Bears vs Redskins NFL betting picks and predictions: Ground game to ignite Bears offense

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The Chicago Bears came into this season with Super Bowl aspirations but have stumbled to a 1-1 record thanks to a stagnant offense. They’ll hope to get that offense revved up on Monday night as they take on a Washington Redskins team that has started the year 0-2. From the first whistle to the last we break down the odds with our best bets and predictions for Monday Night Football.

CHICAGO BEARS AT WASHINTON REDSKINS (+4.5, 41)

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The Bears offense has really struggled through the first two games of the year, scoring just a single touchdown. One bright spot has been the emergence of second-year kicker Eddy Pineiro who has connected on all four of his field goal attempts including one from 53 yards out last week.

While the Redskins have scored seven TDs so far this year they’re going to have a much harder time getting into the endzone against this Bears stop unit. Bet on the first score of the game being a field goal.

PICK: First Score Method – Field Goal (+100)

FIRST HALF BET

Both of these teams have problems on offense. Washington quarterback Case Keenum has actually played pretty well through the first two weeks but he doesn’t have much in the way of weapons (although ten years ago Adrian Peterson and Vernon Davis would have been great). He’s going to get beaten up against Khalil Mack and company, especially with Washington’s best offensive lineman Trent Williams still holding out.

Despite going second overall in the 2017 draft, Chicago QB Trubisky hasn’t progressed as hoped. Actually that’s an understatement: Trubisky has averaged just 4.8 yards per attempt this season which is barely more than what the Bears average per carry (4.5 yards per rush). That’s exactly as awful as it sounds. Expect both offenses to struggle early and take the 1H Under.

PICK: First Half Under 20 (-105)

TEAM/PLAYER PROP

Bears running back David Montgomery came into this season with pretty high expectations for a third round draft pick and although he only received six carries in Week 1 he received a bigger workload in Week 2, rumbling for 62 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries.

This is the perfect spot for Bears coach Matt Nagy to unleash his rookie, with Washington second-last in the NFL in run defense, allowing an average of 168 yards per game on the ground. Take the Over on Montgomery’s rushing yards total.

PICK: David Montgomery Over 59.5 rushing yards (-115)

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Not only will these teams struggle to score early, they’ll probably have a hard time putting points on the board all day. The Bears have a terrific defensive unit and will make life miserable for Keenum. When Chicago gets the ball expect them to rely on their run game with Montgomery and control the clock.

Add in the fact that the Bears rank 25th in the league with 60.5 plays per game and the Skins rank 28th with 56.5, and you have all the makings for a slow-paced matchup.

The Under is 7-0 in the Bears last seven games going back to last season and I’m backing it again on Monday night.

PICK: Under 41

FULL GAME SIDE

Like we’ve mentioned a few times, the Bears offense has looked really bad. But even they should be able to move the chains – at least slightly – against a Redskins defense that has allowed the third-most yards (455 yards per game) and the second-most points (31.5 ppg) in the league.

The Bears still have the talent to get their offense in sync and emerge as Super Bowl contenders while the Redskins are one of the worst teams in the league and are really just biding time until they can hand the reigns of their team over to rookie QB Dwayne Haskins.

The Bears are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games while the Redskins are 1-4 ATS in their previous five contests at home. Take the Bears to win and cover.

PICK: Chicago -4.5

VanVleet picks up where he left off in the playoffs, and the NBA bets you need to make Tuesday

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Opening day of the 2019-20 NBA season is here with the defending champion Toronto Raptors hosting the New Orleans Pelicans. The late matchup pairs the top two choices to win it all, according to the NBA betting odds, with the Los Angeles Lakers taking on the new-look Los Angeles Clippers. 

If you’re betting on the NBA openers, we have the best bets and prop predictions for Tuesday’s two games.

BIG CHANGES IN THE BIG EASY

The Pelicans sport one of the most overhauled rosters in the NBA after trading Anthony Davis to the Lakers in exchange for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and draft picks. New Orleans then selected Zion Williamson first overall in the draft, but unfortunately, his debut will have to wait as he is expected to miss the first couple of weeks with a knee injury. Some more big pickups include Derrick Favors and J.J. Redick.

Although Redick is playing for a new squad this year, while with Philadelphia he had success versus the Raptors in the playoffs, shooting 43.9 percent from the field, 41 percent from beyond the arc, and scored 15 or more points in four of those seven postseason games. With an increased role on the Pelicans and some good shooting numbers, back Over his points total of 16.5 on PointsBet.

NO HANGOVER HERE

The Raptors kick their season off playing a double-header with the first game at home to the Pelicans. The 2018-2019 season saw the Raptors set franchise records in points per game, assists per game, rebounds per game, and 3-point shots made. A regression is expected with Toronto losing both Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green but still finds itself a 7-point favorite in the season opener.

With the Championship banner being hoisted, rings handed out, and the Raptors looking to start the schedule strong, look for them to take care of business and cover at home as 7-point favorites.

RIGHT SAID FRED

With Toronto PG Kyle Lowry undergoing surgery on his finger in the offseason, don’t be surprised to see big numbers out of Fred VanVleet in the first few games of the schedule.

Last season, VanVleet averaged 27.5 minutes with 11 points, 4.8 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game. Although this is a revamped Pelicans roster with many new faces, New Orleans struggled to defend opposing point guards last year, allowing 23.3 points per game and the league’s highest assists per game average at 9.1 to that position. If he carries over his postseason play, VanVleet will be a major player and offensive contributor for the defending champs. Take Over his assists total of 4.5.

