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Derrick Jones Jr.
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NBA best bets to make Monday: 1/20

by Covers.com
Updated On: January 20, 2020, 5:49 pm ET

BLISTERING STARTS

Miami is coming off a 107-102 loss last night versus the Spurs. The Heat find themselves in a much easier matchup today returning home where they have won 18 of their first 19 games. Over their last three games, the Kings have allowed 35.3 first-quarter points per game, the highest number in the league. On the other hand, the Heat have allowed the third-fewest first quarter ppg at 23.7. Miami leads the league in first quarter ppg overall and puts up 30 1Q ppg at home. Take the Heat on the first quarter spread laying 2.5-points.

 

MUST WATCH RIVALRY GAME

One of today's marquee matchups takes place as the Lakers travel to Boston to take on the Celtics as 2.5-point favorites. The Lakers have been road warriors winning 18 of 21 on the road this season, and will be very happy to get back Anthony Davis who is upgraded to probable for today's contest.

With Kemba Walker and Jaylen Brown also upgraded to probable, that's good news for Jayson Tatum who has less pressure to perform. He's been shooting the 3-point shot well this season, and has averaged seven or more attempts in three of his last four games. Look for him to connect on at least two from long range - the attempts will be there. Bet Over Tatum's made 3-point shot total of 1.5.

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NO REST, NO PROBLEM

The Nuggets are playing on the tail end of a back-to-back (and also their fourth game in five days) as they head to Minnesota as 2.5-point underdogs. Playing on no rest since 2018, the Nuggets possess the league's best record of 17-3.

The Timberwolves have appreciated the return of Karl-Anthony Towns, but haven't won with him back yet. Minnesota has lost five straight overall, and six straight in the head-to-head versus the Nuggets. Take the Nuggets to keep things close and grab the 2.5-points.

 

LOOKING FOR HIS FIRST ALL-STAR APPEARANCE

The Pacers are coming off a 115-107 win last night versus the Nuggets. This is Indiana's fifth straight win. Today they are playing on a back-to-back versus a Jazz team that has won nine of its most recent 10 games while averaging a very high 124.3 ppg over its last three contests.

Rudy Gobert is off to a fantastic year averaging a career high 14.5 rebounds per game and scoring 20 or more points in three of his last four games. Look for Gobert to have a huge impact versus a Pacers squad surrendering an average of 23.9 points and 15.6 boards to opposing centers. Bet Over Gobert's points, rebounds, assists total of 31.5.

 

 

NOT LAST YEAR'S WARRIORS

Despite missing C.J. McCollum, the Blazers are 6.5-point favorites as they host the Warriors. The Warriors have lost seven straight road contests, and have only one victory in their most recent 10 games overall.

The Blazers have been one of the highest scoring first-half teams in the league at home averaging 58.1 ppg. The Warriors rank 26th in first half points on the road averaging just 51.9. Look for Portland to enter halftime with a comfortable lead and take the Blazers on the 1H spread.