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

Denver at San Antonio (-7, 204)

 

The Spurs (43-19), owners of the fourth-best home record in the NBA at 26-5, lead the Southwest by one game over red-hot Houston and New Orleans. The Rockets are going for their 19th consecutive win against New Jersey - losers of five straight - on Monday, while the Hornets are idle.

 

San Antonio will try to avoid matching a season-high three-game slide after falling 94-87 at Phoenix on Sunday. The Spurs squandered a five-point lead with 3:40 to play.

 

"I had two turnovers and two missed layups down the stretch," said the Spurs' Tim Duncan, who had 17 points and 10 rebounds. "We're up five with three-something left-a situation where we usually play a lot better than that."

 

Sunday's defeat came two nights after a 109-96 loss at Denver (37-25), which ended San Antonio's 11-game run. The Spurs have dropped two of three to the Nuggets this season, and have not lost a season series to them since 1987-88.

 

San Antonio, which is seeking a sixth consecutive win at the AT&T Center, has alternated wins with Denver in the last six home meetings, including a 102-91 victory on Dec. 15.

 

The Spurs hope Manu Ginobili, the team-leader with 20.7 points per game, can help snap that trend. He had 22 points Sunday after putting up 24 against the Nuggets. The guard is also averaging 25.8 points on 52.6 percent shooting (110-for-209) over the last 13 games.

 

The Nuggets, losers of five of their last six road games, are looking to close the two-game gap on idle Golden State for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference after losing 132-105 at Utah on Saturday.

 

Pick: Spurs

 

Boston at Philadelphia (+6, 195)

 

Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce have been leading Boston (49-12) through a special season. The Celtics have already clinched their first playoff berth since 2005, and after going 24-58 last season, is in position for its first 50-win season since 1991-92 (51-31).

 

The Celtics cruised to their eighth straight win, 119-89 over Memphis on Saturday. Allen scored 23 points, Pierce added 19 and Garnett chipped in with 17 and became the 32nd player in NBA history with 20,000 career points.

 

"It's a bit more meaningful being a Celtic when it happened and it seems like things are lining up for something more beautiful, like a championship," said Garnett, who never won a NBA title in 12 seasons with Minnesota.

 

Boston's defense has tightened up recently, holding opponents to an average of 89.0 points in its last three road games after allowing 109.3 in the previous three. The Celtics have won three straight road games by an average of 22.7 points since dropping a season-high three straight on the road, and their offense has been red-hot against the 76ers this season.

 

In its 113-103 win at Philadelphia on Dec. 5, Boston shot 52.6 percent from the field and made 10-of-22 3-pointers. In their 116-89 home win on Jan. 18, the Celtics shot 58.9 percent and connected on 14-of-22 shots from beyond the arc.

 

Pierce has 41 points and 15 assists in two games against the Sixers this season, while Allen has scored 35 points on 7-of-15 shooting from 3-point range in those contests. Garnett is averaging 16.5 points and 6.5 boards in the two games versus Philadelphia.

 

Boston has not won two games in Philadelphia in a single season since 1995-96.

 

The Sixers have playing at an extremely high level at the Wachovia Center lately, though, winning their last eight home games by an average of 18.9 points since a 108-106 loss to Southeast Division-leading Orlando on Feb. 1.

 

Philadelphia has not won nine straight home games since opening the 2002-03 season with 10 straight wins there.

 

Pick: 76ers

 

Portland at Cleveland (-6, 191 ½)

 

With a flare for late-game heroics and having led the Cleveland Cavaliers to one of the best records in the Eastern Conference, LeBron James is a favorite to win the MVP award this season.

 

On Saturday, James scored 18 points in the third quarter as Cleveland extended its lead to 21. The 2008 All-Star game MVP finished with 38 points and 11 rebounds, and went 5-of-8 from 3-point range.

 

"The first five minutes in the third quarter is key, so I wanted to try to make sure we came out aggressive," James said. "I came out aggressive and started knocking down shots. Once I get into a zone like that, it's tough to try to stop me from what I want to do."

 

The 23-year-old superstar has been in that zone throughout his team's four March games. James is averaging 41.0 points - 10.1 better than his league-best scoring average - and has gone 14-of-34 (41.2 percent) from beyond the arc this month.

 

"He's been making them lately from all angles and all ranges,'' said forward Joe Smith, acquired by Cleveland just before the trade deadline. "I'm still getting used to it because you just don't see it. I just stand there and say, 'Wow.'''

 

Smith was not with the Cavs for James' last performance against Portland (33-30), but he almost certainly would have had a similar reaction.

