Can Tyrese Maxey and the 76ers continue their dominance over the Bulls? Plus, other best bets for Monday

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 Can Tyrese Maxey and the 76ers continue their dominance over the Bulls?  Plus, other best bets for Monday

Today is the start of the best part of the college basketball season. Honestly, I know I’m in the minority here, but if the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament is the best part of the season, I think Conference Championship Week is better than the last two weekends of the NCAA Tournament. . That same endless amount of action that makes the first four days of the NCAA Tournament incredible will happen every week.

The Monday night slate is more of an appetizer to start the meal, but starting Tuesday we’ll have a full day of winning college or home basketball games throughout the week. It’s glorious. That’s why if you ever want to plan a trip with friends to get to Las Vegas for the NCAA tournament, you should plan it for championship week instead. You’ll have more games to sweat in sportsbook, but with smaller crowds.

Believe me; you will not regret it. You won’t regret reading the following stories either.

Now, let’s kick off championship week with some winners, shall we?

All Eastern times and odds via Caesars Sportsbook


🔥 The hot ticket

Bulls at Sixers, 7 p.m. | Television: NBA League Pass

  • Key trend: Tyrese Maxey has 20 assists in three games against Chicago this season.
  • Pick: Maxey Over 3.5 assists (+120)

As I explained in Friday’s newsletter, the Chicago Bulls haven’t performed well against the best teams in the NBA. Following a loss to Milwaukee in which the Bucks covered like I told you, the Bulls are now 2-14 against teams that have won at least 60% of their games this year and 4-12 ATS. So if you want to face the Sixers against the spread tonight, I won’t try to talk you out of it. This season, the Sixers have outplayed the Bulls in three games, and Joel Embiid has had massive games against them throughout his career. And now Philly has James Harden, which will make the Sixers an even tougher game for Chicago.

Still, while Philly is a reasonable game, there’s a lot more value in this Tyrese Maxey prop. While Embiid and Harden get all the attention, Maxey has become one of the most underrated players in the NBA, and like all Sixers, he played well against Chicago.

Maxey has 20 assists in three games against Chicago this season averaging 6.67 per game. Now, his ball usage and distribution is a bit different, with James Harden being the primary ball handler in the Sixers’ offense, but the idea of ​​Maxey managing four assists is well within the range of possibilities tonight. Especially if we get that price +120.

Here’s what SportsLine has to say about the game: If you’re looking to make a more traditional game tonight, the SportsLine throw model relies heavily on spread and total.


💰 Choices

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🏀NBA

Blazers at Wolves, 8 p.m. | Television: NBA League Pass

Latest odds:

Portland Trail Blazers +13.5

The Choice: Blazers +15 (-110) — Every once in a while you are forced to make a choice that causes you a lot of pain because even though you know it’s the right choice you don’t want to be invested in the particular game because you don’t want look at Article. Trust me, I don’t want to see the Timberwolves and Blazers get into it tonight, and I probably won’t. I will place that bet and hope the Blazers play so well that I never have to pay attention to it because the outcome is never in doubt.

More likely, I’ll watch the final five minutes of an easy Minnesota win die with every free throw miss from the ninth guy in Portland’s rotation, hoping to stay within 15 points. Never mind. It’s not going to be fun, but it’s a bet we have to make. Portland stinks, there’s no denying it, but the Blazers shouldn’t be 15-point dogs against Minnesota. While the Timberwolves have improved a lot this season, they’re still pretty mediocre defensively, and it’s hard to trust mediocre defenses to cover such big gaps against teams that still technically count as teams in the league. NBA.

Key trend: Minnesota has covered the last four meetings of Minnesota so Portland is expected!

🏀 College Basketball

Santa Clara at 17 St. Mary’s, 11:30 p.m. | Television: ESPN2

Latest odds:

Saint Mary’s Gaels-5

The pick: St. Mary’s -4.5 (-110) — On Saturday, Santa Clara opened its West Coast Conference tournament with a resounding 91-67 win over Portland. His reward is a Saint Mary’s team that rested at home all week after beating Gonzaga last Saturday. That’s not good news for Saint Mary’s, as the last time these teams met, Santa Clara won 77-72, fending off a furious Gael rally in the final minutes. It was an odd result that night at the Leavey Center because Saint Mary’s shot 42.1 percent from three and averaged 1.06 points per possession — but couldn’t keep up with the burning Broncos.

Santa Clara averaged 1.13 points per possession with 55.4% shooting from the field, including 40% on three. Well, I don’t think Santa Clara can do that twice. Not against a Saint Mary’s defense that ranks ninth in KenPom’s defensive efficiency metric. Although the Broncos have a more effective offense than the Gaels, the defensive gap between these teams is too big for Santa Clara to overcome again, and I think the well-rested Gaels might be a little rusty at first but should withdraw in the second. half and cover this spread.

Key trend: St. Mary’s is 10-3 ATS in its last 13 as a favorite.

🔒 SportsLine Pick of the Day: Projection Model’s favorite game of the night is in the NBA. Which side of the gap does it take between the Detroit Pistons and the Atlanta Hawks?


⚽ Champions League route

The Champions League returns on Tuesday afternoon, and I have a simple two-legged parlay for Tuesday’s matches which country +183.

  • Bayern Munich/Salzburg Both teams to score (-125)
  • Liverpool (-175)

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