Pick 'n' roll: Monday's best basketball bets
Los Angeles Clippers at Memphis Grizzlies (-6, 203)
The Clippers finish off a successful road trip Monday in Memphis and they’re hoping to build upon a great effort on Saturday.
Los Angeles ripped the Washington Wizards 122-101 as a 2.5-point favorite, covering for the fifth time in six games. Blake Griffin led the way with all 26 of his points in the opening 24 minutes and Mo Williams chipped in 22.
"Blake is a phenomenal player," Wizards coach Flip Saunders told the media postgame. "He puts so much pressure on you. He has great strength. He is phenomenal in the open floor."
It was an impressive showing from the Clippers after they looked flat in a loss to New Jersey, a game that Griffin had a chance to win at the charity stripe. But it was encouraging to see Los Angeles rebound by pushing the pace all night against Washington.
They’ll hope to do the same against the Grizzlies, who have lost consecutive games, including a blowout defeat against the Heat. Pick:
ClippersGolden State Warriors at Sacramento Kings (-1, 217)
The Sacramento Kings have lost six consecutive games and are desperately missing injured guard Tyreke Evans, who averages better than 18 points a night.
Evans has missed the last 13 games with plantar fasciitis and while the team would love to have him back, there is talk that he may not get back on the court this season. It’s not like the Kings have a whole lot to play for at this point to rush him back.
To make matters worse, starting point guard Beno Udrih also sat out Saturday’s 115-103 loss to New Orleans as he battled the flu. His status is still in question for Monday’s game.
Golden State has a quick turnaround after hosting Minnesota on Sunday, but the Warriors have covered in each of their last five meetings with the Kings and should be able to get it done on the road here. Pick