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NBA picks against the spread for December 2nd

All eyes will be on the Bucks, but we’ve got five other games to go over for Monday night’s six-game slate. Here are picks against the spreads on DraftKings Sportsbook.

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid looks on during the fourth quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Wells Fargo Center.  James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

We have a relatively light slate of games set for Monday as we start to get into the month of December. Six games, highlighted by the Milwaukee Bucks going for their 12th straight win, hosting the New York Knicks. The Bucks should coast to a win tonight, but can they cover a hefty spread? That’s what makes betting more fun in the NBA. Sure, teams get their teeth kicked in regularly, but sometimes those really awful teams cover the spread and win us some cash.

Other than that spot, we’ve got the Philadelphia 76ers taking on the Utah Jazz, which may have a bit of a playoff look to it, two teams who actually play good defense. This is rare in the NBA, so if you’re old school, this is where you’ll want to look. We also get the privilege, nay, the pleasure, of watching the Hawks and Warriors fight to see who can be more inept on defense. Atlanta is on a 10-game losing streak and the Dubs have lost eight of their past 10 games. That may be the toughest spot for us. Let’s get into my picks on DraftKings Sportsbook:

Jazz (+5.5) @ 76ers
Hornets (+4.5) vs. Suns
Warriors (+6.5) @ Hawks
Bucks (-16.5) vs. Knicks
Pacers (-10) @ Grizzlies
Bulls (+5.5) @ Kings

I’m going to be honest, it took a lot for me to not take the points in all of these games. I’m skeptical that the Bucks can cover this type of spread, since we’ve seen them play down to competition a bit this season. Still, I think with the Knicks having no Marcus Morris and a few other rotation players banged up, Milwaukee could easily win this by 20+ points.

I was torn between the Jazz getting points and the Sixers inability to cover spreads. Philly generally plays in tight games and I think Utah can keep it close and obviously has a chance to win, since the money line isn’t too large. I don’t think the Hawks are 6.5 points better than anyone, the Warriors are no exception. The Bulls made some progress covering the spread against the Trail Blazers over the weekend, so I’m riding that momentum here! I think Chicago can steal a win on the road, so gimme the points.

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