NBA Odds: Upset Alerts & Relevant Betting Trends for Monday Night

Matthew Jordan

Monday, December 7, 2015 5:01 PM GMT

Nine games on the NBA schedule Monday night. If you choose to watch hoops instead of "Monday Night Football." Here are three underdogs I like to odd to our NBA picks.

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Detroit Pistons At Charlotte Hornets (-3.5, 195.5 On NBA Odds)
It's the second of a back-to-back for Detroit as the Pistons routed the visiting Los Angeles Lakers 111-91 on  Sunday night. Andre Drummond, who has been a double-double machine this season, had another one with 18 points and 15 rebounds in the Pistons' fourth straight win. It was Drummond's 12th game this season already with at least 15 points and 15 rebounds. The Pistons swept a four-game homestand, beating the Rockets, Suns, Bucks and Lakers. Detroit is now 12-9, the first time the team has been three games over .500 since starting 3-0. Charlotte (11-8) is off a minor upset win, 102-96 in Chicago on Saturday. Nic Batum had 12 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and added 11 rebounds. So why would I recommend Detroit here even though it's playing its second game in two nights? Because of Drummond. Normally Charlotte would have a big guy who could help keep Drummond in check in Al Jefferson, one of the best post players in the NBA. But Jefferson is out a few more weeks with a left calf strain. Thus I expect the Pistons to control the boards and they are 10-2 this season when outrebounding their opponents and winless whey not. This is the first meeting of the season between the teams; they split last year, each going 1-1 at home. Hornets coach Steve Clifford was an assistant coach under now Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy with the Orlando Magic from 2007-12.

NBA Trend: The Pistons are 8-2 ATS in their past 10 in Charlotte.

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Washington Wizards At Miami Heat (-8.5, 194.5 In NBA Betting)
This might be a bit of a letdown game for Miami as it comes off big home wins over Oklahoma City and Cleveland on Thursday and  Saturday, respectively. The Heat did catch a break in that LeBron James sat out that Cavs game -- you knew LeBron was going to get the second of a back-to-back off at times this season but I was certainly surprised he took the night off in his return to Miami. The Heat set season highs for first-quarter (34) and first-half (60) scoring. It's the second of a back-to-back for Washington as it lost at home to Dallas on Sunday, 116-104. Hey, at least that means the players weren't out partying on South Beach on Sunday night. John Wall had 28 points, 10 assists and five steals in the loss. He injured his right hand in a collision with Dallas'  Jeremy Evans but X-rays were negative. If he doesn't play that could change things. The Wizards are expected to be without big men Marcin Gortat (family emergency), Nene (calf), Kris Humphries (ankle) and Drew Gooden (calf).

NBA Trend: The Heat have covered just five of their past 21 following a double-digit win.

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Portland Trail Blazers At Milwaukee Bucks (+1.5, 198 For NBA Picks)
Portland enters on a two-game winning streak and won in Minnesota 109-103 on Saturday to start a four-game road trip. But that win might have sapped all the energy from the Blazers as they had to rally from a 17-point deficit in the third quarter. Portland star Damian Lillard banged his knee during the game, but he shook it off to finish with 19 points, including the game-clinching layup. Milwaukee is off a 106-91 home win over the Knicks on Saturday. The Bucks were down three point guards due to injury in Jerryd Bayless, Greivis Vasquez and Tyler Ennis. So Michael Carter-Williams, who has lost his starting job, stepped it up with 20 points and five assists off the bench. Portland and Milwaukee split the season series in 2014-15, with each team winning its home game. Lillard averaged a team-high 24.0 points on 43.2% shooting. Milwaukee is 3-1 in its past four home games against Portland. I could see Blazers looking past this game and to a big one Tuesday in Cleveland.

NBA Trend: The Bucks are 7-1 ATS in the past eight meetings.

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