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.
<p style="text-align:center"> <style type="text/css"><!-- br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;} --></style> <span style="font-size:13px;font-family:arial,sans,sans-serif;color:#000000;text-align:left"></span></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em"><a target="_blank" title="NBA Picks: Pacers vs. Trail Blazers" href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/nba-picks-pacers-vs-trailblazers-a-35457/">Indiana Pacers vs. Portland Trail Blazers</a></b></p> <p><b><i>Covered by David Lawrence</i></b></p> <p>The game of the night features Portland and Indiana, both of whom are off to incredibly good starts this season.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>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.<b style="font-size:1em"><i> </i></b></p> <p>David Lawrence has analyzed this matchup and he thinks the best value for our <a href="/nba-basketball/" title="Free NBA Picks &amp; Basketball Betting Predictions" target="_blank">NBA picks</a> lies in backing Portland. They're home underdogs and have the fresher legs since this will be Indiana's third game in four nights. <b><i></i></b></p> <p>[gameodds]5/248819/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]</p> <p><b><a target="_blank" title="NBA Picks: Hawks vs. Spurs" href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/nba-picks-hawks-vs-spurs-a-35461/">Atlanta Hawks vs. San Antonio Spurs</a><i></i></b></p> <p><b><i>Covered by Jason Lake</i></b><b style="font-size:1em"><i> </i></b></p> <p>Though the Hawks haven't been too shabby this season, they could very easily run into a buzz-saw in San Antonio tonight. The <a href="/betting-odds/nba-basketball/" title="Live NBA Odds &amp; Basketball Betting Lines" target="_blank">NBA odds</a> show San Antonio favored by 12.5 points at the <a target="_blank" title="Sportsbook Review: Who should you trust with your money?" href="">sportsbooks</a>.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>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.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>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.<b><i></i></b></p> <p><b><i>[gameodds]5/248817/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds] </i></b></p> <p><b><a target="_blank" title="NBA Picks: Rockets vs. Jazz" href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/nba-picks-rockets-vs-jazz-monday-night-a-35469/">Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz</a><i></i></b></p> <p><b><i>Covered by Jeff Grant</i></b><b style="font-size:1em"><i> </i></b></p> <p>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). </p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">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.</span><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>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.</p> <p>[gameodds]5/248818/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]</p> <p><b><a target="_blank" title="NBA Picks: Pelicans vs. Bulls" href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/nba-picks-n-o-pelicans-vs-chicago-bulls-a-35465/">New Orleans Pelicans vs. Chicago Bulls</a><i></i></b></p> <p><b><i>Covered by Steven Suarez</i></b></p> <p>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.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>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.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>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. <b><i></i></b></p> <p>[gameodds]5/248816/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]</p> <p><b><a target="_blank" title="NBA Picks: Magic vs. Bulls" href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/nba-picks-magic-vs-wizards-a-35464/">Orlando Magic vs. Washington Wizards</a><i></i></b></p> <p><b><i>Covered by Jason Lake</i></b></p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>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.</p> [gameodds]5/248815/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]
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