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

Content provided by Associated Press. Picks by Covers.com staff.

Portland Trail Blazers at Orlando Magic odds provided by logans (-7, 192)

Orlando (4-2) opened the season by scoring 85 and 84 points in losses to Atlanta and Memphis, respectively, but has since averaged 105.3 points while winning the first four games of this homestand.

Dwight Howard had 31 points and 16 rebounds - both season highs - in a 106-81 victory over Washington on Saturday. The center shot 11-for-13 from the field and also had three blocked shots, bringing his season total to a league-leading 24.

"I've seen him have numbers like that before, but I'm not sure he's played a better game since I've been here," said coach Stan Van Gundy, in his second season with Orlando.

"On top of being dominant physically, which he always is, he was just so patient. He wasn't forcing anything, just letting the game come to him. He looked like a more mature, professional guy down in the low post."

Howard, who is averaging 22.0 points and 13.7 rebounds, said his teammates are making it possible for him to put up the big numbers.

While the Magic seek to complete an unblemished homestand, the Trail Blazers have dropped all three of their road games while winning all three of their contests at home - a pattern they'll seek to change as they open the first of three five-game road trips they'll take this season.

They defeated Minnesota 97-93 at the Rose Garden on Saturday, as LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points and 13 rebounds and Brandon Roy added 24 points and nine assists.

Injured center Greg Oden (foot) will join the Blazers on the road trip, but it hasn't been decided whether he will play in any of the games. He's been out since injuring himself during Portland's season opener, and was originally expected to miss four-to-six weeks.

Pick: Under

Toronto Raptors at Boston Celtics odds provided by logans (-8, 183)

If the Boston Celtics were planning on displaying any complacency as they begin defense of their NBA championship, it hasn't showed up yet.

Playing the same outstanding defense that paved the way to the franchise's 17th NBA title in June, the Celtics will look to extend their winning streak to five games on Monday when they host the Atlantic Division rival Toronto Raptors.

Even with the offensive talents of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, Boston's hallmark last season was a defense that held opponents to 90.3 points per game. The Celtics (6-1) led the league in field-goal percentage defense (.419) and 3-point percentage defense (.316).

Their latest impressive defensive effort came Sunday on the same floor where they clinched the Eastern Conference title last season. Boston limited Detroit to just 34.7 percent from the field and used a 30-10 second quarter to coast to an 88-76 win over the Pistons.

Toronto (4-2), on the other hand, has been carried by Chris Bosh. The three-time All-Star is third in the league in scoring, averaging 26.7 points - 10.5 more than any other Raptor.

Bosh has led the team in scoring in five of six games, and turned in his best overall effort on Sunday at Charlotte. Bosh scored 30 points - 14 in the fourth quarter - and grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds in Toronto's 89-79 win over the Bobcats.

The lack of productivity coming from center Jemaine O'Neal hasn't hurt the Raptors yet, but the Raps need more production from their other big man against a good teams like the Celtics.

Pick: Celtics

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Posted by hightimes33
6 years ago

added one more half time play to the card: ARI -9.5 2 UNITS, there will be no shocking the world today
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Posted by cantex48
6 years ago

Ok,will admit to being naive thinking raps cld. beat boston///guess we shld. call off nba season,and just go to playoffs Lakers/celts,save the money and all those bets,wunder if the christian Warner,put big bucks on niners ml???so far,think so!!GL(especially to the niners folks,glad am not in that mess)
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Posted by S_A_I_N_T_S
6 years ago

1 loss on the night w/ the Heat only winning by 5.
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Posted by hightimes33
6 years ago

1-1 night, up 1 unit, went against the theory in the miami game and it kicked me in the as,s, oh well winning night to start out the week, cant complain
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Posted by cantex48
6 years ago

SUM KINDA ROLE REVERSAL @ BOSTON....SORRY FOR CAPS,AM AMAZED AT THE WRONG SIDE WINNING,BUT AM ON UNDER,WLD LOVE TO SEE RAPS CONTINUE...AM IN CANADA,WE HAVE ONLY ONE TEAM UP HERE,THIS WLD BE HUGE,AND GREAT PIK WHOMEVER TOOK RAPS!
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Posted by hightimes33
6 years ago

LOCKED IN UNDER 94 MIAMI NJ 1 UNIT
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Posted by hightimes33
6 years ago

ONE HALFTIME BET PICK: BOS -8 2 UNITS, GOOD LUCK ALL, BOS COMES OUT HUGE IN THIRD QUARTER
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Posted by hightimes33
6 years ago

