NBA Odds For Monday: Betting Lines For Warriors at Thunder, Suns at Bulls, More

Written By Juan Carlos Blanco on February 7, 2022
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We open the weekday portion of the NBA’s penultimate week prior to the All-Star break in relatively quiet fashion with five games Monday night. Despite the modest size of the slate, it promises to be an intriguing one, considering there are two games between teams with winning records, and the top two teams in each conference will be in action.

NBA odds for Monday, February 7

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

Player Prop bet options for today

Suns G Devin Booker

If Zach LaVine (back) is able to go tonight, the Bulls and Suns should top 230 combined points in an offensive showcase. Chicago can’t stop anyone with top defenders Alex Caruso (wrist) and Lonzo Ball (knee) injured, and the Bulls rank 28th in defensive efficiency over their last three outings. Devin Booker has been cooking since the start of January and he’s averaging 29.5 PPG with a 36.6% usage rate over his last six meetings with Chicago. Booker is averaging 36 PPG in two head-to-head battles with DeMar DeRozan when he was on the Spurs, and those mid-range kings should both have big games tonight. Prior to his quiet outing at Washington, Booker was averaging 36 PPG over his previous six road games, so we trust him to top 28.5 points and would advocate using the Player Performance Double at FanDuel Sportsbook to get +190 odds for 30 points from Booker in a win.

Wizards G Kyle Kuzma

Kyle Kuzma has become the top option for Washington with Bradley Beal (wrist) out indefinitely. Kuzma was already heating up with averages of 21.6 PPG and 10.3 RPG over 19 games since Christmas, and Beal was active for 12 of those contests. Without Beal this season, Kuzma’s PPG rises from 15.4 to 18.8, his usage rate climbs from 22% to 25.7% and his offensive efficiency also improves. He had mixed results over his last six meetings with Miami, but went well over his scoring prop of 18.5 points each time he saw a usage rate over 23%, including a 33-point outing with a 28% usage rate the last time he faced the Heat.

What to watch for today

Raptors and Hornets clash heading in opposite directions: The Raptors have been a bit of a rollercoaster squad this season, but they head into Monday night’s visit to the Hornets on one of their upswings. Toronto has rattled off five straight wins, while Charlotte, also a team that’s found consistency a bit elusive, has dropped four consecutive contests. Perhaps most perplexing about their skid is the fact James Borrego’s squad has seen quite the downturn offensively, scoring 101 points or fewer in three of those games. Their hopes of rediscovering their mojo on that side of the ball are somewhat dimmed by the fact the Raps have been a solid defensive squad when traveling, allowing 108.4 points per road game.

Heat tries to hold on to top spot in Eastern Conference: The Heat has rebounded from a brief three-game skid to notch back-to-back victories, their most recent an impressive 104-86 throttling of those struggling Hornets. Miami is back up on the Eastern Conference mountaintop for the time being with a half-game lead over the Bulls, and Erik Spoelstra’s squad will look to ensure they maintain their perch irrespective of what happens in Chicago’s clash with the Suns. The Heat will try to accomplish that goal against the host Wizards, which have lost seven of the last eight games and are expected to still be missing Bradley Beal (wrist) versus Miami.

Suns and Bulls set for marquee matchup: Speaking of the squad that’s hot on the Heat’s trail, the Bulls are just 3-3 in their last six games, which has partly led to their tumble from the top of the conference. Chicago has some injury concerns, as Zach LaVine and Coby White are dealing with back and groin injuries, respectively, that cost each Sunday’s loss to the 76ers. Monday night would be a particularly bad night for Billy Donovan’s club to be short-handed, considering the Western Conference-leading Suns and their 20-5 road mark come into United Center looking for their 13th win in 14 games.

Warriors on quest for ninth straight in visit to Thunder: No team has a longer winning streak in either conference at the moment than the one breathing down the Suns’ neck, the Warriors. Golden State has rattled off eight consecutive victories to join Phoenix as the NBA’s only 40-win clubs, but they remain 2.5 games back of the defending Western Conference champs. The Dubs, which have seen Klay Thompson start to look more like his old self over the last five games with 18.2 points on 50.0 percent shooting, will look to take care of business against an inferior opponent in the Thunder, which could be down Luguentz Dort (face) in addition to Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (ankle).

Jazz look to keep momentum at home against Knicks: The Jazz recently endured an alarming stretch where they went 2-11, but they’ve been able to bounce back with consecutive wins over a couple of big-name opponents in the Nuggets and Nets. The return of Donovan Mitchell from an eight-game absence due to a concussion helped fuel the win over Brooklyn as he produced a 27-point haul, and he’ll look to help continue making up for the ongoing absence of Rudy Gobert (calf) on Monday night against a Knicks team that’s lost eight of the last 10 games.

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Juan Carlos Blanco has served as a freelance writer for a wide variety of online publications and websites, with an intensive focus on fantasy sports. Juan has provided analysis and comprehensive coverage of the MLB, NBA, NFL, CFL, AAF and AFL while also reporting on news and developments in the daily fantasy sports and online gaming industries.

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