NBA Picks: Monday's Basketball Betting Odds Report

Monday, December 2, 2013 4:03 PM UTC

Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 4:03 PM UTC

There are five games on the schedule tonight and we're covering each one of them. Let's see how the NBA odds are stacking up.

Indiana Pacers vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Covered by David Lawrence

The game of the night features Portland and Indiana, both of whom are off to incredibly good starts this season. 

The Pacers have the NBA's best record at 16-1 and have to be feeling good after a great road win over the Clippers last night. Indiana enters with a 13-4 ATS record. As for the Trail Blazers, they're 14-3 SU and 12-5 ATS. They held on to beat the Lakers last night despite a complete collapse in the fourth quarter. 

David Lawrence has analyzed this matchup and he thinks the best value for our NBA picks lies in backing Portland. They're home underdogs and have the fresher legs since this will be Indiana's third game in four nights.


Atlanta Hawks vs. San Antonio Spurs

Covered by Jason Lake 

Though the Hawks haven't been too shabby this season, they could very easily run into a buzz-saw in San Antonio tonight. The NBA odds show San Antonio favored by 12.5 points at the sportsbooks

The Spurs have lost only once at home, but they're an even 4-4 ATS. The Hawks are 4-6 SU and 5-5 ATS on the road this season. 

Atlanta's front-court, featuring Al Horford and Paul Millsap, is formidable, but San Antonio continues to hum along like normal. This is a lot of chalk though and Jason Lake isn't convinced that the Spurs can cover – he'll be on the Hawks to make this thing competitive enough to stay within the number.


Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz

Covered by Jeff Grant 

These teams couldn't be performing any differently. The Jazz are 3-15 SU (8-9-1 ATS) and the Rockets are 13-5 SU (11-6-1 ATS).

Utah will be at home here and in seasons past that's translated into a formidable advantage. However, this year everything has changed: the Jazz are rebuilding for the future and have gone only 2-6 SU and 4-4 ATS inside EnergySolutions Arena. 

When we look over the sports betting lines, we find Houston favored by either 7.5 or 8 points. Jeff Grant likes the look of a first-half play though and is putting his faith in Utah to come out swinging in the first 24 minutes.


New Orleans Pelicans vs. Chicago Bulls

Covered by Steven Suarez

The Bulls are just trying to survive the storm now that Derrick Rose is lost for the year. They've having a tough time, winning five of their last six, but will hope to turn the corner back at home. 

The Pelicans should be riding pretty high after going into Madison Square Garden and beating the woeful Knicks last night. Tonight, however, they're 6.5-point underdogs. 

After looking closely at this one, I think our best course of action is to take a chance on Chicago. They're struggling to score, but we know we're always going to get a good defensive effort out of Tom Thibodeau's crew.


Orlando Magic vs. Washington Wizards

Covered by Jason Lake

If you didn't know, the Wizards are playing good ball. They've won four of five and are 6-2 SU over their last eight, a run that includes home wins over Minnesota, Atlanta, New York and the LA Lakers.

Let's see if Washington can keep up their good fortunes against an Orlando team that's been off since a 109-91 loss to San Antonio on Friday. The Magic are 6-10 SU and 8-8 ATS, while cashing in four of six road contests this season. 

As for our recommendation, Jason Lake believes we should lay the number and back another good effort out of John Wall and company at home.

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