LAYING LOW UNTIL I SEE SOME HALFTIME SCORES, NO PLAYS SO FAR, BEST OF LUCK TO ALL
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Posted by S_A_I_N_T_S
6 years ago

CJ, the Cards does seem to easy 2nite prompting a play on the other side. Even though the trend has been doing well, I don't know about putting money behind Shaun Hill at the QB. It'll be a l8 play or nothing for me. GL on it though.
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Posted by S_A_I_N_T_S
6 years ago

Locked in Heat -8. Let's roll.
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Posted by S_A_I_N_T_S
6 years ago

Wassup fellas? I'm comin in late 2day. I think I like the Heat to cover against the Nets 2nite. Laying 8 w/ a team coming off a bad loss against a team w/ an injured PG. Harris is very important to the Nets success. Can't say I'd lay the 10 w/ AZ 2nite. I'd rather be on the other side. Like everyone is saying, DD dogs have covered like crazy this season. Can't buck the trend until it goes cold.
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Posted by julio_cat
6 years ago

Played Duke Under 139. Sorry I had not enough time to post before tip off also Played Arizona vs Giants Over 47
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Posted by MR219
6 years ago

Went 4-4 in NFL (down approximately 2 units) and 2-1 in NBA up 4 units. Need Arz ML to complete a parlay for 5 units. I am going to also play the following: 1. 2 team parlay of the New York Rangers and Boston Celtics for 2 units (priced at approximately -113). 2. Arz - 9.5, -110 for 1 unit 3. Bos - 8.5, -110, 1 unit 4. Okc - Ind -197, -110, 1 unit 5. Okc under 92.5, -120, 1 unit Good luck with your bets tonight!
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Posted by the glass man
6 years ago

every once in a while the orlando magic lay an egg...tonight will be one of those nights...ill take the 7 1/2 and also taking the +250 on the money line with the blazers. at this point, i am not ready to lay double digits with the arizona cardinals...sure the 49ers are awful, but even bad teams can cover the #. ill take san fran small...good luck all.
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Posted by Grandmasback
6 years ago

(12-5) NBA +6.5Units 1.) toronto raptors over 87pts. (1 unit) 2.) san fran 49ers over 18.5 (1 unit) hope everyone has a solid night. BOL
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Posted by Pimpin_Rivas
6 years ago

i liked memphis last night 2 they were going back and forth, switching off leads then they end up not covering bad break dude,,, buut i like them tonite to cover
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Posted by tonktime
6 years ago

CLEMENTE, WHAT'S UP BRO?
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Posted by cubboy
6 years ago

did anyone have mempis -8 1/2 last night? somebody wanted them not to cover they were down 10 got the ball back with 13 seconds and dribbled the clock out???????? never even attemted a shot .
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Posted by russianwin
6 years ago

p.s. willhill.com william hill is the biggest bokkie company in the world with the budget 15 billion bucks
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Posted by russianwin
6 years ago

bet365.com
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Posted by freeagent
6 years ago

Hey guys, what is the most reliable sports betting site?
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Posted by tonktime
6 years ago

SRTZEE, THAT WAS THE "MAN" THERE BUDDY!!!! I WONDER WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM!! I HOPE HE COMES BACK AROUND. THAT'S ANOTHER CAR FOR ME TO GET!! LOL OH! YEA, DON'T FORGET ABOUT MR. PACKERSBACKERS. HE'S ANOTHER GREAT CAPPER TOO, FOR COLLEGE BASKETBALL!!! I'M PRETTY SURE, HE'LL POP UP REAL SOON!!
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Posted by SRTZEE
6 years ago

Anybody see ML-KING around?? College starts tonight, last year nobody could touch him, I tailed him for 15 straight ats wins....
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Posted by the_future_012
6 years ago

Let's be serious, the ARI SF game is going over the 48. Shaun Hill doesn't make as many mistakes as J.T. O'Sullivan. Sure, he doesn't pass as much, but with the pass happy Mike Martz, he will get Hill involved through the air. I like San Fran to cover the points too. By no means will Arizona blow out the 49ers on the big stage, Singletary off a bye week, and a better looking new QB. San Francisco +9.5 Over 48
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Posted by benhogan76
6 years ago

Imakebestpic, do you have any reasons for your picks in NBA? All the stats and trends I have seen point to Suns O and Magic U.
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Posted by russianwin
6 years ago

"p.s. willhill.com william hill is the biggest bokkie company in the world with the budget 15 billion bucks"