Monday night is even busier than Sunday’s all-day slate, as there are nine games on the docket. Postseason positioning is in daily flux at this point of the season, and tonight’s ledger is no different. The Bulls-76ers and Mavericks-Jazz matchups stand out due to the teams involved, but there are also some other clubs several notches below still looking to solidify their potential postseason destinies.
Monday March 7 NBA odds
Here are Monday March 7 NBA odds with point spreads, moneylines and totals.
NBA player props
Lakers F LeBron James
LeBron James responded to the Lakers’ latest embarrassing loss to the Clippers with a monstrous 56-point game to beat the Warriors on Saturday and he’ll look to keep it rolling tonight in San Antonio. The Spurs give up the second-most PPG (113.5) at home and this contest has a 235-point implied total with LeBron likely to account for about a third of his teams’ points. James is averaging 35 PPG over his last four games and barely looking to pass with just 3.8 APG during that span. He’s averaging 31.7 PPG on a 34.5% usage rate over 11 meetings with the Spurs since joining the Lakers, and dropped 36 points on 16-for-25 FG shooting against San Antonio earlier this season. Back LeBron to top 30.5 points at close to even money, and consider taking the +440 odds at FanDuel for him to drop 35 points in a Lakers win.
76ers G Tyrese Maxey
Tyrese Maxey has actually seen a rise in usage rate and minutes per game since James Harden joined the 76ers. The second-year guard is through the roof in terms of his efficiency with shooting splits of 65% from the floor and 70% from 3-point range while averaging 26.8 PPG alongside Harden. His scoring prop is still very low at 17.5 points ahead of a juicy matchup against a Bulls team that can’t defend opposing guards with Alex Caruso and Lonzo Ball still out. Maxey dropped 16 points on a meager 11.8% usage rate in his last meeting with Chicago, and his usage rate is up to 22% since the Harden trade. Take his prop and consider the Player Performance Double at FanDuel for him to score 20-plus points in a win (+186 odds).
What to watch for today
Bulls try to stop skid, prove mettle vs. 76ers: The Bulls still sport an impressive 39-25 record despite having lost four straight, but Chicago nevertheless has a bit of a credibility problem. Billy Donovan’s club has had trouble beating quality teams, with their current skid consisting of losses at the hands of the Bucks, Hawks, Heat and Grizzlies. The Suns and 76ers also boast wins over the Bulls since the start of February, and the latter squad gets another crack at them Monday night at Wells Fargo Center. James Harden is slated to return after a one-game absence for Philadelphia, making Chicago’s challenge even steeper.
Timberwolves on quest for fifth straight in rematch with Trail Blazers: One of those teams that’s somewhat flying under the radar but making progress up the standings is the Timberwolves, which have most recently rattled off four straight victories and climbed to the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference. Minnesota’s most recent win came against the same Trail Blazers squad they’ll face Monday night, one that will take the floor without Anfernee Simons (quadriceps) in addition to Jusuf Nurkic (foot) and the still-recovering Damian Lillard (abdominal).
Mavs look to cool off red-hot Jazz: The aforementioned Mavericks-Jazz clash features next-door neighbors in the Western Conference standings, as Dallas and Utah currently slot into the No. 5 and No. 4 seed, respectively. Utah has notched four and five-point wins against Dallas in the first two meetings between the teams this season, and each club arrives equally hot with 10-2 marks in the last 12. Luka Doncic is slated to return from his one-game absence as a result of a toe injury and Mike Conley should return from his own day off for rest, so the game sets up as a clash between two largely healthy squads.
Lakers out to build on momentous win over Warriors: As bad as they’d been recently, the Lakers still seem capable of rising to the occasion if sufficiently motivated. That was the case Saturday night, as LeBron James turned in one of the best performances of his career with a 56-point, 10-rebound double-double to topple the Warriors by a 124-116 score. It was only Los Angeles’ second win in nine games, and naturally, plenty of questions still hang over the team, especially while Anthony Davis (foot) remains sidelined. Nevertheless, if the Lakers are able to manufacture the same intensity and urgency Monday night, they should have a good chance of notching back-to-back wins for the first time since Jan. 7 – L.A. visits the Spurs, who are just 11-19 at home and have lost two of their three games to LeBron and company.
Nuggets aim to exploit short-handed Golden State squad: Speaking of Golden State, the Dubs are in the midst of their worst stretch of play this season with a 2-8 record in the last 10. The struggles don’t figure to end Monday night, as the Warriors visit the Nuggets for a make-up game that Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins will all sit out for rest, and that Draymond Green (back) will remain sidelined for as well.