The NBA reclaims the spotlight Monday night in a significant way, as there are nine games on tap. On paper, it’s a night of mismatches, as not a single game features two teams with winning records. Nevertheless, there are only three games with double-digit spreads, and four games have lines of five points or fewer.
NBA odds for Monday, February 14
Here are the today’s pro basketball odds with pro basketball point spreads, moneylines and totals.
Kings F Domantas Sabonis
The Nets should debut Andre Drummond tonight, which will help their pathetic defense to an extent. During their 11-game losing streak, the Nets have the second-worst defensive rating (121.6) and are allowing 119.3 PPG on 50% FG shooting. The Kings have turned things around while playing at the fourth-fastest pace during a 3-1 streak, and their offensive rating has skyrocketed to 127.4 in two games since integrating Domantas Sabonis. The skilled big man has maintained his averages (19 PPG, 12.5 RPG, 6 APG) while shooting 60% from the floor over his first two games with Sacramento. Sabonis is one of the best passing bigs we’ve ever seen and he should top 24.5 combined points and assists against a poor defensive team. If you like the Kings (-2.5) to win, consider the easy Player Performance Doubles at FanDuel for Sabonis to log a double-double in victory (+136) or to hand out eight dimes (+500) in a win.
Spurs G Dejounte Murray
In his first game following San Antonio’s trade of Derrick White for Josh Richardson, Dejounte Murray went off for a 32-point triple-double in a win over Atlanta. He dropped 31-7-12 the next night at New Orleans, and is now averaging 25.7 PPG on 54% FG shooting over his last six games. In seven games without White in the lineup, Murray scores 27.9 PPG (vs 18.7 PPG with White) and his offensive rating jumps from 111 to 124. He dropped 29 points with 12 assists in a win over Chicago last month and should cruise past his scoring prop of 22.5 points against a Bulls team that is missing all of its key defenders in the backcourt and giving up the second-most PPG to PGs (27.8) over their last seven games. Murray is getting +144 odds to score at least 25 points at FanDuel, and juicy +400 odds to produce another 30-piece.
What to watch for today
Nets take aim at Kings in quest to snap nightmarish streak: The Nets have descended not simply into mediocrity, but seemingly outright incompetence. Sure, matters will certainly improve once Kevin Durant is back on the floor and Ben Simmons is finally back in playing shape and ready to play a full allotment of minutes, but it could almost be too late for Brooklyn at that point. Steve Nash’s squad has now shockingly lost 11 consecutive games following a 115-111 defeat at the hands of the Heat on Saturday, their second straight narrow stumble. The Nets will try to once again snap their skid Monday night against a very defensively vulnerable Kings team, but they’ll have to do so without Kyrie Irving since the game is at Barclays Center.
Resurgent but short-handed Bulls try for fourth straight: The Bulls had recently endured a slump of their own, although it was nothing approaching Nets-level of struggle. Nevertheless, the bumpy stretch was enough to knock Chicago from atop the Eastern Conference, a spot they’ve been trying to get back up to and remain in recently. Billy Donovan’s crew is back to just within a game of the top-seeded Miami Heat entering Monday’s play and host a Spurs team that’s won three of the last four overall and handed Chicago a 131-122 defeat in the first meeting this season. The Bulls will have to avenge for that defeat without Zach LaVine, who has left the team for the moment to see a specialist about his ailing knee.
Raptors try to jump right back in win column at Pelicans’ expense: The Raptors just wrapped up an eight-game winning streak that put them right back into the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff conversation, and they fell just short of extending that run to nine games with a one-point loss to the Nuggets on Saturday night. Toronto returns to the floor Monday night as it visits the Pelicans. The Raptors, which notched a four-point win over New Orleans in the first encounter with the Pels this season, boast a solid 15-11 road mark straight up and arrive at full health, helping lead to their status as 4.5-point favorites.
Jazz strives for sixth straight as reeling Rockets visit: Another team on the rise is the Jazz, which has roared back from a 2-11 funk to rip off five consecutive victories. Utah has been getting it done without star big man Rudy Gobert, who’s missed nine games with a calf strain. Gobert was able to practice Sunday and therefore reportedly has a 50/50 chance to play, but Quin Snyder’s squad should be in good shape even if he sits out or is limited. The struggling Rockets, which became the first Western Conference team to hit 40 losses with their fourth straight defeat Thursday night to the Raptors, are in town and already have one 31-point throttling by Utah on their resume this season.
Warriors and Clippers look to build on Saturday victories: The Warriors continue to chase the defending champion Suns atop the Western Conference standings, and despite an 8-2 mark in the last 10, are still 4.5 games behind Phoenix. Golden State has an interesting road matchup on tap Monday night against a team that knows them well in the Clippers. Los Angeles squeaked by the Mavericks on Saturday night for a two-point win, but it also lost Norman Powell, who had just arrived with Portland via trade. Powell had played very well in his first two games with the club but is now out indefinitely due to a broken foot. However, even factoring in that absence, the Dubs are relatively modest six-point favorites.