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

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

Houston Rockets at Miami Heat (+3, 187)  odds provided by logans

Coming off his two best offensive performances of the season, Dwyane Wade will face a stiffer challenge Monday when his Miami Heat host the Rockets, the Western Conference's stingiest defensive team.

Miami (7-6) has been inconsistent during the early going, as it's yet to win three in a row and hasn't lost consecutive games. The one constant for the Heat has been Wade, who's averaging 28.9 points - second in the NBA behind Cleveland's LeBron James - and has turned in his best two efforts of the season in the last two games.

Wade had a season-high 40 points and 11 assists Wednesday in a 101-95 loss to Toronto. Then, despite experiencing flu-like symptoms Saturday morning, he helped Miami bounce back that night with 38 points as the Heat rallied from a 12-point halftime deficit for a 109-100 win over Indiana.

His best three-game total is 117 points from March 8-12, 2006, but the Rockets (9-5) would figure to make it difficult for Wade to break that mark. Houston allows 90.0 points per game - right behind league-best Boston at 89.9 - and has given up 87.4 ppg while going 5-2 in its last seven contests.

The Rockets kicked off a three-game road trip Friday with a 103-91 victory over Washington, overcoming a seven-point deficit after three quarters by outscoring the Wizards 33-14 in the final period. A night later in Orlando, the Magic scored 53 points in the first half, but Houston clamped down after halftime and Yao Ming finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds in a 100-95 win.

While Houston will have its hands full with Wade, who averaged 32.0 points against the Rockets last season, the Heat will have quite a challenge in dealing with Yao. He's averaging 24.8 points on 61.9 percent shooting in his last four games against Miami.

The Rockets hope Tracy McGrady is starting to pick it up offensively. McGrady failed to score in double figures in four of six games earlier this month - something that happened only six times last season - but he's averaging 17.7 points in his last three contests.

Pick: Under

New Orleans Hornets at Los Angeles Clippers (+6, 187) odds provided by logans

The Clippers hope Zach Randolph can provide a spark in his debut on Monday night in Los Angeles, something Chris Paul has been doing all season for the Hornets.

Off to a slow start and already in last place in the Pacific Division, the Clippers (2-11) acquired Randolph and Mardy Collins on Friday from the New York Knicks in exchange for Cuttino Mobley and Tim Thomas. The pair were inactive Saturday in Los Angeles' 112-95 loss to New Jersey, but the arrival of Randolph - third in the NBA at 12.5 rebounds per game - should give the Clippers a much-needed boost on the boards, where they have been outrebounded by 5.2 per game.

Baron Davis will try to follow up his 30-point, 10-assist game against New Jersey with another big outing against the Hornets. Davis is averaging 24.5 points and 8.5 assists in his last six games versus New Orleans.

The Hornets (7-5) begin a three-game road trip buoyed by another stellar effort from Paul, who posted his first triple-double of the season and fifth of his career with 29 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds as New Orleans completed a home-and-home sweep of the Oklahoma City Thunder with 109-97 win on Saturday.

"It was his best game of the year," Hornets coach Byron Scott said of Paul, who leads the NBA in assists (11.8) and steals (3.1).

New Orleans, which is shooting 46.5 percent from the field - fifth in the NBA - made a season-best 54.1 percent on Saturday and has hit 51.7 percent of its shots the past three games. That accuracy could continue against the Clippers, who have allowed three opponents to shoot better than 50 percent during their current 1-5 stretch.

Pick: New Orleans

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Posted by TomBomb
6 years ago

WHats good everyone. Hoping I hit the over on the hornets/Clippers 186. CJ good win on UCONN. I am a cuse fan and that was a big win for the Orange today. I can't stand Uconn so i didn't follow your play. Good win for you. Mega whats good. Hey u are right you can't win them all. What is "i make the best pic" talking about. Mega has been on a roll on his locked in plays. Finally took an L today. Everybody here wants to be the best for whatever reason. Thats just childish. Grow up people. UNO
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Posted by dinamo77
6 years ago

nohype answer!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted by dinamo77
6 years ago

NOHYPE why did you change your name from TEABAG
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Posted by dinamo77
6 years ago

