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It’s a nice slate of NBA games across the NBA on Monday but it is a bit lighter with eight games taking place. Let’s breakdown and give away a free play on each of the games. 

Orlando Magic at Detroit Pistons

The Orlando Magic were able to pull off a big upset over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night by a point and now they face off with the Detroit Pistons who have struggled this season.In the Pistons last game, the Magic could only score 94 points and i’ts going to be their lack of scoring that lets them down in this game. Back the Magic to come away with a win and a cover of the spread. A look at the under is also a strong play.

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Play: Magic ATS

Indiana Pacers at Washington Wizards

The Pacers have been up and down this season but in their last game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the offense was elite scoring 152 points and that led to a blowout victory. Even though they had success they are facing a Wizards team who have looked good as of late. The Wizards had won two games in a row before losing their last game against the Mavericks by a point. In this game, I expect both teams are going to find that offensive success again and the over will cash with ease. 

Play: Over

Golden State Warriors at New Orleans Pelicans

The Pelicans are playing really good as of late and they have won three of their last four games. In the last game it took overtime to get the job done to beat the Timberwolves. Steph Curry is running up the score and he is going to have no issue getting the job done against a team that doesn’t play a whole lot of defense. This game is going to be a shootout that goes well over the posted total. 

Play: Over

Portland Trail Blazers at Atlanta Hawks 

The Trail Blazers are hot coming into this game but their legs are going to be tired after playing the Boston Celtics on Sunday. The Atlanta Hawks defense was impressive in the last game against the Bulls giving up 97 points. In this game the Hawks defense is going to do enough to slow down the Trail Blazers offense and get the job done. Back the Hawks ATS

Play: Hawks ATS

Philadelphia 76ers at Chicago Bulls

Zach LaVine is still in the COVID protocol and without him the team has really had issues scoring the rock. There is a chance that LaVine that can go in this game, but at this point that seems to be doubtful. Each of the last three games, LaVine has scored 98 runs or less. The 76ers have had no issues running up the score and they are going to have no issue getting the job done in this game. Back the 76ers against the spead. 

Pick: 76ers ATS

New York Knicks at Memphis Grizzlies

The Knicks are playing on Sunday night and I expect that is going to be the difference in this game. Even though the Grizzlies offense hasn’t been as strong as of late, against tired legs, this is going to be a good chance for Ja Morant to have a big game. Look for the Grizzlies to win this game. Back the Grizzlies against the spread. 

Play: Grizzlies ATS

San Antonio Spurs at Utah Jazz

The Utah Jazz seem to be going through a little bit of a funk as of late and even in the las game they only beat the Toronto Raptors by four points. The Spurs are playing on Sunday against the Philadelphia 76ers, but I still think they are going to find the offense to keep this game close. This is the same Spurs team that took the Celtics to overtime two games ago. Back the Spurs against the spread. 

Play: Spurs ATS

Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Lakers

This is a game I don’t love and it’s hard to predict without knowing the status of LeBron James. James has made it clear that he isn’t 100 percent so it’s hard to imagine he is going to play on the second night of a back to back. In the Nuggets last game on Saturday they were able to beat the Clippers by six points and they are going to find the offensive success again in this game. Michael Porter Jr is going to have a big game and the Nuggets will come away with a cover of the spread. 

Play: Nuggets ATS

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