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NBA Betting Picks: Monday, December 20th
Houston Rockets at Chicago Bulls
United Center, 8pm ET
The Rockets lost the momentum they generated during their seven-game win streak when losing four of their last five, however, they managed to get back on the winners list last time out when they took care of business against the lowly Pistons. The Rockets now have 10 wins to their name, which is a solid return considering they were 1-15.
The Bulls managed to secure a clutch win against the Lakers in their first leg of a home back-to-back. DeMar DeRozan was unstoppable once again with 38 points to help bring up his team’s 18th win of the season from 28 attempts. The Bulls remain in second spot in the East and just two games behind the Nets.
The Rockets managed to upset the Bulls when these teams met a couple of weeks ago, which actually sparked the Rockets big win streak. We expect things to be much different this time around however, with the Bulls now owning home court advantage and in much better form. We’re expecting an easy 10+ point win for them in this one.
OKC Thunder at Memphis Grizzlies
FedExForum, 8pm ET
The Thunder managed to pull off one of the great clutch wins of the season last time out against the Clippers. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was the man of the moment once again with his step-back three gifting the Thunder their ninth win of the season. Unfortunately, they’re still glued to bottom spot in the West standings.
The Grizzlies had won 10 of their last 11 when they hosted the Trail Blazers on the first leg of a home back-to-back on Sunday, but were unable to continue their good form as they fell by five points. Dillon Books was tremendous with 37 points but didn’t have enough help around him on the day. The Grizzlies are now 19-12 on the season and sit in fourth spot in the West.
History was made when these teams last met on December 2nd when the Grizzlies won by an NBA record 73 points in Memphis. Absolutely everything went their way on the day and the Thunder were without nearly all of their key players. They’ll be desperate to make amends when they meet again on Monday and we expect them to be able to dig deep and cover the big spread at the very least.
San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Clippers
Staples Center, 10:30pm ET
The Spurs were unable to match it with the sharpshooting yet undermanned Kings in the first leg of their road back-to-back on Sunday. Dejounte Murray put in another impressive performance in his breakout campaign, but couldn’t get enough help from his teammates. Regardless, the Spurs have been in some solid form of late with seven wins from their last 12 games.
The Clippers coughed up a win at the death against the Thunder last time out, which made it two losses from two games in their short road trip. The absence of Paul George was as evident as ever down the stretch and it seems although the superstar wing will miss again on Monday with his elbow injury.
The Clippers are by far the better of the two teams when both are fully healthy, but with both Paul George and Kawhi Leonard sidelined, this contest really evens up. In our opinion, this game could genuinely go either way, which makes the Spurs the value play here.