Monday’s NBA Predictions and Betting Tips (April 26, 2021)

| April 26, 2021 6:51 am PDT

Monday’s NBA betting slate may be a tad lighter on star power than expected. LeBron James is still out, Trae Young is banged up, Kawhi Leonard has been sidelined, and now Luka Doncic appears to be in doubt.

A massive 11-game slate should still be fun to bet on, but there is plenty of uncertainty to navigate on Monday night.

I’ll walk you through what we know now, while breaking down Monday’s NBA picks and predictions.

NBA Predictions for Monday, April 26th

  • Pistons to beat Hawks
  • Lakers to beat Magic
  • 76ers to beat Thunder
  • Wizards to beat Spurs
  • Suns to beat Knicks
  • Raptors to beat Cavaliers
  • Clippers to beat Pelicans
  • Heat to beat Bulls
  • Jazz to beat Timberwolves
  • Nuggets to beat Grizzlies
  • Kings to beat Mavericks

The Hawks start off Monday’s NBA predictions as a team that could get upset. I’d certainly change my stance if they’re mostly healthy, but the big news is that Trae Young is still out.

When you add in other potential absences, things could get dicey in a hurry, as D’Andre Hunter is still out, and Clint Capela is always a rest candidate.

Most of these other games should be fairly self-explanatory, and the NBA odds will undoubtedly explain most of it. There could be some value in these otherwise obvious NBA picks, of course, so take a look at tonight’s NBA underdog picks below.

The other big game to monitor is the Mavs vs. Kings, as Kristaps Porzingis and Luka Doncic are both questionable to suit up.

Pricing might be slow to come out due to that news, but if you can get the Kings at a nice price, it may make sense to just go for it. An undermanned Dallas team would be rather vulnerable.

Philly, Denver, Miami, Phoenix, and both L.A. teams both stand out as some of the best bets on the night if you’re looking for straight-up wins. The only issue, like always, will be what their moneylines look like.

NBA Upsets to Target on Monday

  • Pistons (+125)
  • Wizards (+135)
  • Kings +6 (-110)

I’d admittedly prefer to get a bad Pistons team at a nicer price, but hey, they’re healthy, they’re at home, and they’re facing a banged up Hawks team.

This feels like the perfect trap game for Atlanta, as they just over-achieved in beating the Bucks last night. They’re still without Trae Young, they’re on the road, and they could sit some guys in this spot.

Washington is a little safer, as they are humming along right now with eight consecutive wins, and they’re in the thick of the NBA playoff race. I like them to stay hot at home against the Spurs.

The moneyline isn’t out just yet for the Kings vs. Mavs showdown, as the top NBA sportsbooks await word on the many injured Dallas players. Sacramento is a pretty compelling home dog in the event Doncic and/or Porzingis take a breather, though.

Best NBA Bets for Monday, April 26th

  • Suns (-1.5) -110
  • Heat (-4) -110
  • Jazz vs. Timberwolves Over 229.5 (-115)
  • Clippers vs. Pelicans Over 227.5 (-110)

You could probably lean on my NBA predictions for the Suns and Heat picks here, but I’ll go over them a bit closer.

Phoenix could be a little tired after playing the Nets last night, but at least they’re not traveling much to take on the Knicks.

New York is on fire with nine straight wins, but that streak has to snap eventually. It might as well come against the superior Suns, who play a similar brand of basketball but do it better.

Barring Phoenix resting some guys, I can’t see them taking it easy with a real shot at the league’s top record still within their crosshairs.

Miami was a bit undermanned last time out, but the hope is they get some of their banged-up guys back for this one. Even if they don’t, I like their chances against a sinking Bulls team that is without Zach LaVine and have gone 3-7 over their last 10.

The other two bets involve game totals, and the Over looks like the way to go. 

Utah faced Minnesota and somehow lost on Saturday, but the rematch should field more scoring. The Jazz probably win that one, but the moneyline and spread aren’t inviting.

Both teams can score, and Minnesota has one of the worst defenses in the league. I love the Over here.

Ditto for the Pels game. L.A. is the logical bet and I almost want to go for the -3.5 cover, but they’re still without Kawhi Leonard. This game should at least feature plenty of scoring, as both teams average over 114 points per game, and New Orleans doesn’t defend worth a lick.

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Noah Davis
Noah Davis

Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.

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