The New York Knicks vs Nets rivalry kicks off our NBA Monday parlay, which also includes Jazz vs Mavericks and Suns vs Rockets.
Bettors have been loving the NBA action this season and as the playoffs get closer, the level of play ramps up.
The three teams we pick on Monday are all worthy of a place in the playoffs, so put them on your parlay ticket.
New York Knicks vs Brooklyn Nets
When: Monday, April 5, 7:00 p.m. ET
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
Analysis: The Brooklyn Nets suffered just their 16th loss of the season when going down to the Bulls on Sunday.
Unlike in many other games this season, Kyrie Irving was unable to carry the Nets over the line. He started the game well, but the Bulls took control when he went to the bench, and they never recovered.
Despite the loss, Brooklyn is in a strong position in the Eastern Conference. It still has James Harden and Kevin Durant to come back to the team, which will be stacked beyond comprehension.
However, the Nets are just 23-25 against the spread, so bettors haven’t been able to regularly cash with Brooklyn this season. The same can’t be said for the Knicks, who have covered 27-21-1 ATS.
New York rebounded from three consecutive losses with an effortless win over Detroit. Julius Randle scored more first-quarter points than the entire Pistons team, which is hard to believe.
This is a Knicks team that has the potential of scoring an upset on Monday, but every player will need to make their shots.
Sports online betting markets have Brooklyn as the favorites, but the Knicks have been respected by bookmakers.
There are only 5.5 points in the spread betting markets, but although they’re coming off a loss, we like the Nets in this situation.
Irving and Lamarcus Aldridge will have better flow and the Nets don’t often lose consecutive games.
Pick: Brooklyn Nets -220
Utah Jazz vs Dallas Mavericks
When: Monday, April 5, 7:00 p.m. ET
Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
Analysis: Two high-profile teams battle on Monday as the Utah Jazz arrives in Dallas to face the Mavericks.
Dallas has turned its form around nicely this season, scoring four consecutive wins. Recent success has come over the likes of Boston, Washington and New York, and they all came on the road.
Returning home should be ideal for the Mavericks and although Kristaps Porzingis is in and out of the lineup, bettors have to respect how well the Mavericks are playing.
Utah has attracted most of the attention since NBA lines were released. The Jazz are firm favorites to win despite being on the road. However, we’re not surprised given the nine-game winning streak it’s currently riding.
Utah comes off a record-breaking win over the Magic, which included 18 first-half three-pointers, an NBA record. Donovan Mitchell went 6-7 and only two players that took to the court didn’t make a three.
It was some effort for the Jazz given what they went through last week. Their plane had to make an emergency landing and many players thought it would be their final flight.
“For a good 10 or 15 minutes, I think all of us on that flight were questioning if we were going to be here today,” Conley told reporters. “That’s how serious it was for us. I can’t speak for everybody, but I know that guys were trying to text family just in case, you know? It was that kind of situation.”
Jordan Clarkson added: “It was one of those flights where you were sending out texts. I know you’ve seen in a movie when a plane is about to crash. It got to that point where we were all on the plane like, ‘This might be really the end.’ I mean, it was a crazy situation.”
Bettors get value with Dallas in this situation. The Mavericks have been playing well and the winning run of Utah will come to an end sometime.
Even if Porzingis doesn’t play, we fancy Dallas to win. Luka Doncic is a man on a mission and so long as he gets some support, it should be enough to win.
Phoenix Suns vs Houston Rockets
When: Monday, April 5, 8:00 p.m. ET
Where: Toyota Center, Houston, TX
Analysis: This game shouldn’t be a case of who wins, but by how much. The Phoenix Suns are firing with five consecutive wins and Houston has lost four on the bounce.
Phoenix has emerged as a serious playoff contender this season, going 34-14 and sitting in first in the Pacific. The Suns are ahead of both the Lakers and Clippers, which not many people saw coming.
With Devin Booker and Chris Paul running the team, everything has clicked perfectly. Paul has been able to add a maturity level to this team, which has also helped Deandre Ayton.
He is scoring at a good slip and he averages 10.8 rebounds per game. Ayton is a key piece and he could have a field day against a hapless Houston.
The Rockets are 13-36 and it’s hard not to feel sorry for them. Not only did they trade away two All-Star players this season, but John Wall is listed as out for this game.
Things are unlikely to improve for Houston, so Phoenix should have this game in the bag, but can they cover the spread?
The current line sits around the 14½-points mark and, despite the heavy steam, we still fancy Phoenix to cover the spread.
Scoring double-digit wins over Houston hasn’t been hard for many NBA teams this season, so Phoenix shouldn’t have any problems.
Look for the Suns to establish a solid lead at halftime and although they could cruise to victory in the second half, they should put the pedal down and hammer the win home.