NBA Monday Odds: Betting Lines for Bulls at Heat, Raptors at Nets, More

Written By Staff on February 28, 2022 - Last Updated on March 1, 2022

The weekday portion of the first full week of post-All-Star-break play begins with seven games Monday night. It’s a slate that includes three games between teams with winning records. Based on point spreads, the night has a clear tilt toward competitive matchups, as all but two games have lines of 4.5 points or fewer as of early Monday morning.

NBA Monday odds: February 28

Here are today’s NBA betting lines with pro basketball point spreads, moneylines and totals.

Player props

Heat G Jimmy Butler

Miami hosts Chicago tonight in a battle for the top spot in the Eastern Conference and that means Big Game Jimmy Butler will be bringing it down the stretch. With Kyle Lowry (personal) out and Tyler Herro consistently listed as day-to-day with various injuries, Butler should initiate the offense against a Bulls team that is hemorrhaging points to opposing guards without their top defenders this season. Jimmy is averaging 25 PPG while averaging 10 FTA per game over his last four outings against Chicago and averaging 24.2 PPG, 8.6 RPG, and 9.6 APG over his last five appearances without Lowry. Take him to top 23.5 points and consider the +205 odds at FanDuel for Butler to get 25 points in a win.

Thunder G Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Shai-Gilgeous Alexander has been back from a sprained ankle for two games and he’s going to be looking to carry the offense-starved Thunder with Josh Giddey and Luguentz Dort ruled out tonight. SGA averages 32.8 PPG and 4 APG on a 40.1% usage rate in four outings without Giddey this season and he dropped 33 points with five assists in a trip to Sacramento earlier this season when Giddey was inactive. The Kings yield the most PPG to opposing SGs and the seventh-most PPG to opposing PGs this season, so SGA should top 28.5 points while posting another huge usage rate tonight.

What to watch for today

Short-handed Cavs look to overcome key absences again: The Cavaliers didn’t exactly get the critical post-All-Star-break portion of their season off to a positive start, as they found out they’d be without Darius Garland (back) and Caris LeVert (foot) before even resuming play and then dropped a 106-103 decision to the Pistons in their first game back. However, Cleveland did manage to bounce back with a tough 92-86 victory against the Wizards on Saturday night, and the Cavs will look to replicate the feat Monday night versus a Timberwolves team they already beat by 17 on the road earlier in the season and that just took a 31-point thumping from the 76ers their last time on the floor.

Raptors aim to overcome nightmarish start to stretch run: Another squad that would probably want to press the reset button on the stretch run of their season is the Raptors, which had gone into the All-Star break with plenty of momentum. Toronto significantly cooled off during the week-plus layoff, however, as they’ve dropped 32 and 27-point decisions to the Hornets and Hawks in their first two games since returning to action. Nick Nurse’s squad is in the Big Apple on Monday night for a matchup against a Nets team that will be without Kyrie Irving but that’s also beaten them twice in as many encounters thus far.

Bulls get direct shot at return to top seed: The Bulls have been stacking up as many wins as possible of late in an effort to keep up with the Heat, who have been on an impressive run themselves and are currently are in sole possession of the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Chicago owned a share of that No. 1 seed until Saturday night, when the Grizzlies handed the Bulls a 116-110 loss at United Center and the Heat got by the Spurs, 133-129. However, Billy Donovan’s club gets an immediate shot at knotting matters back up, as they’ll face Miami at FTX Arena on Monday night as they attempt to break through following two earlier losses to Erik Spoelstra’s crew.

Grizzlies host feisty Spurs with Pop on verge of milestone win: The Bulls’ and Heat’s most recent opponents face off at FedEx Arena in Memphis on Monday night, as the Grizzlies host the Spurs. As just alluded to, San Antonio put up quite the fight against Miami on Saturday night, even with Dejounte Murray, Keldon Johnson and Jakob Poeltl all sitting out following a double-OT win over the Wizards just 24 hours earlier. The narrow loss denied Gregg Popovich the chance to tie Don Nelson for most head coaching wins in NBA history, and he could have an uphill battle to make good on the opportunity against a Grizzlies squad that’s put up 118 points apiece in two wins against San Antonio this season.

Struggling Bucks on quest to bounce back from upset loss to Nets: The Bucks hosted the Nets on Saturday night, and with Kyrie Irving available to Brooklyn, Milwaukee took a 126-123 loss with the star point guard racking up 38 points. The defending champions’ loss was their fourth in five games, a funk they’ll look to break out of against the visiting Hornets, which own two straight wins over the Bucks and lost by only two in their one defeat at the hands of Milwaukee.

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