The Bet: Pistons +10.5 (-106, Sugarhouse)
The Hawks beat Detroit by exactly 8 points both times these teams faced off in Atlanta last season. Both teams have had rocky starts to the season as Detroit has already lost twice to a possibly mediocre Chicago Bulls team and the Hawks already have a loss to a probably mediocre Cleveland team.
Atlanta is one of the healthiest teams in the league right now, while the Pistons have not yet had number one overall pick Cade Cunningham play his first NBA minutes. Dating back to last season, the Pistons have lost 7 straight games and have failed to cover in all 7 of those games.
Atlanta has one of the most impressive victories of the young season, beating Dallas 113-87 in their opening game of the season. Detroit just doesn’t enough firepower to match Atlanta, with or without Cade Cunningham.
The Bet: Milwaukee -3.5 (-105, Draftkings)
The Bucks swept the Pacers last season, absolutely demolishing them twice at home, by 20 and 27 points, before winning a shootout in Indiana in April, 142-133, in a game where the Bucks were -9 road favorites.
The Bucks have already suffered an eye-opening loss this season, losing by 42 points in Miami. That woke Milwaukee up as the team had its foot on the pedal all game in San Antonio on Saturday night, beating a young Spurs team by 10 points.
Milwaukee may not have Brook Lopez or Bobby Portis on Monday night but the Pacers’ injuries, missing TJ Warren and Caris LeVert are more significant currently. The Bucks are 8-1 against the Pacers in their past 9 matchups and have covered in 7 of those games.
The Bet: Denver -10.5 (-110, FanDuel)
This game features an unstoppable force, the Denver Nuggets at home, versus an extremely movable object, that being the Cleveland Cavaliers on the road. The last time Cleveland covered on the road was last April, when they won in Charlotte as +3 underdogs. Since then the Cavaliers have lost outright and ATS in nine straight road games.
When these teams met in Denver last season, the Nuggets crushed Cleveland 133-95 as a -9.5 home favorite. Their contest in Cleveland wasn’t much more competitive, with Denver winning 120-103 as a -9 favorite.
Overall, the Cavs have lost 15 of their last 17 games entering Monday and have covered in just three of those games. Denver is 2-0 this season, covering a +6 line in an outright 110-98 win over the Suns and then winning by 6 as a -7.5 home favorite against the Spurs.
If Darius Garland, who missed Cleveland’s most recent game with an ankle injury, doesn’t suit up, this could get as ugly as last year’s game was.
The Bet: Washington +8 (-111, UniBet)
The Wizards stunned the Nets twice last season in what were two of the better games of the NBA season. Washington went into Brooklyn on January 3 and beat Brooklyn 123-122 as +7.5 road underdogs. The Wizards would win a classic against Brooklyn last that month at home, beating Brooklyn 149-146.
Of course there are multiple key participants from that game not playing on Monday night, ie. Kyrie Irving who scored 26 that night but isn’t allowed in his home arena currently and Russell Westbrook, who scored 41 with 8 rebounds and 10 assists that night, but now plays for the Lakers. However, the Wizards have gotten off to an excellent start this season, blowing out Toronto and beating the Pacers.
Washington may be missing Bradley Beal with a hip injury on Monday, which explains this line, but the Wizards have an endless array of wings in Kyle Kuzma, Davis Bertans, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Deni Avdija, and rookie Corey Kispert that will force the Nets to guard the three point line all night. The Nets are also on a back-to-back here while the Wizards have Sunday off.