After what was another awesome weekend of college hoops, it’s time to change gear – hesitantly we might add, especially with the Kansas State-Kansas game taking place tonight – and take a look at the pros.
With eight games on the NBA schedule tonight, you’ve got plenty of action to choose from, but Casino Review has picked out three prime cuts for you to sink your teeth into, starting in Indianapolis.
Brooklyn Nets @ Indiana Pacers
7:00 PM ET
Indiana (31-20, 20-4 home) suffered a rare home loss on Friday, falling to the unlikely Raptors in overtime. Now Frank Vogels’ side will look to return to winning ways, and set about making the Bankers Life Fieldhouse a fortress once again. The Pacers had won 14 straight in the building before Friday’s loss.
Brooklyn (29-22, 11-12 road) has hit a rough patch of late, losing two straight, three from the last four, and six from the last nine. This slump has seen the Nets fall to the No. 5 spot in the Eastern Conference, just one game ahead of Atlanta. The Nets are also four games behind Atlantic Division-leading New York.
Expect a methodical, hard fought game, as both sides excel at restricting opponents’ scoring. The Pacers allows just 90.2 points per game (2nd) while the Nets allow 94.6 (5th). Indiana is No. 1 in the league when it comes to opponents’ field goal percentage, allowing teams to shoot a stingy .419.
This Season: Brooklyn handed Indiana a 97-86 loss on Jan. 13 at Barclays Center. After Monday night, the two sides will meet once more this season, on Apr. 14 in Indianapolis.
Favorite: Indiana Spread: 5½ Total: 183½
Take: INDIANA – Friday night’s loss to Toronto was just a blip on the radar, and the Pacers will be ready to lock down the Nets on Monday night. Take Indiana (28-23-0 ATS) to cover the spread, despite doing so less than half the time at home; Brooklyn (22-27-2 ATS) has not fared well against the spread this season. Take the total to go under, as has been the trend with both sides this season.
Washington Wizards @ Milwaukee Bucks
8:00 PM ET
Whilst a game between the Bucks and Wizards might not strike you as being must see TV, this could actually be one of the night’s more interesting games.
Milwaukee (25-24, 13-11 home) has slipped off the pace in the central division, and has also fallen behind the Celtics into No. 8 in the Eastern Conference. Between now and April, the Bucks could face a tough time holding onto that final playoff berth, even if the conference looks like a car wreck between positions nine and 15.
Washington (14-35, 3-21 road) was the laughing stock of the league for the early part of the season, but the Wizards have slowly been picking things up. It may come as a surprise, but the D.C. side has won three in a row. A win in Milwaukee will secure Randy Wittman’s side its longest winning streak of the year.
The Wizards have struggled on the road though, having lost four straight away from the Verizon Center. Milwaukee is susceptible though, having lost three straight and five from six. The Bucks have also lost five from six at home.
This Season: Milwaukee won on the road in Washington on Nov. 9, defeating the Wizards 101-91. The two sides will meet again on Mar. 13 in Washington, following Monday night’s game in Milwaukee.
Favorite: Milwaukee Spread: 5½ Total: 195
Take: WASHINGTON – Whilst the Wizards have struggled on the road, the side is due a win outside of D.C. and Milwaukee is ripe for the pickings. The Bucks look to be going nowhere but down, so Washington can score an upset here. Consider the Wizards (31-17-1 ATS) are also the league’s best team against the spread, so even if you’ve got the Bucks straight up, take the Wizards to cover. Take the total to go under, a trend that has been associated with both teams this season.
San Antonio Spurs @ Chicago Bulls
8:00 PM ET
After losing three in four, Chicago (30-20, 15-11 home) scored a 93-89 victory over Utah on Friday bringing a six-game road trip to an end with a 3-3 record. The Bulls return to the comfy confines of the United Center for one game before heading to Boston on Wednesday.
San Antonio (40-12, 18-10 road) is on an extensive road trip of its own. With the rodeo in the Alamo City, the Spurs have gone 2-1 in the first three games of a nine-game road stint. Fortunately for the side, the All-Star break will give the team a brief respite.
The Spurs served the Nets a lopsided 111-86 defeat in Brooklyn on Sunday night, and will look to fend-off the defensively-minded and resilient Bulls. That’s a tough task though as Chicago has won four straight home games and five of the last six.
This Season: Monday marks the first meeting between the sides this season. They’ll meet again on Mar. 6 in the Alamo City.
Favorite: Chicago Spread: 2 Total: 191
Take: SAN ANTONIO – Chicago will be the favorite due to the availability of Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobli being uncertain. However, despite better form of recent, Chicago has not been all that successful at home, especially against the spread. The Bulls (21-29-0 ATS) have compiled a 7-19-0 record against the spread at home. Meanwhile, San Antonio (29-21-2 ATS) has a winning record against the spread (and straight up) on the road and at home. Take the total to go under, something that is not uncommon in Chicago, and not uncommon when the aged Spurs take to the hardwood.
Remaining NBA Schedule (Monday)
Los Angeles Clippers @ Philadelphia 76ers
Boston Celtics @ Charlotte Bobcats
Minnesota Timberwolves @ Cleveland Cavaliers
New Orleans Hornets @ Detroit Pistons
Atlanta Hawks @ Dallas Mavericks