BATTLE: LOS ANGELES

The Lakers start their second season with LeBron James at the helm but has more support behind him with guys like Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard, and Danny Green. The Clippers were also busy in the offseason, adding MVP talents in Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

George will not be playing in the opening game (out until November while recovering from shoulder surgery), which plays a major role in shaping this spread, which sees the Purple and Gold as short “home” favorites in the war for the Staples Center.

LeBron and the Lakers have a lot to prove after a terrible finish to 2018-19 and we like them to cover as 2.5-points favorites Tuesday.

DOWN TO DEFENSE

With both Leonard and Patrick Beverly on the floor, the Clippers will be a difficult team to score on. With George out of action and this L.A. offense not firing on all cylinders, the Clippers certainly have the defense to keep things close.

The Lakers have plenty of scoring options but miss out on the services of Kyle Kuzma (18.7 ppg in 2018-19), who will be sitting out in the opening game with a foot injury. While it’s Game 1 of an 82-game season, this Los Angeles rivalry could have playoff intensity right out of the gate. We like a lower-scoring game and the Under 225.5 points Tuesday night. 

Lakers vs Clippers NBA betting picks and predictions: Davis will dominate down low on opening night

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The 2019-2020 NBA season starts off with a bang tonight as two revamped teams with some of the best players in the world take to the court in Los Angeles as the Lakers face the Clippers. 

Expectations are sky-high for both teams after the Lakers added Anthony Davis as a running mate for Lebron James, while the Clippers are led by last year’s NBA Finals MVP in Kawhi Leonard. These rivals will be highly motivated to begin the season with a win and stake an early claim as the best team in the league.

We break down the odds for the Battle of L.A. and give you five of our best bets and predictions.

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The biggest move the Lakers made in the offseason was obviously the addition of Anthony Davis. But he’s not the only new face with Danny Green, Quinn Cook, Dwight Howard, and Avery Bradley all in line to receive significant minutes in their rotation.

The Clippers have also gone through a makeover adding Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and Maurice Harkless. While George won’t play until at least mid-November after undergoing shoulder surgery, the other two should log major minutes.

Playing together in practice and the preseason is no substitute for the actual defensive intensity of an NBA game. So expect both offenses to take some time to gell and back the Under on the 1Q total.

PICK: First Quarter Under 58 (-115)

FIRST HALF BET

The first quarter might see from offensive jitters from both teams but they should begin to settle down after 12 minutes. Lebron James, in particular, should have little problem facilitating the offense while the underrated additions of Green and Cook should improve their three-point efficiency which was among the worst in the league last year.

On defense, they match up well with the Clippers with Lebron able to switch onto Leonard while Bradley can give Lou Williams fits. Rajon Rondo is listed as questionable with a calf injury but if he’s good to go that will be yet another Lakers defender that can pressure opposing ball-handlers.

The Lakers also have a height advantage which should help them win the battle on the boards and get more second chances. Bet on the Lakers to cover the short first-half spread.

PICK: First Half Lakers -1.5 (-120)

TEAM/PLAYER PROP

Davis looks like a great fit in the Lakers offense next to Lebron. The Brow can run the pick and roll, attack down low and hit jumpers when he needs to. He gets to face a Clippers team that was among the worst at defending inside last season, giving up 50.7 points per game in the paint. Montrezl Harrell, Ivica Zubac and JaMychal Green will have a major mismatch on their hands against the Lakers star.

Last year Davis combined for 41.8 points, rebounds and assists per game but that includes a stretch towards the end of the season where New Orleans severely limited his minutes. Before the All-Star break, he combined for 45.2 points, rebounds, and assists per contest. Take the Over on his PRA total tonight.

PICK: Anthony Davis – Points, Rebounds and Assists Over 41.5 (-115)

 

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The O/U for this game opened at 227 on Saturday and has already dropped to 224 and for good reason. The Clippers should be terrific at defending on the perimeter with Patrick Beverly and Leonard while the Lakers will miss Kyle Kuzma’s production on the offensive end of the floor. Kuzma averaged 18.7 ppg last season but the forward is still recovering from a foot injury.

The Lakers should be much improved at defending the rim with Davis and Howard, which will force Leonard and Lou Williams to carry the offensive load.

The Lakers added plenty of experience and size in the offseason. That might be a formula for winning but also means that they added older players and guys that prefer to set up in the half-court rather than running the floor all game. Expect them to play at a slower pace than last season and take the Under 224.

PICK: Under 224 (-110)

FULL GAME SIDE

As we enter this new era of “Super-Duos” in the NBA the Clippers could find themselves at a disadvantage without one half of their duo. Leonard will do his part on both ends of the floor but the Clippers will need a heroic display from Lou Williams and improved defensive play from their big men if they want to hang with the Lakeshow.

The Clips won’t have an answer for AD and Lebron will come out as healthy and as motivated as he’s been in years. As the season goes on, expect Lakers coach Frank Vogel to start resting his superstars, but he has said that there won’t be any minutes restrictions for Lebron or Davis at the start of the year. Count on the Lakers viewing this as a statement game and back them to pull off the win while covering.

PICK: Los Angeles Lakers -3.5 (-105)