Fantasy basketball tips and NBA betting picks for Monday

ESPN’s fantasy basketball and basketball betting tips cheat sheet is your pregame vacation spot for basketball betting predictions and our greatest intel and information that can assist you make good fantasy and wagering selections. NBA sport odds for January ninth are offered by Caesars Sportsbook, and fantasy recommendation is predicated on ESPN 10-team leagues.


Game Script: There are three video games that opened with a complete north of 237 factors: Bulls-Celtics, Lakers-Nuggets and Magic-Kings. Games with such a complete have gone below the projected quantity 61.1% of the time this season, so who does an underwhelming scoring evening favor? So far, the Bulls, Nuggets and Magic maintain the sting of their respective video games when it comes to ATS file when unders money, with Denver holding the most important edge (Nuggets are 11-7 ATS when below tickets chase whereas the Lakers are simply 5-11 ATS in these spots).​​

Bucks On Milwaukee: When the Knicks are a small underdog this season (three or fewer factors), the unders are 6-3, an analogous cashing fee to when the Bucks are small favorites (6-4). That provides this sport SGP potential when you think about that Milwaukee is 4-1-1 ATS in these six below cases. As far as the entire goes, do not let the latest run of Buck overs idiot you … unders are 10-8 of their video games with a sub-225-point whole (8-13 in any other case).

Pelican Pickups: The Pelicans might be with out each Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson attributable to respective accidents for tonight’s matchup towards the Wizards. The New Orleans entrance workplace has amassed distinctive depth on the wing, with the likes of Naji Marshall (93% obtainable in ESPN leagues) capably stepping up when known as on. Marshall has posted 47 factors and six steals throughout his final two video games and is simply $5,500 on DraftKings. Jonas Valanciunas ($6,600) can be a key DFS play given cheap pricing in a matchup that ought to see him strategy half-hour of publicity.

Bank on Brogdon: The Celtics’ funding in additional backcourt depth is paying off, as they will flip to Malcolm Brogdon to orchestrate offense when wanted. With Marcus Smart listed as uncertain to play towards the Bulls in Chicago tonight, Brogdon — a free agent in almost a 3rd of ESPN leagues — is positioned as a prime DFS worth and spot starter in redraft leagues.

Getting Ahead: In some aggressive fantasy hoops codecs it may possibly repay to be proactive. For occasion, including the Suns’ Duane Washington Jr. (99% obtainable in ESPN leagues) forward of Tuesday’s tilt with the Warriors. With Chris Paul unlikely to play and Cameron Payne nonetheless sidelined, Washington can construct on his latest 25-point opus towards the Cavaliers as Phoenix’s lone energetic level guard.

Target Thomas: The Lakers are warming up within the win column thanks partly to the play of Thomas Bryant, as he has been in a position to maintain down the paint whereas Anthony Davis recovers from a foot damage. Ahead of tonight’s matchup with Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets, Bryant is someway nonetheless a free agent in two-thirds of leagues regardless of averaging almost 22 factors and 13 boards over the previous week.

— Jim McCormick and Kyle Soppe


Breaking down Monday’s slate

New Orleans Pelicans at Washington Wizards
7 pm ET, Capital One Arena, Washington, DC

Line: Wizards (-1)
Money line: Wizards (-120), Pelicans (+100)
Total: 227 factors
BPI Projected Total: 233.8 factors
BPI Win%: Wizards (56.6%)

Questionable: Larry Nance Jr.
Ruled Out: Brandon Ingram, Zion Williamson, Bradley Beal
Note: BPI numbers factored in gamers who’re dominated out however assumes questionable gamers will play

Best wager: Kyle Kuzma over 22.5 factors. With Bradley Beal out for Monday’s sport, Kuzma will play a significant function for the Wizards. The Pelicans permit the fifth-most factors per sport to small forwards this season and Kuzma has averaged a career-high 21.4 PPG. — Moody

