NBA Picks: Pair of ATS Plays for Monday's Action

Jordan Sharp

Monday, December 8, 2014 12:31 PM GMT

Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 12:31 PM GMT

There is a nice slate of NBA action on Monday night, and with some good games comes valuable NBA Odds. I have found my two best NBA Picks of the day, and I am releasing them to you absolutely free of charge. 

Hawks vs. Pacers
The Hawks are a good team, and no one seems to notice. Even though the Pacers are getting healthier, they are not a better team than the Hawks, but the NBA Odds list the Pacers as -1 ½ favorites tonight with a total of 192 ½. Atlanta is going to have trouble with the frontcourt of the Pacers. Roy Hibbert and David West are a bad matchup for Paul Millsap and Al Horford, but I could say the same about the Hawks’ bigs on the offensive end. Earlier in the season Horford dropped 20 points on Hibbert, and Jeff Teague led the way for the Hawks. With George Hill still out, the Hawks’ backcourt might be the x-factor in this game, and I see it leading to a Hawks cover.

Atlanta is 11-8 ATS this season, and quietly is well on their way to a solid playoff spot in the East with consistent play. They are also 4-1 ATS in their last five games on the road, and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. Teague should once again abuse whoever is running the point for the Pacers, and while Hibbert should have a big game, I expect the Hawks to have about three or four guys with big games.

My NBA Pick: Hawks +1 ½

Warriors vs. Wolves
As much as it pains me to say this, the Warriors are the best team in the NBA right now. They currently hold the best record in the league, and they are running through almost every team they face. On the other side of them tonight is the Wolves, who gave up a win to the previously winless Sixers, and with all of their injuries, they are probably the worst team in the NBA right now. Their defense is almost non-existent, and tonight against the Warriors, I think Golden State could rest two or three starters and still cover this spread.

The NBA Odds have the Warriors as a -12-½-road favorite, but with the Warriors covering four of their last five road games, I am confident they can win by 13 or more in Minnesota. Stephen Curry is going to tear Zach LaVine up, and even if Mo Williams returns from his back injury, Curry will probably dominate him as well. The Wolves are only 1-4 ATS in their last five games, and even with Thad Young back in the lineup after the death of his mother, this team looks like they’ll end up as one of the higher lottery teams. If they played in the East it might be different, but playing a tough West schedule, this team is going to face a lot of double digit spreads this season. I am offering the Warriors at -12.5 as the second of my free NBA picks, as I am not frightened by the large lines posted for this game.

My NBA Pick: Warriors -12 ½ 

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