Pick 'n' roll: Monday's best NBA bets

Dec 20, 2009 |

Milwaukee Bucks at Indiana Pacers (-2.5, 202.5)

The Bucks are going to have to get better production from their two highest-paid players if they’re going to make the playoffs in 2010.

Two guard Michael Redd is shooting just 38 percent from the field and 27 percent from 3-point land since coming back from injury. Making matters worse, franchise center Andrew Bogut went ice cold in the second half of Saturday’s game against the Kings.

The big pivot is struggling to find any type of chemistry with first-year point guard Brandon Jennings.

Bogut won’t find things any easier on Monday. Pacers center Roy Hibbert is capable of coming up with big defensive efforts like his six-block showing Saturday against the Spurs.

Pick: Pacers

Utah Jazz at Orlando Magic (-7.5, 203.5)

Marcin Gortat must be pissed. The long-time Orlando role player impressed during the club's postseason run last season. Dallas offered the big man a fat contract, but the Magic surprisingly matched the proposal. Now Gorat is the highest paid backup center and playing garbage minutes most nights.

Orlando hoped they could play Gorat next to All-Star Dwight Howard, but the pairing hasn't worked out in coach Stan Van Gundy's eyes.

Gorat isn't the only big man wasting away on the Magic's bench. Power forward Brandon Bass, who was signed to a healthy contract in the offseason, is lucky to get 10 minutes of play every other game.

Van Gundy's rotation pattern could end up hurting him. Howard is playing big minutes and could tire down the stretch. Also, when Howard gets in foul trouble, Gorat and Bass don't play with the same confidence they showed last season.

Could be a nice edge for Utah. The Jazz will try to attack Howard early on with bruising forwards Carlos Boozer and Paul Millsap.

Pick: Jazz

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