Fast Break: Will Giannis Antetokounmpo And Anthony Davis Suit Up For Monday’s NBA Picks?

Jordan Sharp

Monday, October 29, 2018 2:45 PM UTC

Monday, Oct. 29, 2018 2:45 PM UTC

It’s time for another huge slate of NBA betting and there are still several bits of news and injuries you need to be aware of before placing your bets.

After a lackluster Sunday of NBA action, Monday brings us nine NBA games, and seemingly all of the have an area to find some edge. Injuries are piling up as we enter the third week of the season and knowing which ones to exploit tonight will make the difference between winning and losing your NBA Picks.

Questionable MVP Candidates

The two biggest storylines heading in to Monday’s games is whether or not Anthony Davis and Giannis Antetokounmpo will be able to play for their respective teams.

Davis was ruled out for the Pelicans over the weekend with an elbow injury, and they looked pretty awful in that game, losing to the Jazz by more than 20 points. Elfrid Payton also was injured in that game, and without him and potentially Davis tonight, the Nuggets are looking like a better bet by the minute.

If Davis can’t play, the Pelicans are a lottery team without him. Davis is that important on both ends of the court, and it showed against the Jazz by them allowing 132 points. If Davis is out again, feel free to fade New Orleans.

Giannis Antetokounmpo also is questionable leading in to Monday’s game after he sustained a head contusion after being elbowed in the head over the weekend. There were no reports of a concussion, so the chances of him playing seem good. The NBA odds right now have the Bucks as +2 home underdogs against the Raptors, and if Antetokounmpo is able to play, that may not be a bad play.

Despite the Raptors playing amazing basketball to start the season, Milwaukee is a bad matchup for them on both ends of the court. Keep an eye on the Greek Freak’s shootaround status this afternoon, because that may be the first hint or answer we get on his playing status on Monday.

The OVER Still Rules ... For Now

High scores have been the talk of the NBA over the first two weeks of the season. The average points scored per game right now is up to roughly 112 points per game, and all 30 NBA teams are averaging more than 100 points per game.

Once teams get more tape on one another and get into their second and third matchups with some of these teams, the scoring is going to go down. However, through the first two weeks of the season, the over has cashed at 51-34, which is a success rate of 60 percent.

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— Martin (@MVJohnson) October 29, 2018
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Tonight, the sportsbooks are taking no chances either. There are nine games and five of them have totals of 227 points or higher. The most intriguing total might come from the Bulls and Warriors.

Chicago’s defense is atrocious to start the season, allowing 115 points per 100 possessions. They may end up as one of the worst defensive teams in the NBA this season, and I suspect the Warriors are going to drop about 130 points on them tonight. Their implied total is 120, but it would not surprise me to see them in All Star Game-levels of points tonight.

Monday NBA Betting Trends
  • The Hawks are 5-2 ATS against the Sixers over the last three years
  • The Blazers and 3-1 SU and ATS versus the Pacers since 2016
  • The OVER is 3-1 in the last four meetings between the Heat and Kings
  • The Knicks are 7-2 ATS in their last nine games against the Nets
  • The UNDER is 3-1 in the last four games between the Bulls and Warriors
  • The OVER is 5-3 in the last eight meetings between the Lakers and Wolves
  • The Wolves are 5-3 ATS and 6-2 SU in their last eight games against the Lakers
  • The Mavericks are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games against the Spurs
  • The OVER is 5-2 in the last seven games between the Pelicans and Nuggets
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