in spite of the likelihood Rajon Rondo will sit out.</p> <p><b>NBA Pick: </b>Celtics +10.5</p> <p>[gameodds]5/258935/?r3=43-19-349/dec&amp;r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]</p> <p><b><a target="_blank" title="Los Angeles Clippers vs. Denver Nuggets" href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/back-clippers-cover-vs-nuggets-nba-picks-a-38165/">Los Angeles Clippers vs. Denver Nuggets</a><i></i></b></p> <p><b><i>Covered by Jordan Sharp</i></b></p> <p>Pushing their winning streak to 11, the Clippers are the hottest team in the NBA, just ahead of the Spurs who have won 10 straight of their own. Los Angeles now stands at 48-20 SU on the year.</p> <p>Tonight Chris Paul and company will duke it out with Ty Lawson and the Nuggets, who are 4-6 SU over their previous 10 matchups. Denver is an even 16-16 SU at home so far.</p> <p>The Nuggets have been one of <a target="_blank" title="Compare NBA Team Statistics" href="/nba-basketball/betting-stats/">the league's worst teams defensively</a> and that's got to worry head coach Brian Shaw, with the Clippers ranked near the top in practically every offensive category, including efficiency and points per game.</p> <p>It's therefore no wonder Jordan isn't about to go against this red-hot Los Angeles team. He's looking for the streak to continue.</p> <p><b>NBA Pick: </b>Clippers -4.5</p> <p>[gameodds]5/258936/?r3=43-19-349/dec&amp;r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]</p>
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