Trae Young averaged 33.0 PPG (53.4 FG%), 10.7 APG, and 4.3 3PG over three games against the Bucks last season. Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images
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What you need to know for Monday’s games
Los Angeles, We Have A Problem: The Clippers have struggled to win in convincing fashion this season and as if that is not reason enough to worry about them covering the number tonight, here’s another: home underdogs of more than five points have returned a +17.1 unit profit when bet on the moneyline this season. These two teams have already played twice and yes, the Clips won both meetings, but the Rockets did have a second half lead in both contests.
Rating The Raptors: Toronto will be without three regulars tonight and are still significant favorites in Detroit against the Cade Cunningham-less Pistons. It may be tough to feel good about the Raptors, but keep in mind that, since the beginning of last season, they are 11-4 ATS when being favored on the road. The missing players is significant, but sportsbooks have consistently underrated Canada’s finest when playing in the United States.
Points Aplenty: This Hornets vs. Magic game is priced based on season-long data and that could give us a buying opportunity. The total is currently in the low 220’s which, on its surface, looks appropriate (these teams combine to average 119.1 points per game). But … the Hornets saw their pace increase and defensive efficiency decrease in LaMelo Ball‘s return to action while the Magic could be getting Paolo Banchero (ankle) back. The Ball stats make sense given how he plays and For Orlando, they are seeing an average of 248.3 points scored in November when their rookie suits up. This total likely rises if Banchero is cleared and given that the Magic didn’t play this weekend and are off again tomorrow, it seems reasonable to think he could give it a go.
Bol Position: The Orlando Magic have experimented with leaning into long lineups, starting multiple centers and forwards as their backcourt has been depleted by injuries. The key beneficiary of these creative looks has been Bol Bol, a two-way marvel who has swatted roughly eight percent of opponents’ two-point attempts while he’s on the floor. If this sounds absurd it’s because it is, as Bol leads the NBA in block percentage while also becoming a proficient rebounder now that he’s regularly seeing minutes. Rostered in just 39% of ESPN leagues heading into tonight’s matchup with the Hornets, Bol might be one of the most underrated players in all of fantasy hoops at the moment.
Stream Team: Monday’s seven-game slate leaves some room for fantasy rosters to consider some early-week streaming candidates. For instance, with Pascal Siakam sidelined for the Raptors tonight, Chris Boucher (53% available) has posted 39 points across his last two games and could help with a few blocks. The Bucks will be without Jrue Holiday once again due to an ankle injury for tonight’s game against the Hawks, vaulting Jevon Carter (93%) into an important offensive role as the team’s lead distributor. Reggie Jackson (85%), meanwhile, could fill a similarly rewarding role for the Clippers with both John Wall and Kawhi Leonard ruled out for tonight’s game against Houston.
Betting Bojan: With the Pistons so depleted, Bojan Bogdanovic is primed for a big line. The veteran forward has averaged 26.5 points the past two games and will be asked to help carry the offense without Cunningham and others in the rotations. Most notably, Bogdanovic is a free agent in roughly 40% of leagues while also a strong DFS value ($5,600 on DraftKings).