Best wager: Jonas Valanciunas over 26.5 factors + rebounds. Valanciunas ought to proceed to play a extra vital function for the Pelicans with Zion Williamson out. He’s averaged 16.3 PPG and 12.3 RPG over his previous 4 video games whereas the Wizards have given up the second-most PPG to facilities this season. — Moody

Best wager: CJ McCollum over 24.5 factors. McCollum is off the damage report after sitting Saturday’s sport on the second half of a back-to-back. With Williamson and Brandon Ingram nonetheless out, McCollum ought to once more be the focus of the Pelicans’ offense. He has averaged 26.3 PPG over his previous 12 video games and scored over 24.5 factors in eight of these 12 video games. –– Snellings

Chicago Bulls at Boston Celtics
7:30 pm ET, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

Line: Celtics (-8.5)
Money line: Celtics (-355), Bulls (+278)
Total: 237.5 factors
BPI Projected Total: 237.6 factors
BPI Win%: Celtics (80.2%)

Questionable: Alex Caruso, Marcus Smart
Ruled Out: Tony Bradley, Javonte Green
Note: BPI numbers factored in gamers who’re dominated out however assumes questionable gamers will play

Best wager: Jayson Tatum over 44.5 factors + assists + rebounds. Tatum has averaged 30 factors, 10.3 rebounds, and 6 assists towards Chicago this season. He faces a Bulls crew that ranks nineteenth in factors allowed per 100 possessions and permits the fourth-highest efficient discipline purpose share to opponents. — Moody

Best wager: Over 241.0. The Lakers have scored 120 or extra factors in 5 of their previous seven video games whereas 5 of the Nuggets previous six video games have exceeded the entire. The Lakers additionally rank second in tempo, making it probably that this might be a high-scoring sport. — Moody

Best wager: Zach LaVine over 23.5 factors. After a shaky begin to the season, LaVine has settled in at his common degree for greater than a month now. He has averaged 25.7 PPG over his previous 18 video games, whereas scoring greater than 20 factors in 14 of these video games. He’s been notably sizzling of late, averaging 29 factors in his final 4 whereas scoring 36 or extra in his final two outings. — Snellings

Milwaukee Bucks at New York Knicks
7:30 pm ET, Madison Square Garden, New York

Line: Bucks (-1)
Money line: Bucks (-120), Knicks (+100)
Total: 221 factors
BPI Projected Total: 236.1 factors
BPI Win%: Knicks (61.6%)

Ruled Out: Khris Middleton, Serge Ibaka, RJ Barrett
Note: BPI numbers factored in gamers who’re dominated out however assumes questionable gamers will play

Fantasy streamer: Immanuel Quickley (rostered in 19.4% of ESPN leagues) is as soon as once more on the streaming radar with RJ Barrett thought of uncertain for Monday’s sport. Six consecutive video games have seen Quickley rating 25 or extra fantasy factors, together with two with 50 or extra. — Moody

Best wager: Over 221.0. The over has cashed 5 instances within the Bucks previous seven video games and eight of the Knicks previous ten video games. Giannis Antetokounmpo’s lowest-scoring sport of the season coincided with the Bucks’ 29-point residence loss to the Hornets on Friday. The Bucks will probably be aggressive on this sport as they appear to bounce again. — Moody

Best wager: Giannis Antetokounmpo over 32.5 factors. Antetokounmpo is coming off one of many worst video games of his profession on Friday, a nine-point, four-rebound efficiency with zero assists and three turnovers in 22 minutes of a house blowout towards the Hornets. He had been carrying an enormous load, with Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday lacking time over the previous few weeks. He had averaged 39.1 PPG over the previous eight video games earlier than Friday and has now had three days relaxation since. Monday is an efficient bounce-back alternative towards a Knicks squad that allowed him to attain 37 factors simply over a month in the past. — Snellings

San Antonio Spurs at Memphis Grizzlies
8 pm ET, FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee

