Monday’s Top NBA Trends

Be aware of these four trends before betting on Monday's NBA slate

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Hawks at 76ers


TREND: The Sixers are 26-2 straight-up at home compared to 9-20 straight-up on the road.

WHY IT MATTERS: This has become one of the wildest storylines of the NBA season. At home, the Sixers have lost just two games and have outscored their opponents by an average of 10.0 points per contest (3rd in the NBA), and have a league-best 101.7 Defensive Rating. On the road, they’ve been outscored by an average of 5.5 points per game (23rd). That’s stunning. Luckily for Philly, they’re hosting one of the league’s worst teams on Monday night. However, starters Ben Simmons (back) and Tobias Harris (knee) will miss the game. Therefore, Joel Embiid and a few mystery contributors will need to step up, regardless of their inferior opponent.

Heat at Cavaliers


TREND: The Heat are 1-5 (straight-up and against the spread) over their last six road games. 

WHY IT MATTERS: Miami’s lone road victory in that stretch was against the Warriors and the five losses were to the Clippers, Kings, Blazers, Jazz and, most recently, the Hawks. Therefore, it’s been an assortment of contenders and bottom-dwellers. While a matchup against the dreadful Cavs is always a positive outlook for any team, this outcome means something to Miami, who are fighting to become regarded as a contender in the East.

Magic at Nets


TREND: The Nets have won (and covered) five-straight home games.

WHY IT MATTERS: Well, maybe that injury to Kyrie Irving isn’t going to be a crisis in Brooklyn? The Nets have been rolling at home lately, winning five-straight (against the Pistons, Bulls, Suns, Warriors and Raptors). The victory over Toronto was a quality one, whereas the other four were against sub-.500 teams. Luckily for Brooklyn, the Magic have fallen off the map and check in eight games below .500. Spencer Dinwiddie, Caris LeVert and DeAndre Jordan have been on fire lately and will look to carry that momentum into this contest.

Suns at Jazz


TREND: The Jazz have gone 3-8 against the spread in their last 11 games (4-7 straight-up). 

WHY IT MATTERS: After going on one of the most dominant runs of the NBA season, it appears as though Utah has cooled off. However, it’s important to look at the quality of their opponents over that stretch. During those 11 games, they played the Rockets three times (and lost twice). They also lost on the road against the Nuggets and Blazers while taking care of the Mavericks on the road and the Heat at home. Although Utah is not considered a true title contender, they’ve had some quality wins and have defended their home court well, going 20-7 overall at home, despite their recent struggles. Going into Utah is always difficult, but Devin Booker, DeAndre Ayton and company have been a threat all season long. This will be a litmus test for the Jazz, who need to start turning this recent cold streak around.