A Near Perfect Night for Home Teams
The NBA almost had a full night of home wins on its seven-game Monday night slate as home teams went 6-1 straight up and against-the-spread (ATS) to kick off the new week. Let’s take a look at our NBA Monday Games Report to see how the markets performed across the board.
The Detroit Pistons were the only home team that didn’t deliver as they were on the end of a mauling by the Milwaukee Bucks. The Pistons returned home for their first game since making the trip to Paris, but it seemed they forgot to show up for opening tip as the Bucks led wire-to-wire en route to a 150-130 win.
Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton both made their return to the lineup for Milwaukee, who raced out to a 49-24 lead after the opening frame. Things never got better for Detroit and the game quickly turned into a pick up game as neither side made much effort to get stops on defense following the opening quarter.
The full game total got steamed to 236.5 points after opening at 230.5 points in most places and the money was certainly justified in a game that still cleared the closing number by 43.5 points.
Home Dogs Deliver Again
The Orlando Magic won as 7.5-point underdogs at home to the Boston Celtics as they became the first team to secure a season series win over the top team in the NBA.
The Magic led for the majority of this one against an understrength Boston team, who may have had one eye on their showdown with the Miami Heat tomorrow. Orlando led at the end of every quarter as they secured a 113-98 win to make it three straight underdog wins against this Celtics team this season.
The Houston Rockets were also outright winners as 6.0-point home underdogs to the Minnesota Timberwolves. These teams played for the second time in succession, but a return home saw Houston flip the tables on their Western Conference rivals as they secured a 119-114 win at the Toyota Center.
Rudy Gobert made his return for the Timberwolves but that seemed to do little to help the team as they too trailed at the end of every quarter. Jalen Green tied his career-high with 42 points on a night where he could’ve set a new benchmark had he not shot 6-for-10 from the free throw line.
Big Nights for Sacramento, Chicago
The Kings had opened as 1.5-point underdogs before closing as 4.0-point favorites on the back of the news that one of the NBA scoring leaders in Ja Morant would be unavailable for the visitors. Steven Adams was also a late scratch for Memphis.
The Grizzlies were playing the second of a road back-to-back as well as their third in four nights away from home. Despite an 80-point first quarter where the Kings tied an NBA record for most made threes in a quarter (12) this game still managed to stay comfortably Under the full game total of 244.5 points.
Sacramento held the Grizzlies to a season-low 10 points in the fourth quarter to ensure the unlikely cash for Unders bettors.
The Bulls closed as 1.5-point favorites on a night where they made it three straight wins and covers.
This game saw a lot of late action on the Over, but the market couldn’t have been more wrong in this instance with the final score falling 29 point shy of the 240.0 point closing total.
In the other games, the Utah Jazz covered the -7.5-point spread in a 120-102 home win over the Charlotte Hornets, who were again without the services of LaMelo Ball. This total also saw some late support on the Over but stayed comfortably below the 236.5 points closing number.
The Portland Trail Blazers bounced back from their disastrous home collapse to the Lakers the night before by running out 147-127 win over the San Antonio Spurs. The Blazers opened as 9.0-point favorites but closed as low as -7.5 point in some places.
The Spurs were certainly in the contest for the majority, with the teams going into halftime all locked up at 72-72. Portland used a 20-3 run to blow things open in the third quarter and the Spurs simply weren’t able to keep up with Portland’s red-hot shooting from beyond the arc.
That’s all for our NBA Monday Games Report. After a big day for backing home teams make sure you check back tomorrow to see if the home trend continues across the league.
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