The work week starts with an NBA list of six games and a handful of attractive early bets.
As always, my first two top bets are listed below, along with the respective book where you can find the odds listed.
Chicago Bulls (+1) at Houston Rockets (-110, PointsBet)
The Bulls are certainly not for the faint of heart, but they may be an inexpensive bet for the first time this season for a variety of reasons.
First and foremost, Zach LaVine has played like one of the best offensive players in the NBA for the past two weeks with a usage rate of 36.4% and a support rate of 22.9%, resulting in an average of 34.6 points, 5.9 Rebounds and 4.6 assists led per game.
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That plays a huge role against a Rockets team whose alarming rate will drop if Victor Oladipo (doubtful) and Christian Wood (excluded) are out. In this situation, this season they have a jump of +9.05 points per game (120.33), a decrease in the net rating by -5.56 (-6.94), a decrease in the defensive rating by -8.38 ( 114.54) and recorded a decrease of -6.40 plus / minus settle in (-8.33).
The point: this team is noticeably worse on the field without these two players, and since the cops behind LaVine's efforts play great basketball, it is good value to see them underdogs here.
If the money line opens at plus money, this would be another bet to jump on.
Washington Wizards at Los Angeles Lakers, under 226.5 total points (-110, FanDuel Sportsbook)
While the Wizards hit or miss in terms of betting on the under (13-14), the Lakers were the second most profitable team in betting on the under (20-11).
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As strange as it may seem, they get even more enticing without Anthony Davis and Dennis Schroder, who were banned from Monday's game.
Without these players, their offensive rating takes a massive jump from 109.33 to 98.27 (-11.06), while their per game points increase from 111.77 to 96.00 (-15.77).
Sure, the sample size with both Lakers off the ground is small, but both are above average players at either end of the court so the differences make sense.
The Wizards run fast, allowing 119.15 points per game, but against a Lakers team that has no offensive threats near the Davis or Schroder caliber outside of LeBron James, we saw their defense on Monday with improved success.
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