AUSSIE but what s freaking me OUt is that lots of times they know the outcome of the games!!!!
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Posted by Aussieguy
6 years ago

oh mate, there's an endless list of things that these guys take into consideration. It's not just numbers they play around with, but it's your and my mind they play with also. They're not just some brilliant mathematicians, who add and subtract points for and against. they're get into the public's psyche too. Too many things to list and a thesis I could write on this, but I'd better leave it to other experts here to talk more on this. :-) Let's wrap up this 4th Quarter at the Superdome and we'll be laughing. :-) Looks money but we'll wait and see one more Q. Let's go SAINTERS
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Posted by dinamo77
6 years ago

this game is OVER from the beginning of 3rd Quarter!!!
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Posted by dinamo77
6 years ago

Aussie . these guys are right on.. i m overthinking myself how they do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted by dinamo77
6 years ago

they cut my sentence ... why
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Posted by dinamo77
6 years ago

AUSSIE long time didn t see you in here....i read your post on your web anyhow....Anyway what do you think these guys who make the lines take into consideration the most when they make the lines
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Posted by robbie0570
6 years ago

yeah.... he makes the best picks supposedly and bashes aussie, yet he's currently 1-4 tonight.
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Posted by Joe$$Moneyline
6 years ago

I Make The Worst Pics...Your Pix Stink Lol
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Posted by iMAKEtheBESTpic
6 years ago

Nice advice Aussie, now all you need to tell Megamaniak is how to wipe his butt. Aussie, my picks are posted every day and I usually make 3-5 picks and consistently go 2-1 and 3-2. Suck it. If nobody can make better lines than line makers, then in what universe do the people exist who become the line makers in 10 years
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Posted by Aussieguy
6 years ago

right back at ya Mega. Bad luck bro. AS you said can't win em all! Get em tomorrow mate. I know you will.
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Posted by Megamaniak
6 years ago

Wow. GB pass D just getting brutalized. Oh well, can't win 'em all. What's up Aussieman
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Posted by Aussieguy
6 years ago

I would have thought you'd stick ONLY with our MNF bet tonight cub. Try to refrain mate, from spreading out too thin. Over the years, I've learned to give my outmost RESPECT to the line makers. They're absolutely STUNNING at what they do. If you bet across the board you'll lose. Period. no one, and I mean NO ONE, will ever be able to come on top on any given day if they bet several games across the board (I know some smart A$$ here will raise their voice and say shut the fk up Aussie, I have won 5 games in one day and i've hit a 4 team parlay... blah blah blah..) But yes we all have our lucky day. However, do that on a daily basis and you're doomed to either end up at Salvation army for food, or prison for stealing! As I always, say BET 1 or 2 games AT THE MOST and leave, whether win or lose. Learn to be content taking the loser just as "happily" as you would take that winner. It's hard to put into practice, but it's the only key to being successful at betting in sports. Now I will listen to that smart A$$ advice and shut the fk up. Have a great day or evening everyone. How's nohype today
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Posted by testrite
6 years ago

defense
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Posted by testrite
6 years ago

no defence in the GB/ ZNo game
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Posted by nctrheel24
6 years ago

amen to that cubboy.. im a diehard sixers fan but they really are the most overrated team in the nba by far.. how do u lose outright to two of the worst teams in the nba
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Posted by cubboy
6 years ago

i will never put another dollar on the pitiful sixers they truly suck......
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Posted by ediway
6 years ago

i don't really remember the one who post the game on texas ncaab but i wanted to say tks. i don't know anything about ncaab so just followed that bet, and now i got 5 unit extra. tks keep the good work. :)
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Posted by Megamaniak
6 years ago

GB D allowed 16.7 ppg last three vs. Minny, Tenn, and Da Bears. NO D allowing 17.5 ppg in New Orleans this season. New Orleans 1st in pass O, Green Bay 3rd in the NFL in pass D (176.3 ypg).
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Posted by Cino
6 years ago

final card: Green Bay New Orleans Houston M.L. good luck everyone
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Posted by Megamaniak
6 years ago

Wow. My whole write up got chopped all to hell.
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Posted by Megamaniak
6 years ago

One NFL play tonight. -- GB/NO UNDER 52 -- Going against the grain here folks tonight. Every Joe Blow Bettor and media pundit is declaring this matchup as the next OK Corral. Usually with everyone flapping their gums about offense, guess who show up
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Posted by MicShea
6 years ago

utah
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Posted by Megamaniak
6 years ago

"Wow. My whole write up got chopped all to hell."