NBA Picks: Monday Basketball Picks & Predictions

Jordan Sharp

Monday, March 24, 2014 11:25 AM GMT

With the NCAA Tournament taking a break from their first few rounds, the NBA has a huge slate of 10 games this Monday evening, and this late in the season, the schedule looks packed with NBA Odds value.

Suns vs. Hawks
The first game to tip off tonight is the Suns heading into Atlanta for their second and final meeting with the Hawks. In their first meeting against one anther just a little over three weeks ago, the Suns ended up winning in Phoenix 129-120, in a very fast-paced game. Now in Atlanta, will tired legs ruin this potentially high scoring affair?

The NBA Odds have the Hawks as +1 home underdogs tonight, with a total exactly 2 ½ points less than their first meeting. At 214 points, I think a play on the over might be great value considering they are both tired, and the score of their first matchup this season. Neither team is very good ATS or SU on the second night of a back to back, however that could help an over wager. 

Off the back to back, the Hawks are 11-7 cashing the over this season, and Atlanta is also 16-10-1 cashing the over in inter-conference games this year. The Suns on the other hand have been road favorites only six times this season, but in those games they have cashed the over at 4-2. 

Atlanta has been solid cashing the over at home, and in what should be a fast paced game, I see 214 being a bargain for our NBA picks tonight. Even though both teams played in the afternoon yesterday, at this point in the season, a back to back is hard no matter the few extra hours in between games. 

My Pick: OVER 214

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Bucks vs. Clippers
The Bucks are another team that had to play on Sunday, and now this Monday evening, they are a +15 ½ underdog to the Clippers, with a total of 209 points. The Bucks got blasted by the Kings in Sacramento last night as +7 underdogs, and now as +15 ½ dogs, I still think they will get blasted.

The Clippers have had a day off to rest, and for the Clippers, that makes them a completely different team. The Clippers are 26-14-1 ATS (33-8 SU) this season when playing on a day’s rest, and against the Bucks tonight, it wouldn’t surprise me to see 110 or more points scored by the deep LA offense. 

The Bucks have been abysmal all season, but even more so on no rest. Milwaukee is only 3-16 SU, and 7-12 ATS on the second night of a back to back, and while the Bucks have little to play for, the Clippers are trying to hold on to home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

The Clippers have covered their last three games against the Bucks, including their one meeting already this season, and I see them doing the same tonight. If Milwaukee can’t even stay competitive with the Kings on the road, they won’t be able to against LA. The Clippers are a solid 16-13 ATS this season when playing the Eastern Conference, and I look for them to add to that win column tonight. 

My Pick: Clippers -15 ½

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