Monday's NBA Betting Odds Report

Monday, March 31, 2014 3:24 PM UTC

Monday, Mar. 31, 2014 3:24 PM UTC

It's Opening Day in baseball, but let's not forget we've still got plenty of hoops action in front of us. There are some very interesting games on the board tonight and we're back with another edition of our NBA betting odds report.
<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;font-weight:bold;color:#000000;text-align:left"></span></p> <p>There are only two double-digit favorites for tonight and those would be the Hawks (-12.5) at home to the 76ers and the Bulls (-10) entertaining the Celtics. Read on for our full NBA betting lines report, along with our top choices for Monday.</p> <p><b><a href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/spurs-2-5-vs-pacers-nba-picks-a-38539/" title="San Antonio Spurs vs. Indiana Pacers" target="_blank">San Antonio Spurs vs. Indiana Pacers</a><br /></b><b style="font-size:1em"><i>Covered by Jason Lake<br /></i></b><span style="font-size:1em">You have to figure if there's one team that can beat the Spurs, it's the Pacers at home. Indiana has been fantastic on their home court, yet oddsmakers still have San Antonio favored for tonight's game.</span></p> <p>San Antonio is on some kind of roll, winning 17 straight contests to put their overall record at 57-16 straight up. Indiana comes in having lost two in a row and at an even 5-5 SU over their previous 10 matchups.</p> <p>Jason isn't about to fade the Spurs in this spot and we don't blame him at all. He's taking this red-hot San Antonio team to cover the small chalk on the road, which would in turn be Indiana's third consecutive setback.</p> <p><b>NBA Pick: </b>Spurs -2.5</p> <p>[gameodds]5/260506/?r3=43-19-349/dec&amp;r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]</p> <p><b>Toronto Raptors vs. Miami Heat<br /></b><b style="font-size:1em"><i>Covered by Jordan Sharp<br /></i></b><span style="font-size:1em">The Raptors have won three in a row heading into tonight's game in South Beach. They're being careful with Kyle Lowry's minutes, hoping to keep him relatively fresh ahead of the playoffs.</span></p> <p>Meanwhile, the Heat are doing the same with Dwyane Wade and company. Miami has climbed to within one game of first-place Indiana in the Eastern Conference race, even in spite of the various bumps and bruises the team is suffering through.</p> <p>Which way has Jordan decided to go with his <a href="/nba-basketball/" title="Free NBA Picks &amp; Betting Predictions" target="_blank">NBA picks</a>? The Heat are favored by 5.5 points, though he doesn't have faith in either side when it comes to the spread. He's looking for more of a defensive struggle and will be on the UNDER.</p> <p><b>NBA Pick:<i> </i></b>UNDER 194.5<b><i> </i></b></p> <p>[gameodds]5/260509/?r3=43-19-349/dec&amp;r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]</p> <p><b><a href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/bet-under-181-celtics-vs-bulls-a-38542/" title="Boston Celtics vs. Chicago Bulls" target="_blank">Boston Celtics vs. Chicago Bulls</a><br /></b><b style="font-size:1em"><i>Covered by Jordan Sharp<br /></i></b><span style="font-size:1em">The second part of a home-and-road doubleheader takes place between the Bulls and Celtics tonight. Chicago got the win last night behind another near triple-double for Joakim Noah and D.J. Augustin's career night.</span></p> <p>That's four straight losses for the Celtics, who are also a miserable 1-9 SU over their past 10. They're also set to be without Rajon Rondo tonight, who hasn't been playing back-to-backs since returning from his injury.</p> <p>Because he doesn't see any value in either side of this Eastern Conference tilt, Jordan has decided to go with the UNDER. He doesn't foresee another high-scoring game like we saw last night, especially with Rondo out.</p> <p><b>NBA Pick: </b>UNDER 181<b><i></i></b></p> <p>[gameodds]5/260510/?r3=43-19-349/dec&amp;r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]</p> <p><b><a href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/free-nba-picks-knicks-vs-jazz-a-38540/" title="New York Knicks vs. Utah Jazz" target="_blank">New York Knicks vs. Utah Jazz</a><br /></b><b style="font-size:1em"><i>Covered by Jason Lake<br /></i></b><span style="font-size:1em">Can the Knicks do it? Will they sneak into the eighth spot at the expense of the Hawks? Atlanta is doing New York some huge favors right now, having lost six in a row coming into tonight.</span></p> <p>The Knicks, to their credit, have played well recently, going 7-3 over their last 10. Tonight they face off against the Jazz, who have lost four in a row and currently have the worst record (23-51) in the Western Conference.</p> <p>As maddeningly frustrating as New York has been this season, we can't blame Jason for taking the hot team in this NBA betting situation. He'll be backing the Knicks to win by four or more points in Salt Lake City.</p> <p><b>NBA Pick: </b>Knicks -3</p> <p>[gameodds]5/260514/?r3=43-19-349/dec&amp;r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]</p>
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