Just the four games in the NBA this Monday night, headlined by a couple of great matchups in the Eastern Conference! Check out our preview and betting tips for the key games of the night below.
NBA Monday Picks
Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers
Wells Fargo Center, 7:00pm (ET)
Two Eastern Conference playoff contenders will battle it out from 7.00pm as the Heat host the 76ers. Philly have won seven of their last 10 games to climb to 3rd in the Eastern Conference, but will need to keep winning to hold onto their spot as the Cavs are currently breathing down their neck.
The Heat have lost their last four games in a row to fall to 7th in the Eastern Conference. They are battling injuries to key point guard Kyle Lowry while new recruit Kevin Love is also currently listed as day to day.
The 76ers start as six point favourites at home and I really like them at that line. They are one of the best teams in the league against the spread, at home this season, maintaining a 20-10-1 record. On the contrary, the Heat are just 14-16 against the spread on the road.
Boston Celtics at New York Knicks
Madison Square Garden, 7.30pm (ET)
The Cetlics are rolling at the top of the Eastern Conference. They have won their last four games in a row and eight of their last 10, but currently lead the Milwaukee Bucks by just 0.5 games with about a quarter of the regular season remaining. The Celtics were battling a long list of injuries in the lead up to the All-Star break but are now near full strength, making them arguably the deepest team in the league.
The Knicks have won their last five games in a row and currently sit in 6th place in the Eastern Conference. They have sneakily been one of the better teams in the league against the spread this season, with a 31-26-3 record. They have, however, been pretty bad ATS at home, going just 12-16-3 so far.
The Celtics start as just 2.5 point favourites here, which I think is a little low considering how good they have been since the All-Star break and how healthy they are at the moment. They have won two of their last three against the Knicks by an average margin of 19.5 points.