NBA Picks for Monday 16th: Top Total Plays of the Night

Joe Catalano

Monday, March 16, 2015 2:04 PM UTC

Monday, Mar. 16, 2015 2:04 PM UTC

There's a full slate of NBA games for bettors to tackle this Monday. A couple of games are on my radar where the betting total is concerned. We provide you the picks that will put money in your pockets.

Cleveland Cavaliers (43-25) vs. Miami Heat (29-36)

The King is Questionable
I certainly can't see Lebron James missing this game in South Beach after losing the first game at his old stomping grounds and being outplayed by Dwayne Wade. With Chris Bosh out for the season, these two teams are in two totally different places than they were earlier in the season. Cleveland has developed a chemistry under head coach David Blatt and this is Lebron's chance to stick it to the Heat.

Kevin Love sat out his last game with the Cavs just to be rested, therefore he should be ready to go tonight. Kyrie Irving has been playing out of this world lately, averaging 45 points in his last 2 games. Look for Irving to have another big game as that 57 point performance against San Antonio has made him a different player and James doesn't mind deferring to the former University of Duke player. That said, I look for Lebron to take matters into his own hands where the Heat are concerned. He doesn't like to be embarrassed and is still striving to be MVP of the league.


D. Wade's Team
Where the Heat are concerned, you're going to see a lot of Dwayne Wade. Wade was on fire in the Heat's first game at South Beach against the Cavaliers and without Chris Bosh, he even has more pressure on him.

In his last 3 games, Dwayne Wade is averaging 29 points per game. One thing that the Heat didn't have the first time that these two teams met at South Beach was Hassan Whiteside. Look for the double-double specialist to be a factor in a game in which there's clearly plenty of offense. This game should skyrocket over the reasonable NBA odds total of 204.5.

NBA Pick- Over 200 at 5 Dimes


Denver Nuggets (26-41) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (46-20)

A Tired Bunch
After a double overtime 118-111 Denver win in which the Unibrow took the Nuggets to school, I expect them to see dragging in tonight's matchup against the best defense in the NBA in the Memphis Grizzlies That said, Denver is starting to find their way as Danilo Gallinari is starting to play like he did before he was originally injured and Kenneth Faried is also playing well.

In his last 2 games, Faried has elevated his game to 22.points and 13.5 rebounds per game and he will need it as he faces the Twin Towers in Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol. Gallinari is a player that has appeared to revive his career. In his last 10 games, he's averaging 17.4 point and 4.6 rebounds on the season. This game won't be as it easy as it appears for the Grizzlies. Mike Conley Jr. didn't play on Saturday with an ankle injury and the Grizzlies need him to play tonight as Ty Lawson is quickly developing into one of the better point guards in the league. As of now, Conley Jr's status is up in the air, I expect Denver to keep up the momentum, even though tired, from last night's amazing win. Take the over for your NBA picks as the total is low because this is a Grizzlies game.

NBA Pick- Under 197.5 at 5 Dimes

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