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Betting preview for Monday's NBA games


How great is this?

The Brooklyn Nets absolutely destroyed the Washington Wizards’ defense on Sunday. They averaged 1.306 points per possession, went 19-of-36 from beyond the arc and averaged an insane 1.232 points per play in the halfcourt. It was the second consecutive game in which they scored more than 140 points … and they lost!

The Nets lost to a Wizards team marred in a four-game losing streak in which they had averaged just 97.3 points every 100 possessions, and had been outscored by 18.3 points over those possessions.

According to StatMuse, Brooklyn’s offensive rating of 122.6 since the James Harden trade would be the best of all time if they can keep up that pace on offense. Unfortunately, their defensive rating of 119.9 over the same time span would be the worst of all time.

There seems to be no help coming for Brooklyn’s defense anytime soon, and they are now 5-4 SU, but 3-6 ATS since the Harden deal. In no way should bettors be comfortable laying points with this team until they show an iota of defensive effort.

On to the notes!

Note: * indicates that team is on second leg of a back-to-back.

Updated injury reports can be found here.

Updated odds for every game can be found here.

Minnesota Timberwolves* at Cleveland Cavaliers*

The once formidable Cleveland offense has all but disappeared over the last two games. Against the Knicks, the Cavaliers were held to 0.90 points per possession; against the Timberwolves, the Cavaliers scored just 1.040 points per possession. Over both games they combined to commit 33 turnovers, and as a result they went 0-2 SU/ATS.

Now, they are back home on the second leg of a back-to-back against the Timberwolves team that held them to just 0.860 points per possession in the second half yesterday. It is a pretty clear bounce-back spot for Cleveland, but bettors are paying more for it. The Cavaliers closed as a 3.5-point favorite in Minnesota yesterday, but open as a 4.5-point favorite back home today. Is going from one empty gym to another worth a full point?

L.A. Lakers (-6, 220.5) at Atlanta Hawks

This is an extremely poor spot for Los Angeles. The Lakers are playing the last of a seven-game road trip that started 11 days ago in Milwaukee, and they are coming off of a slow-paced nail-biter in primetime against Boston on Saturday. Situationally, it is hard to make a case for Los Angeles. How the market will handle this number is going to be intriguing.

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