Sports NBA Monday best bets, player props: Keep buying the Raptors' defense
Ibaka: Raptors match 'perfectly' with Bucks
The Milwaukee Bucks have the NBA's best record, a historically great defense, and reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. But in a best-of-seven postseason matchup, Toronto Raptors big man Serge Ibaka still likes his team's chances. "I think we match with them perfectly," Ibaka said, according to The Athletic's Joe Vardon. "Because the way they play, we have size. They have guys like Giannis, and you have to have some bodies, some bigs with size who can move their feet, and we have those guys. It's still going to take an army of guys to stop him, but at least you have somebody he can see ...
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The first weekend of the NBA restart is in the books. Bettors and fans got a little bit of everything, from blowouts to shootouts to prime-time upsets.
The action marches on Monday, featuring a solid six-game slate. Ready for some more plays? Here are the best bets and player props to consider.
NBA title best bets: Buy the Clippers and these 2 dark horses
Find line reports, best bets, and subscribe to push notifications in the Betting News section. There's a clear-cut first tier of NBA title contenders. The toughest part is figuring out which one(s) to bet. The Lakers, Clippers, and Bucks all have what it takes to win a ring. Here, we'll make our case for which of those clubs stands above the others, as well as our other best bets to win the 2019-20 championship. Clippers (+250) The Clippers areThere's a clear-cut first tier of NBA title contenders. The toughest part is figuring out which one(s) to bet.
Miami Heat vs. Toronto Raptors (-2.5, 221)
Toronto unders might be good throughout the restart. While a majority of games over the weekend looked more like scrimmages than meaningful action, the' defense really buckled down in the team's 107-92 win over the .
L.A. made just 35.4% of its shots from the floor and 25% of its threes, all while turning the ball over 17 times. The Raptors didn't allow more than 26 points in a single quarter.
Are we that surprised? Toronto's No. 2 in the league in defensive rating and showed no signs of taking the foot off the gas. If the Raptors turn in another solid defensive effort against the Heat, this game should sail comfortably under the total.
Miami's offense runs at the second-slowest pace among bubble teams. It had its way against a depleteddefense on Saturday, but this is a much tougher matchup.
NBA Wednesday best bets, player props: Bet high on VanVleet, Raptors
Find line reports, best bets, and subscribe to push notifications in the Betting News section. We split Tuesday's contests on a light six-game NBA slate, but two injuries to players on struggling teams leave plenty of value on the table for Wednesday. Here are our favorite bets for the night. Memphis Grizzlies vs. Utah Jazz (-4.5, 225) The Grizzlies entered the eight-game seeding schedule in a prime position to stave off their pursuers for the No. 8 seed in the West, but things have gone from bad to worse in a hurry. Memphis is one of just three teams yet to win a game in the bubble, and it lost rising star Jaren Jackson Jr. to a season-ending injury Monday.
Monday should feature a slow-paced tilt with both offenses struggling to fill the bucket.
Pick: Under 221
Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Lakers (-6, 219)
Los Angeles was in a tough spot Saturday, two days removed from an emotional opening-night win over the. This is a pretty nice buy-low spot against a team that would probably be 0-2 in the restart if it wasn't for the ' collapse on Thursday.
The Lakers are 8-3-1 against the spread following an ATS loss and have covered each of the last four meetings against Utah.
Meanwhile, the Jazz are on a pitiful 0-8-1 run ATS after an outright loss and are 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven games on one day of rest. L.A. will bounce back in a big way.
Pick: Lakers -6
Bam Adebayo points - Under 15.5
's performed well against the Raptors this season. The center scored 18 points and went plus-10 in the first meeting, then made seven of his eight attempts en route to 15 points in the second.
NBA: dismantling! Celtics roll over ice-cold champion
The Boston Celtics celebrated a statement victory against the Toronto Raptors. Against the champion, who was still unbeaten in the bubble, the team led by the German national player Daniel Theis with up to 40 points and in the end won confidently with 122: 100. © Provided by SPOX Daniel Theis scored a double-double against the Toronto Raptors. Toronto Raptors (49-19) - Boston Celtics (46-23) 100: 122 ( BOXSCORE ) The Celtics could rely on an even scoring.
Don't bet on the big man having his way for the third straight time.
The Raptors allow the third-fewest points to opposing centers this season. They should be prepared to hold Adebayo in check following a tough matchup againston Saturday. Play the under on Adebayo's point total.
Alex Kolodziej is a betting writer for theScore. He's a graduate of Eastern Illinois who has been involved in the sports betting industry for 12 years. He can quote every line from "Rounders" and appreciates franchises that regularly wear alternate jerseys. Find him on Twitter.
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