NBA Monday Picks


August 17, 2020 11:22 AM

We didn't always think we would get here, but the 2019/20 NBA playoffs are finally here! And boy, are we set for an awesome post-season.

Today's action is shaping up as an amazing start to the playoffs, with four genuinely intriguing matchups.

We've run the numbers across all four clashes and using our data have pulled together the best plays for today's games.

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Jazz @ Nuggets

BEST: Nuggets moneyline (-198*) has a 65% probability

2020 playoffs action kicks off with the Nuggets taking on the Jazz and our predictive model agrees with the sportsbooks, giving Denver a whopping 65% chance of taking an early lead in the series.

Playoff Jokic was an absolute beast last year and is one of the few centers that can take on and beat defensive star Rudy Gobert. Confidently play the Nuggets to take the dub in this one.

Suggested Spread and Over/Under plays HERE


Nets @ Raptors

BEST: Nets +9.5 (-106*) has a 54% probability

The Raps are one of the most professional squads in the NBA and will likely do enough in each game to win this series 4-0 without needing too many blowout wins. Our data suggests that the Nets should be able to cover in game one today.

Suggested Moneyline and Over/Under plays HERE

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Sixers @ Celtics

BEST: Sixers +5.5 (-108*) has a 52% probability

The Celtics are rightfully favorites in this one after a more successful run in the bubble so far. But in saying that, the Sixers (4-4 since the restart) have kept 3 of their losses to 5 or less points, showing that they won’t die easily.

Our computer likes the Sixers to cover in this one, with Joel Embiid set to top score for the game.

Read our full betting preview for this game HERE

Mavericks @ Clippers

BEST: Total points: Under 230 (-110*) has a 51% probability

Our projections have this staying under the total. With Luka playing his first NBA playoff game and two of the league’s top 5 perimeter defenders on the Clippers’ team, this one should stay under.

Suggested Moneyline and Spread plays HERE

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*Odds and percentages correct at time of publishing.