 

In Cleveland's 84-83 win over the Trail Blazers on Jan. 30, James scored 17 points in the fourth quarter - two more than the entire Portland team - and his reverse layup with 0.9 seconds left gave the Cavs the win. He finished with 37 points and 14 rebounds.

 

Pick: Cavaliers

 

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Posted by rattyballgame
6 years ago

f a run make a shot uconn!
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Posted by rattyballgame
6 years ago

make a run uconn!
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Posted by Mcdomats
6 years ago

aussie is back on top. nice capping mate. good luck
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Posted by WinnerHere1
6 years ago

WinnerHere1 says: 03/10/08 09:32AM JUST SOME INFO I FOUNF ON ARK LR AND WHY W. KENT WILL WIN THIS GAME BY DOUBLE DIGITS. "ARK LR made just nine field goals in the second half on Sunday and converted a miserable 12-of-27 at the free-throw line in the frame, yet still had enough left in the tank to take out Florida Atlantic. For the game UALR converted a horrendous 14-of-32 at the free- throw line. The effort at the stripe was not all that typical for the ARK LR who this season have been making 66.6 percent at the line, so it should only get better. Although, not having a double-digit scorer on the roster could prove to be a problem because that means there's no true go-to guy in the clutch, and the team already showed that taking chances by committee at the free-throw line was nearly disastrous. " They do this against W. KENT this game is a blow out!!!! recap plays today are W. Kent -8.5 3 units strong play for me! (W) Wil&Mary +8.5 also siding with Tren (ended up getting W&M +9) (P) LA Avengers -4 (W)
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Posted by kcbettor
6 years ago

NUGGINS, YOU STILL OUT THERE? IF SO, THANKS FOR THE NHL PIX. (I LOOK FOR YOU ON THE NHL THREAD , TOO) GOOD JOB , BRO!
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Posted by Robbymaz72
6 years ago

anyone have any thoughts for tomorrows Cleveland State vs. Butler game? Betus has the 1st line at -10 for Butler now
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Posted by cec6057
6 years ago

Tommorrow will be another one of thos days. 2 teams over 75% the public is on and theres no way they both cover. Overnight leans go to Chicago, Indiana, Washington will beat Milwaukee just waiting for the line and the Lakers should go well over and Minnesota should go under. Strongest lean will be Chicago over 215. I will post strong leans and stats tommorrow. Oh Yeah. I'll be seeing what Aussie post! Good night
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Posted by ptsamy
6 years ago

You got it MarchMadness08. Look forward to tomorrow's games. Not to impressed with the NCAA but very interested in the NBA. Hopefully there are some insights to the following: Lakers -11.5 (Lake show will come out dominating tomorrow. They did not like that BS Sac game yesterday. Kobe will go off, Bosh is out and Lakes will cover easily. Over looks tempting) Utah -3.5 (Utah has been on fire lately and putting up big numbers. Chi is very inconsistant) Wash over Mil (Line not posted yet..but for some reason I think Wash will win that game) Any thoughts???
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Posted by anth1144
6 years ago

great nite 2-0 making me 7-2 since sat will be back tomorrow probably wont play anything
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Posted by thekid37
6 years ago

but on to tomoro...a very small card in college and most teams playing are ones i dont follow or know much about...my pick will be on the butler clevland state game tomoro..or it will be a no play day for me..i use bodog and the college lines are not out yet but my guess is butler will be an 8 or 9 points favorite..a couple weeks back butler played clev st on butlers home floor and they were 12.5 points favs and won the game by 5...51-46 very low scoring game...my early lean will be clevland state with the points..but i will wait for the line to be posted and then crunch some numbers and make my play (if any tomoro) gl look foward to reading some good info in the tuesday forum
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Posted by thekid37
6 years ago

yeah thanks march..i just made it with elon..i thought it would be an easier win..but i ll take it how it comes...i stick to a one game per day strategy and if i win an early one once in a while i will press on another game..if i really like it...you make some good points march...everyone has to realize what the points of this thread is about..making money and sharing information..it isnt designed for jealousy or to be a popularity contest..so lets keep heading in the right direction..and most of all getting that cash..money talks...like the say "people who say money isnt everything...usually have none" lol i dont know why i posted that...but it is a great and very true saying
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Posted by ptsamy
6 years ago

MarchMadness08 - Man...now you are seriously making me laugh tonight! You should change your name to IThinkIamKingofTheFourm08! You are seriously killin me here! Cmon...say something again! Hang on a sec...I need to get my popcorn and bowl of Ice Cream!
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Posted by cec6057
6 years ago

