O/U NBA Picks: Our Best Total Plays To Boost The Bankroll

Ross Benjamin

Monday, January 18, 2016 6:10 PM UTC

Monday, Jan. 18, 2016 6:10 PM UTC

Our NBA handicapping professional shares his two top totals picks on Monday’s card. Go inside to find out what those NBA picks are, and why he’s opted to wager on them.

Orlando Magic vs. Atlanta Hawks 5:05 PM ET
Orlando has gone 5-2 over the total versus fellow Southeast division teams this season, and shot a stellar 47.5% from the field in those contests. Monday will be just their third game in ten days, and that includes three days of rest heading into today. That type of rest usually promotes both fresh legs and good shooting.

Atlanta has gone 12-3 over the total during its previous fifteen games. They’ve also gone over the number in six of their last seven home games. The Hawks have shot an outstanding 48.5% from the floor over their past five contests.

Both of these teams are excellent from the free throw line. Atlanta converts on 79.4% of their attempts, and Orlando is at 77.5%. I like this contest to be a high scoring affair, and one of my Monday NBA picks will be indicative of that forecast.

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NBA Pick: Over 199.5 
Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker


Golden State Warriros vs. Cleveland Cavaliers 8:05 PM ET
These teams met on Christmas Day in their only meeting of the season thus far, Golden State came away with an 89-83 win, and the game easily stayed under the total of 207.5. Going back to the 2015 NBA Finals, Golden State has pretty much shut down Cleveland on the defensive end. Since the second game of that NBA Finals series, Golden State has held Cleveland to 97 points or less seven consecutive times.

Cleveland has allowed 100 points or less in 19 of their last 23 games, and went 16-7 under the total in those contests. The Cavaliers are coming off a 91-77 win at Houston in their previous outing. They’re averaging 101.4 points scored per game this season, and Golden State is allowing 102.7 points per game.

Any home team (Cleveland) with a total of 200.0 to 209.5, coming off a game in which there was a combined 175 points or less being scored, and they average 98.0 to 102.0 points per contest, versus an opponent (Golden State) that allows 102.0 points or more per game, resulted in those contests going 35-10 (77.8%) under the total since 1996. There were 31 (70.5%) of those games that went under the total by 7.0 points or more, and a combined average of 196.0 points scored per contest. The NBA odds provide me with a best combination of number and price for this specific NBA pick.

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NBA Pick: Under 209
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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