Seven game slate in the NBA this Monday night, headlined by an ESPN double header which sees the Mavs taking on the Grizzlies followed by the Suns and Warriors doing battle. Check out our preview and betting tips for both games below.
NBA Monday Picks
Memphis Grizzlies at Dallas Mavericks
American Airlines Center, 7:30pm (ET)
The Mavericks have lost their last two games in a row and seven of their last 10 to fall to eighth place in the Western Conference. With the ugly turn of form, they have now cemented themselves in the play-in race, currently sitting just one game ahead of the Lakers, who currently occupy the 11th place in the conference standings.
The Grizzlies have recently bounced back from a similar slump, winning their last two in a row and six of their last 10. They currently have the No.1 ranked offense in the league, putting up 121.2 points per game, more than 3 points better than the next best team.
The Grizzlies defense is still a bit of an issue though. In that category, they currently rank fourth worst in the NBA, allowing 118.3 points per game. Unfortunately for fans, the star guards of each respective team in Luka Doncic and Ja Morant will both miss the game. Have to like the look of the Grizzlies in that situation, as I think Doncic is far more important to the success of his team.
Phoenix Suns at Golden State Warriors
Chase Center, 10.00pm (ET)
The Warriors were on a five game winning streak and had regained some momentum in the tough Western Conference when star point guard Steph Curry came back into the line-up from injury just over a week ago. They went on to lose their next three games on the spin and now find themselves back in the play-in race alongside at least eight other teams.
The Suns sit a few games clear in fourth place in the Western Conference, but will now have to go the majority of the remaining regular season without star recruit Kevin Durant, who suffered an ankle sprain on Wednesday night. Luckily, the rest of the Suns core remains intact at the moment, but they’ll still start as slight underdogs on the road.
The Warriors have been night and day this season when it comes to playing at Chase Center vs playing on the road. They are an abysmal 7-26 straight up on the road and a conference best 27-7 at home. They are also a league best 21-11-1 against the spread at home. Curry is starting to find some form again, putting up 35.0 in his last three games. Back the Warriors to cover here.