Handicapping the NBA: Monday Picks

Handicapping the NBA: Monday Picks

This article is part of our Handicapping the NBA series.

Alex Barutha: Zach LaVine over 34.5 points + assists (-122) vs. DENFanDuel, 12:54 PM CT

LaVine had an incredible February. He averaged 30.9 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.7 assists. The Nuggets continue to struggle on defense and notably give up the third-most assists per game. Denver has nobody to guard LaVine, and he should be able to have one of his better games of the season. 

Nick Whalen: Cavaliers moneyline (+106) to win at Houston – DraftKings Sportsbook

These are two of the worst teams in the league, but the Cavs getting points against a Rockets outfit that hasn't won a game since Feb. 4 feels like a steal. When these teams met last week, Jarrett Allen decimated Houston's frontcourt for the best game of his career, while the Rockets couldn't even muster 100 points against a soft Cleveland defense. Houston enters Monday's game on the second night of a back-to-back after taking a 49-point home loss at the hands of the Grizzlies on Sunday night. Maybe they're due for a bounceback, but the Rockets have shown very few signs of that being the case. 

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Alex Barutha
Alex is RotoWire's NBA Assistant Editor. He writes articles about daily fantasy, year-long fantasy and sports betting. You can hear him on the RotoWire NBA Podcast, Sirius XM, DraftKings Live and other platforms. Vince Carter and Alex both first dunked during their respective sophomore years of high school.
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