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NBA bets you need to make: Monday 12/9

by Covers.com
Updated On: December 9, 2019, 4:52 pm ET

SLOW STARTS AT HOME

The Pacers are 2-point favorites as they host the Clippers with the game total set at 217. 

The Pacers have been great at home winning nine of their last 10 games played and holding opponents to only 103.1 points per game.

However, Indiana's offense has not gotten out to quick starts at home scoring the fifth-fewest first quarter points per game with 25.1. Lighting up the scoreboard versus the Clippers will be tough especially considering that they give up only 26.9 ppg in the first 12 minutes. Take the Clippers in the race to 20 points.

NEEDING THER REST

The highest game total of the night is in Houston where the Rockets host the Kings as 12.5-point favorites with the total set at 227. The Kings are coming off an upset win last night 110-106 versus the Mavericks, but have struggled on the road in Houston losing 10 straight in the head-to-head.

Dating back to last season the Kings have been one of the worst teams playing on no rest posting a 4-12 record, and losing both games this year. Bet Houston to take care of business and lay the spread of 12.5-points.

 

COOKING WITH GASOL

Toronto is on a three-game losing streak but remains a 6-point favorite on the road against the Bulls.

Toronto's Marc Gasol has been more active in his two most recent games connecting on at least two made 3-point shots in each and logging double digit points. Today he is in a favorable matchup versus a Bulls defense giving up 22.3 points on 58.3 percent shooting and 17.2 rebounds per game to opposing centers. 

In their prior meeting this season, Gasol only attempted two field goals, but logged 10 rebounds. Bet Over his points, rebounds, assists total of 16.5.

 

ROAD RASH

The Jazz are 8.5-point home favorites as the Thunder come to town. Oklahoma City are on the tail end of a back-to-back after defeating the Blazers 108-96 last night. The Thunder have lost all three games they have played this season on zero days of rest.

The Jazz have done a great job limiting opposing shooting guards holding them to only 20.2 points on 41.9 percent shooting. Shai-Gilgeous Alexander has shot the ball much worse on the road this season (at 37.9 percent) than at home (48.4 percent), and averages 3.5 fewer points per game. Expect Utah to keep him in check and bet Under his points total of 17.5.

 

KEEP FADING THE DUBS OFFENSE

The Grizzlies are 2.5-point road favorites as they travel to Golden State. The Grizzlies have only one win over their most recent 10 games.

The Warriors come in off a victory Friday night versus the Bulls but have struggled to put up points recently scoring 100 or fewer in six of their last 10 contests. 

Despite the Grizzlies having a weaker defense, it's difficult to trust the Warriors to light up the scoreboard when their offense has struggled. Bet Under the Warriors' team total of 112.

 

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