Monday's Top NBA Picks Against the Spread

Jordan Sharp

Monday, December 29, 2014 3:01 PM GMT

Monday, Dec. 29, 2014 3:01 PM GMT

After another nice week of NBA Picks, I am back once again to release my free NBA Picks of the day. There are plenty of good NBA Odds despite the short slate of action, and I believe I have found two that hold extra value.

Bulls vs. Pacers
Chicago is on a roll right now and no team in the East looks like they can beat them at full strength. That includes the Pacers, who are getting healthier, but still won’t have enough on the paint to stop the bigs from Chicago. The NBA odds for this one have the Bulls as only -5 favorites, and that should be more than enough against this lottery Pacers team.

CJ Miles missed the game for the Pacers on Saturday, and his status for tonight’s game is still unknown. He has been giving them valuable minutes on the wing, and although his injury was just an illness, it’s something to watch for tonight. The Bulls are not very deep on the wing, and although Miles’ status either way does not change my pick, it is something that could keep the game closer in Indiana tonight. However while the Bulls may have trouble with some of the wing players for the Pacers, the Bulls hold the advantage at every other position. Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler will dominate everyone who tries to defend them, while Pau Gasol and a healthier looking Joakim Noah will control the paint. Even if the game stays close, eventually either the bench from Chicago, or the stars from Chicago will take over.

The Pacers are only 1-6 ATS in their last seven games as home underdogs, and their 11-23-1 ATS in their last 35 home games overall. The Bulls as 6-2 ATS in their last eight games as favorites, and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. Chicago’s offense or defense will take this game and cover for our NBA Picks.

Free NBA Pick: Bulls -5 at the Greek

 

Kings vs. Nets
The Brooklyn Nets are crumbling right before our eyes, and it’s so disastrous that I can’t turn away. Their roster is crippled with aging veterans getting paid way too much, and they are dealing with a lot of turnover right now in the starting lineup. Now, Deron Williams and Brook Lopez are coming off the bench after coming back from injury, and it doesn’t look like Lionel Hollins is going to put them back in. That’s nearly $35 million a year coming off the bench.

The Kings on the other hand are back trending upward. Even though they almost blew a game against the Knicks on Saturday, they have DeMarcus Cousins back from his stint with meningitis and another illness, and tonight against the Nets, Cousins should have no issues getting through the Nets defense and scoring. Even though Brooklyn’s defense Cousins is beginning to join Anthony Davis as guys who can score whenever they want.

The Kings are 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games, and most of those were without Cousins. They are also 12-5-1 ATS in their last 18 games as a road underdog in NBA odds. While the Nets haven’t been bad ATS recently going 4-1 in their last five, the Kings have the best two players on the floor in Cousins and Rudy Gay, and the Nets have very little to throw at them.

Free NBA Pick: Kings +1 ½ 

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