Game of the Night
Line: Bucks (-4)Money line: Bucks (-178), Hawks (+150)Total: 226 pointsBPI Projected Total: 228.5 pointsBPI Win%: Hawks (51.7%)
Fantasy streamer: Jevon Carter (available in 90.5% of leagues) is likely to get another start tonight, with Jrue Holiday out. He’s had back-to-back monster games (28.5 PPG, 9.0 APG, 5.0 3PG), but temper expectations with Giannis Antetokouinmpo (knee) listed as probable to return after having missed the last two games. Khris Middleton is also listed as a game time decision, and would obviously slot in as the second option on the Bucks (even in limited minutes) whenever he’s able to return. So, Carter is unlikely to get nearly the usage that he’s gotten. Nevertheless, he’s playing well and has the potential to turn in another fantasy starter-worthy performance on Monday. — Snellings
Best bet: Trae Young over 26.5 points. Young has historically torched this iteration of Bucks. Last season, in three games he averaged 33.0 PPG (53.4 FG%), 10.7 APG and 4.3 3PG, and in the game he was able to play against them this season he popped for 42 points (46.9 FG%), 5 assists and 5 3-pointers. With Jrue Holiday out, Young should get even better looks than usual against the Bucks. — Snellings
Breaking down the rest of the slate
Line: Raptors (-5)Money line: Raptors (-210), Pistons (+175)Total: 221 pointsBPI Projected Total: 220 pointsBPI Win%: Raptors (63.7%)
Fantasy streamer: Otto Porter Jr. (available in 98.5% of leagues) got a spot start on Saturday due to all the Raptors injuries, and could get another one on Monday. He’s played 23 or more minutes in two of the last three games, his only such outings of the season, and in those two games averaged 10.0 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 1.5 APG, 1.5 SPG and 1.0 3PG in 25.0 MPG. Porter’s production potential is more all-around than volume, but if he’s getting starter minutes then he’s worth a look, particularly in category leagues. — Snellings
Best bet: Bojan Bogdanovic over 18.5 points. With Cade Cunningham (shin) out for the past two games, the Pistons’ offense has run through Bogdanovic. He has responded by averaging 26.5 PPG in those two games, against the Celtics and Knicks. Bogdanovic had a five-game stretch earlier this season in which he averaged 24.8 PPG and scored at least 21 points in every game, so he’s shown he can carry the scoring load for extended stretches, and he’ll likely be asked to do that again on Monday. — Snellings
Line: Magic (-1)Money line: Magic (-120), Hornets (+100)Total: 224 pointsBPI Projected Total: 228.8 pointsBPI Win%: Hornets (57.6%)
Doubtful: Dennis Smith Jr. (ankle)Questionable: Paolo Banchero (ankle)Ruled Out: Gordon Hayward (shoulder)Note: BPI numbers factored in players who are ruled out but assumes questionable players will play
Line: Heat (-2)Money line: Heat (-130), Suns (+110)Total: 215 pointsBPI Projected Total: 221.4 pointsBPI Win%: Heat (56.5%)
Fantasy streamer: Cameron Payne (available in 89.8% of leagues) would make an excellent streamer, if Chris Paul (heel) sits again. Payne has started the last two games in Paul’s place, averaging 22.5 PPG, 6.0 APG, 4.5 3PG, 4.5 RPG and 1.0 SPG in 35.0 MPG. Paul returned to practice on Sunday, but wasn’t sure if he’d be able to play on Monday. Stay tuned on Paul’s status, before streaming Payne. — Snellings
Line: Clippers (-5.5)Money line: Clippers (-225), Rockets (+185)Total: 219.5 pointsBPI Projected Total: 228.7 pointsBPI Win%: Clippers (61.5%)
Questionable: Jalen Green (shoulder)Ruled Out: John Wall (knee), Kawhi Leonard (knee)Note: BPI numbers factored in players who are ruled out but assumes questionable players will play
Fantasy streamer: Terance Mann (available in 96.3% of leagues) and Reggie Jackson (available in 84.3% of leagues) could both be in for noteworthy efforts on Monday. John Wall is sitting out the first half of a back-to-back for load management. The last time Wall sat, on November 7th against the Cavs, Mann started and popped for 16 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals and a 3-pointer in 30 minutes while Jackson also shined with 18 points, 7 assists, 2 rebounds and 2 3-pointers in 36 minutes. — Snellings
Line: Warriors (-7.5)Money line: Warriors (-320), Spurs (+250)Total: 233 pointsBPI Projected Total: 236.2 pointsBPI Win%: Warriors (75.9%)
Line: Celtics (-12)Money line: Celtics (-650), Thunder (+460)Total: 228.5 pointsBPI Projected Total: 225.6 pointsBPI Win%: Celtics (90.7%)
Best bet: Thunder +12. The Thunder have only lost two games by 12 or more points this entire season, and the Celtics have only won four of their 13 games by that margin. The Thunder are a scrappy, competitive team with a positive scoring margin on the season. They are on the second half of a back-to-back, but they effectively blew the Knicks out in New York on Sunday so their players have a decent chance to be energized again on Monday. — Snellings