Pair of NBA Picks for Your Monday Night Betting Ticket

Jordan Sharp

Monday, November 24, 2014 2:14 PM GMT

The NBA returns in force over the next three days before Thanksgiving. Seven good games with nice NBA odds tonight, and I have found my favorite two to make my NBA Picks of the day. 

Blazers vs. Sixers
A night after edging out the Celtics on the road last night, the Blazers head into Philadelphia to play the winless Sixers. The NBA odds have the Blazers as -12 favorites, with a total of 203. Even though it looks as if the Blazers will win this one no problem, I am a bit worried about the spread. At -12, it’s quite large, even for the Blazers. They are coming off of the back to back, which at this point in the season might start taking its’ toll. The Sixers are dying for a win this season, and while I don’t think they’ll get one tonight, they could get close against a team that is on a long road trip, and is coming off of the back to back. They are the best team ATS right now, but it’s tough for me to trust them here to cover.

Instead, the total looks like the safer, and more valuable wager. At 203, it’s somewhat low for the Blazers coming off of the back to back. Portland has already cashed the over in both of their games coming off of a game the night before, and last season they were 11-9 cashing the over coming off the back to back. Against a defense like the Sixers’, who are giving up over 105 points per game, the Blazers should have no issue getting well into the 100s. Even though Portland’s defense has been good this season, I think they might relax some against this bottom feeder team. Take the over and add it to your NBA Picks.

Free NBA Pick: OVER 200 at Bovada

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Suns vs. Raptors
One of the nicer intra-conference matchups tonight is the Raptors playing host to the Suns. The NBA Odds have the home team as a solid -5 favorite, but once again I’m laying off the spread and going with the total of 208. The Raptors’ defense has been ok this season, but not up to par with what they were a season ago. However it looks like all they needed was a game against the most hyped team in the East, the Cavs. The Raptors held the Cavs to only 93 points, and now rank 6th in the NBA in points allowed at less than 95 points per game.

Now with the Suns coming into town, all the Raptors need to do is lock down on their plethora of guards, and the under should cash again for the Raptors. Even though both teams have cashed the over far more than the under, with a large total of 208, I think it’s time to start a wager on the other way of this one. The under has cashed in five of the last seven games the Raptors have played against a team with a winning record, and the under is 18-8 in the Suns’ last 26 games against teams with a winning SU record. Take the under and add it to your NBA picks for Monday.

Free NBA Pick: UNDER 208 at 5Dimes

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