December is off and running in the association as teams are in full sprint mode to Christmas and the halfway mark of the season. In both conferences, things are all but decided in the middle as a dozen teams jockey for positioning in the standings.
Let’s take a look at what is a packed Monday slate and see where we can find the value.
Leg #1. Wizards +5 | -110 at DK Sportsbook
Losers of three of their last four, the Wizard’s hot start has officially cooled as they find themselves down the Eastern Conference standings as the meat of the season rounds into form. The last time we saw them on the court (last night) was one of their worst offensive performances of the season, scoring just 90 points (90-102) in a road loss to the Raptors.
After the loss, the Wizards hopped on a plane for Indiana as they’ll take on a Pacers team tonight they’ve had plenty of success against. Dating back to last season, the Wizards have won five straight, scoring no less than 132 points in any of the matchups.
I like for Bradley Beal to get his team back on track tonight in this one.
Leg #2. Wizards/Pacers Over 211 | -110 at DK Sportsbook
In part I believe due to the Wizard’s offensive woes, I see this total as way too low given these two’s recent track records. Not only have the Wizards won the last five straight, but the totals have been bizarrely high.
Going back to May of last season, the final numbers (combined score) have come in at 295, 265, 257, and 269! With the closest of those coming within 46 of this posted total and two rosters that look similar; I’m taking this one over.
Leg #3. Trail Blazers ML | +130 at DK Sportsbook
Despite hovering just under the .500 mark throughout the season thus far, the Trail Blazers have been a totally different team at home. To date, they are 10-3 (8-4-1 ATS) in Portland, all while averaging 113.4 points per game.
For the Clippers, the road has spelled trouble for the team from Los Angeles, as they come into this one with an away record of 3-5 while averaging just 105.3 points per game. Additionally, the Kawhi Leonard-less Clippers managed a decent start, but things have gone south as of late. Over their last 10, they are just 3-7 with an ATS record of 2-8.
I like for the Trail Blazers to get the best of a matchup between two teams quite familiar with one another.
Total Odds: +738 at DraftKings
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