Line: Grizzlies (11)
Money line: Grizzlies (-600), Spurs (+430)
Total: 238 factors
BPI Projected Total: 240.9 factors
BPI Win%: Grizzlies (82.2%)

Questionable: Keldon Johnson, Jakob Poeltl
Ruled Out: Devin Vassell
Note: BPI numbers factored in gamers who’re dominated out however assumes questionable gamers will play

Fantasy streamer: Romeo Langford (obtainable in 99.3% of leagues) Langford has moved again into the beginning lineup with Devin Vassell out. In the 2 video games since, he averaged 14.5 PPG and 4.5 RPG in 30.0 MPG. He’s performed a minimum of 28 minutes and averaged 16.4 PPG in his previous 5 begins. — Snellings

Best wager: Tyus Jones (rostered in 9.7% of ESPN leagues) Jones is as soon as once more on the streaming radar if Ja Morant is dominated out for Monday’s sport. Jones has averaged 17.7 factors, 3.9 rebounds, and 8.1 assists per 40 minutes this season. He ought to have success towards a Spurs crew that ranks thirtieth in factors allowed per 100 possessions. — Moody

Los Angeles Lakers at Denver Nuggets
9 pm ET, Ball Arena, Denver, Colorado

Line: Nuggets (-10)
Money line: Nuggets (-440), Lakers (+335)
Total: 241.5 factors
BPI Projected Total: 245 factors
BPI Win%: Nuggets (81.4%)

Questionable: Russell Westbrook, Troy Brown Jr., LeBron James
Ruled out: Jeff Green
Note: BPI numbers factored in gamers who’re dominated out however assumes questionable gamers will play

Best wager: Jamal Murray over 23.5 factors + assists. Murray has solely averaged 19 factors and assists over the previous three video games however is well-positioned to have extra success towards a Lakers crew that has allowed some superb performances to opposing level guards. Murray has averaged 19 factors and 5.7 assists in three video games towards the Lakers this season. — Moody

Best wager: Lakers +9.5. The Lakers have gained 5 straight video games and are quietly creeping up the standings of their division. The Nuggets are as sizzling as any crew within the West, having gained eight of their previous 10 video games, however the final time these groups confronted off the Lakers gained by 18 factors. I can agree with the Nuggets being favored to win, however with the best way the Lakers are enjoying proper now I’d take them with nearly 10 factors towards just about anybody within the West. — Snellings

Orlando Magic at Sacramento Kings
10 pm ET, Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California

Line: Kings (-6.5)
Money line: Kings (-240), Magic (+196)
Total: 237 factors
BPI Projected Total: 242.1 factors
BPI Win%: Kings (74.2%)

Ruled Out: Bol Bol
Note: BPI numbers factored in gamers who’re dominated out however assumes questionable gamers will play

Fantasy streamer: Markelle Fultz (obtainable in 65.2% of leagues) Fultz has turn into among the finest defensive guards within the league, and it provides a component to his all-around sport that makes him a starter in most fantasy codecs. In his final 12 video games, Fultz has averaged 12.5 PPG, 6.3 APG, 5.3 RPG and 2.4 SPG. In his final outing, on Saturday, he turned in a 4×5 sport with 16 factors, 7 assists, 6 steals and 5 rebounds in 31 minutes. — Snellings

Best wager: Magic +5.5. With how the Kings have performed recently, it is troublesome to see Sacramento defeating the Magic by greater than 5.5 factors. The Kings are 1-4 of their previous 5 video games towards the unfold. In their previous 4 street video games towards groups with profitable information at residence, the Magic are 4-0 towards the unfold. — Moody

Best wager: De’Aaron Fox over 32.5 factors + assists. Over the final 12 video games, Fox has averaged 27.7 factors and 6.9 assists. The Magic ranks 18th in factors allowed per 100 possessions. Fox scored 37 factors and amassed three assists towards Orlando again on November fifth, 2022. — Moody

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