We have betting tips for three of the best NBA games on Monday.
Our feature games include Celtics vs Hornets, Wizards vs Nets and Trail Blazers vs Clippers, which provide punters with excellent betting opportunities.
NBA Betting Picks
Boston Celtics vs Charlotte Hornets @ Spectrum Centre
It hasn’t been an easy start for the Boston Celtics and their new coach. They are 0-2 after losses to New York and Toronto, however, the opening night loss to the Knicks took some stuffing out of them.
The double-overtime loss took its toll when facing the Raptors, and staying on the road won’t help their chances either. However, we don’t expect the Celtics to struggle for too much longer.
Jaylen Brown has been fantastic to start the season, averaging 27.5 points. He, along with Jayson Tatum, are a good enough one-two combination to give any team worries.
Charlotte is 2-0 after beating Indiana and Cleveland. The level of opposition hasn’t been strong, but LaMelo Ball has looked excellent with 24 points per game.
There won’t be much between the Celtics and Hornets, but we’re giving the edge to the Celtics. They should bounce back and start stringing wins together, and the Hornets could be there for the taking.
Punters could get value odds for the road team in this situation.
Bet: Boston Celtics
Washington Wizards vs Brooklyn Nets @ Barclays Centre
Washington has made an impressive start to the season at 2-0. It scored wins over Toronto and Indiana, so it was a much better start than expected.
The Wizards had to go to overtime against Indiana, which could take its toll, especially against an up-tempo Nets outfit.
The Nets started their season with a hefty loss to the defending champions Milwaukee Bucks, but it was good to see them rebound against the Philadelphia 76ers on the road.
It was a much-needed win for their confidence, and it happened with a 17-1 late run. The Nets looked held, but Kevin Durant and James Harden caught fire down the stretch.
Brooklyn are tough to beat because it can score in bunches, and although Washington is a similar team, we don’t think the likes of Spencer Dinwiddie and Kyle Kuzma can keep up.
Take Brooklyn to cover the spread on Tuesday, and there could be value in markets for Durant to be top scorer.
Bet: Brooklyn Nets
Portland Trail Blazers vs Los Angeles Clippers @ STAPLES Centre
It has been a rough start for the Clippers without Kawhi Leonard. They looked good on opening night against Golden State, but they were unable to come up with the goods.
The two-point loss was a tough one to take, and that carried over to their game against the Memphis Grizzlies. They lost 120-114 at home after Ja Morant went off, but they should start winning games soon.
Portland is 1-1 after thrashing the Phoenix Suns 134-105. The Blazers offence was on full display, and it has been CJ McCollum doing most of the work. McCollum is averaging 31 points per game, and they also have Damian Lillard on the team.
Expectations are tapered for the Blazers, but we think they’ll be tough to beat. They have two elite scorers, and the Clippers haven’t been able to get any traction in preseason, and into the regular season.
Until Leonard returns, we think they could struggle to beat high-scoring teams like Portland. Take the Blazers to win, and punters should get value odds.
Bet: Portland Trail Blazers
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