Mike Conley and the Utah Jazz will look to take advantage of a matchup advantage with the Phoenix Suns, while the Wizards and Bucks face off in what should be a very high-scoring affair.
Our analyst Monique Vag breaks down the NBA betting odds for those games and much more as she brings you the best predictions and picks for the basketball action on Monday, February 24.
EXPECT A SHOOTOUT
Milwaukee are 13-point road favorites as they travel to Washington to take on the Wizards. The Bucks have the league’s best record overall at 48-8, and have only lost five times on the road this season. With Washington playing on the tail end of a back-to-back going up against the highest scoring team in the league, expect a very high scoring game.
In their prior meeting this season, Eric Bledsoe shot 11 of 20 from the floor putting up 34 points with a usage rating of 34.6 percent! While expecting a shooting night like this may be a stretch, look for Bledsoe to have an impact offensively and bet Over his low points total of 15.5.
ROOKS DIG THE LONG BALL
Miami’s Kendrick Nunn has impressed as a rookie averaging 15.5 points per game on 44.4 percent shooting from the floor and 34.9 percent from beyond the arc. Although his three point shooting is inconsistent right now, he’s attempted four of more in seven straight contests.
Look for an efficient shooting night out of Nunn and bet on him to connect on quite a few from beyond the arc going up against a Cavaliers team allowing opponents to shoot 37.3 percent from deep (28th in the league). Bet Over Nunn’s total made 3-point shots of 1.5.
KEEPING IT CLOSE EARLY
Over their three most recent games, the Heat have been the highest scoring first quarter team in the NBA averaging 34 ppg. Today they travel to Cleveland to take on a Cavs team that has had some early success of their own lately, putting up 32.3 first quarter ppg over its last three contests.
With both teams ranking towards the bottom of the Association in pace, and no Jimmy Butler or Tyler Herro for tonight’s matchup, expect the Cavs to connect on some shots early and keep things close. Take Cleveland on the first quarter spread getting 2-points.
The Jazz have won 10 straight games against the Suns in the head-to-head and are 8-point favorites against them tonight.
Utah was happy to get Mike Conley back in the lineup last night against the Rockets. In that contest he struggled shooting the ball going 1-of-6 from beyond the arc, but handed out seven dimes and logged seven boards. Expect big numbers in the assists category out of Conely as he is up against a Suns team that surrenders a very high 8.7 assists per game to opposing point guards. Bet Over Conley’s assists total of 4.5.
MINI SLUMPS FOR BOTH SIDES
The Clippers are 9.5-point favorites as they host the Grizzlies who have lost two straight games heading into tonight’s matchup. The last time these two teams met up on January 4, the Grizzlies pulled off a big upset victory winning 140-114.
The Clippers have had their share of struggles as well lately on the defensive end, allowing 130 or more points twice over their most recent five games and winning only one of those contests. While the Clippers should be able to take care of business with an outright victory, look for the Grizzlies to keep things close. Take Memphis on the spread getting 9.5-points.