The NBA is the Wild West right now with COVID-19 and the league’s health protocols, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t edges to be had. Following a tough week, we bounced back strong with an 8-1-1 week of article plays, improving to 59-51-2 on the season for article plays. Let’s look to put together another winning week with some strong spots on Monday.
Follow along on Twitter — @julianedlow — for what we hope to be another great season, as some plays jump out late due to news, particularly in the player prop market. Here’s what jumps out to me on DraftKings Sportsbook.
We faded the Bulls in their first game without Zach LaVine as an article play on Friday, and Memphis comfortably covered that one for us. Chicago bounced back with a win over the lowly Cavs on Saturday, but are back in a tough spot without LaVine on Monday in Boston. Prior to Saturday’s win over the Cavs, the Bulls were on an 0-5 SU/ATS skid. Chicago also hasn’t played well against the C’s in recent matchups, going 1-8 SU/ATS in the last nine meetings. The Celtics have a lengthy injury report for this one, but Jayson Tatum (ankle) and Jaylen Brown (illness) are both going to be available to play, which is enough for me to lay the points. Boston is riding a six-game winning streak, including winning eight of their past nine and going 7-2 ATS during that span. Kemba Walker and Marcus Smart are both questionable due to whatever non-Covid related illness Boston’s locker room seems to be dealing with. It’d be a nice bonus if one or both were to play, but Tatum and Brown are enough for me to lock this one in.
This is one of the strangest matchups you’ll see all season when it comes to home/road splits. The 27-28 Spurs have been tremendous on the road, going 15-10 SU and 17-8 ATS. Then you have the 26-30 Pacers, who are a pathetic 9-16 SU and 7-18 ATS at home. Go figure. The Spurs are 4-2 ATS in their past six outings and seem to be healthy for this one. The Pacers are just 1-11 ATS in their past 12 home games and have four key contributors listed as questionable — Domantas Sabonis, Myles Turner, Doug McDermott and Jeremy Lamb. I’m cool with pulling the trigger on the Spurs now, but if any combination of those four gets ruled out, our bet only strengthens.
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