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

Orlando at Detroit (-6 ½, 184 ½)

Game 1 was a reality check for the Magic. After pushing the Raptors aside by dominating the paint and hitting from downtown, they were ones getting pushed around in the paint by the Pistons and couldn’t hit anything outside (2-of-15) either.

Detroit wants to turn this series into a battle royal, wearing out Dwight Howard in the trenches at both ends of the floor. The Magic can play that kind of scrappy game for a while, but the Pistons are built for that stuff. Orlando needs to make some outside shots to open things up a bit for Howard underneath.

Pick: over

San Antonio at New Orleans (-2, 182)

So are you a Hornets believer yet?

Betting against the Spurs has been a great way to burn your bankroll for years, but they’re up against some stiff competition in this series. New Orleans is becoming a really tough place to play – with or without the greasy hardcourt following that mascot gaffe – as the whole city gets behind the team.

You know San Antonio isn’t backing down, but the Spurs were having the same problems with New Orleans as Dallas did – namely, Chris Paul.

“The way I put it is he runs an organized playground,” Spurs coach Greg Popovich told reporters. “When Chris takes control of the basketball ... he has an uncanny ability and special awareness of where his teammates are and how to get the ball to them. And if that doesn’t work, he’s a helluva scorer.

“His decision-making skills are tremendous, but when you put his individual skills with that, it just makes it impossible.”

Pick: Hornets

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Posted by MinnesotaHomer
6 years ago

I hope you guys followed me with N.O and over. Game 3 will be tough to figure, but I expect Spurs to come back strong. Good luck!!!
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Posted by tonktime
6 years ago

PISTONS 1st half!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
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Posted by Parlays2Win
6 years ago

Oops, I meant picking the OVER.
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Posted by Parlays2Win
6 years ago

Props to Covers for picking the UNDER for ORL /DET game. It's already 144 after 3 periods.
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Posted by pokerkid
6 years ago

wow spurs lose one game and now there done ...... i love going through this every year.... spurs adjust well and they will tonight..... hopefully the mascot doesnt cause another delay big three go off.... dont expect timmy to have 5 again
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Posted by falcon_jcr
6 years ago

P.S. Thanks guys... regardless of egos.... we ultimately have the same goal.
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Posted by falcon_jcr
6 years ago

Interesting posts tonight... It appears there is some debate on what side to be on tonight... However, there is a consensus on both these games going over..... For the casual better such as myself...... I LOVE IT Going to tease these games... hopefully all the way to the bank... Teaser 1: Orlando +10.5 & over 181 Hornets +1 & Over 179 4 units pays 16 Teaser 2: Pistons -2.5 & Over 181 Spurs +7 & Over 179 2 units pays 8 units Hit the middle and roll to the bank with 24 units. Needless to say... the over has to happen. GL all
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Posted by dls-saints
6 years ago

Thanks, like that too but i'm in Louisiana so i might be a lil bias. I was talkin bout your chicago play 2nite
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Posted by fasttrain
6 years ago

CALIFORNIA , DLS I TRY TO KEEP ON ALL ACTION LOVE SPORTS , LOVE WINNING AND LOVE NORTH AMERICA. FEEL GOOD ABOUT TONITES CARD. HOME STAT IS TOO HARD TO IGNORE TONITE. HORNETS ARE 22-7 ATS AT HOME . THE PLAY IS THE HORNETS AND THE OVER 182.
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Posted by dls-saints
6 years ago

fasttrain---You from Chicago or just keep up with it?
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Posted by forty9ersfan80
6 years ago

orlando plus points and spurs plus the pts everyone is jumping on the hornets. spurs will even it up.
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Posted by fasttrain
6 years ago

SPURS-HORNETS WILL GO OVER THE 182 TOTAL. HERE IS WHY. SPURS ARE 6-2-1 OVER THE TOTAL LAST 9 OVERALL. SPURS ARE 6-2-1 VS WESTERN CONF. DUNCAN WILL BE SCORING A LOT MORE BY FAR THAN LAST GAME. IAM CAPPING THIS OVER 182. WILL HAVE SIDE LATER. TAKE CARE.
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6 years ago

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6 years ago

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6 years ago

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Posted by smokin376
6 years ago

yeah yeah yeah.......GO SPURS.........IM RIDIN WITH THEM.....GO PISTONS.....OF COURSE UNTIL THE WHEELS FALL OFF.....
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Posted by cacabware
6 years ago

what up all, yo, smokin from this moment forward, YOU WILL NO LONGER BE ALLOWED TO DISCUSS UR HAWKS BET,,,,EVER!!!!! for all of eternity, got it? robbie, after lots of reading and analyzing, im on this hornets train, with this as my final thought, tony parker is always the key to the spurs success in the playoffs, his domination of other point guards, and bottom line is, he has met his match, chris paul is just better. period. hornets -3,,,lets ride boyz.
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6 years ago

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6 years ago

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Posted by 415savage
6 years ago

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Posted by smokin376
6 years ago

sportspage.... you take your chances buddy....stop posting just to post stupid comments to be recognized because everyone needs tissues now that they are laughing so hard at you.....but then again they probably did the same thing when I took the hawks to win the series.....
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Posted by tonktime
6 years ago

SMOKEY, I finally agree with you. Just only for tonight. I took them -3 at the break!!
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Posted by smokin376
6 years ago

LIKIN.....NO BETTER YET......LOVIN MY HOMETOWN TEAM ......PISTONS.....DONT CARE WHAT THE SPREAD IS.....PISTONS ARE PLAYING THERE STYLE OF PLAYOFF BASKETBALL AND LOOK REALLY GOOD RIGHT NOW.....DONT JUMP ON THAT UNDER AS ORLANDO HAD A WARM UP MATCH LAST GAME.....I LOOK FOR THIS GAME TO MAKE THE OVER....ORLANDO VERY RARELY SCORES IN THE 70'S OR EVEN 80'S FOR THAT MATTER....I THINK DETROIT COVERS BY 10 TONIGHT.....PISTONS 105 ORLANDO 95
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Posted by robbie0570
6 years ago

sometimes people give out any picks here because they talk here and maybe they don't post in the main forum.
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Posted by RoosterKing
6 years ago

All the other tips are greatly appreciated but isn't this thread for NBA picks? ;-) Yes, newbie here... :-D
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Posted by MinnesotaHomer
6 years ago

"Hornets AND the over. I don't know how the betting public keeps getting it wrong. This team is for real. They are not going to have a let-down at home. They will lose a game or two in San Antonio, but tonight they hold serve again."