Every one has there opinion. I post as well as follow Aussie. I have had days I changed and days I still went with my opinion. I don't think he deserves the haters when he lost. No one hs put up a record like that and it should be respected. And just like a streak in sports via the Houston Rockets you don't bet against a streak like Aussies. Thanks for clarifying things in a grown matter. I can appreciate that. Good Night and lets get them again tommorrow!
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Posted by cec6057
6 years ago

That is a reasonable comment Thekid37. Nothing aimed at you. Strictly for Teapigmadness
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Posted by thekid37
6 years ago

well just to clear the air..i am in no way "jealous" or "hating" on aussie....if any of those comments were directed at me..i respect him and give him credit in any post i write regarding him..like i have said before he is good at what he does..but like he admits everyone goes on losing streaks...so if u guys wanna just pick every pick he has you have to take the good with the bad...but like i said before i have seen people posting saying they were scared to take a game they liked because aussie has it going the other way...now that is where in my opinion i think you go wrong..aussie is great but he is a not a prophet or a psychic...he gives his input on games and puts his money on what he feels is the right side...but by no means does that mean you should change your play bcause of his pick..you need to be responsible for the most part for your plays..he gives his insight..help you make your decision..then you put your money where you feel is right
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Posted by cec6057
6 years ago

Just a comment About Tebags I mean Pigmy I mean MarchMadness, People can tail who they want. This site and forum is for capping help so why would it make since to follow a loser. I don't agree with people jumping on picks and not checking it out for themselves but for a comment so retarded and for so many post that you post to trash up the place you are funny about getting this site how it's suppose to be. Actually when your gone it's alot more productive and no one else post 40 messages a day so keep your BS thoughts to yourself. I don't need to respond to you cause 95% of the people on this site know what I'm talkin about. So cheers to you and your 15th screen name and your badly misspelled vocabulary. Jealous because people track Aussie and not you. Now that's some childish BS if I ever heard any on here. You wish you had the following Aussie had and if you did you wouldn't be saying stuff. Secretly all these haters are on the Aussie train. Thats cool. I'm ridin it too. 3-0-1 Thanks again Aussie.
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Posted by dinamo77
6 years ago

oh man this is unbelievable.. i type some words and when i send the message i see synonims...hmmm did it ever happen to you guys
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Posted by thekid37
6 years ago

good night boys..congrats on anyone who took my advice on ELON..and this is my post to say your welcome to the couple of people who thanked me for my post...i squeeked by with this one by sometimes a half point win is the sweetest win...you feel like a genious..lol not that i am calling myself one..but i have been on a good rool i hope i can keep it going..6-1 on PODS i will be posting on the new threa tomoro..good luck boys and keep the cash flowing
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Posted by dinamo77
6 years ago

marchmadness i tought ou said tailling other ppl picks is not good...but other people can yail your pick... you full of garbage behind...you mature capper are the biggest caca here
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Posted by showtime0811
6 years ago

what people think of tomorrow
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Posted by Peanut44
6 years ago

hey winner lets hope for some points i took la -4 and the over 108 going to have to sweat this oneout lol
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Posted by ptsamy
6 years ago

WinnerHere1 - Good call today...good call!
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Posted by showtime0811
6 years ago

I am liking this for tomorrow Jazz -3 Lakers -12.5 Portland -2 Cleveland State +10 Northern Arizona -2 Thoughts?
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Posted by embryo
6 years ago

MarchMadness08 says: 03/10/08 11:50PM OK Guys, great night so far, rockets cash, Celtics cash, san diego cash, so a guarnteed winning night. Why did I take Davidson, cvomngrats to any vet cappers who took Elon. So W. Kentucky is left, great job today all =- for once focusing on our own games, gettingf rid of this tailing aspect, and finally getting the adult cappers back in here!!!! Postr picks or go away! This forum was so uch better without the kids tailing cappers - can we get bask to us cappers having fin qith our picks? Upp 41 units for the week, lets close strong!!!! Trolls and kids go home, we are picking games here and if you cant do that, go elsewhewre!!! THIS MUST BE VOTED THE BEST POST OF THE DAY :) so classic tea! haha. up 41 units and the best spelling ever! haha. i love tea :! please do not stop posting. i love to laugh :)
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Posted by dinamo77
6 years ago

MARCH MADNESS why do you change your id so many times???you are a looser anyway and everyone knows that....
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Posted by ptsamy
6 years ago

"LOL Jno2121!!!"