We have plenty of intriguing action on the sports calendar for Monday night. The NBA rolls on with a busy seven-game slate, while the Monday Night Football showdown between the Dolphins and Saints has major playoff implications for both sides.
As usual, BetOnline wants to give you a chance to pad your bankroll with a new helping of boosted odds. There is plenty of value to be had out there tonight, and no shortage of options when it comes to where to put your money.
Which odds boosters are worth your while tonight?
Dolphins, Nets, and Bulls All to Win (Was +238, Now +280)
As mentioned, tonight’s MNF clash is a huge game for both teams. Miami and New Orleans are both 7=7 and still vying for Wild Card spots in each conference. The Miami Dolphins are quietly one of the NFL’s hottest teams, as they come into tonight’s game riding a very impressive six-game winning streak.
Miami is actually favored on the road tonight in the Big Easy. BetOnline has Tua Tagovailoa and co. favored by a field goal against a Saints team that has been bitten by the injury/illness bug of late. Former Notre Dame QB Ian Book will make his first NFL start with Taysom Hill and Trevor Siemian both in the Covid protocols for New Orleans.
The top two teams in the Eastern Conference will hit the hardwood tonight, as well. The Bulls, fresh off of a win over the Pacers on Sunday night, will take on the Hawks in Atlanta. The Nets will play in LA for the second time in the last three days, this time against the Clippers. Brooklyn escaped with a narrow win over the Lakers on Christmas Day.
Chicago is a 4.5-point road favorite in Atlanta, but that spread should be bigger. The Hawks have been decimated by Covid over the past couple of days, which leaves Nate McMillan’s roster with just 10 active players tonight. Chicago has gotten healthier of late after the recent return of Zach LaVine. Despite the back-to-back, the Bulls should pick up a comfortable win against a very shorthanded version of the Hawks tonight.
Ditto for the Nets, who got James Harden and a few other key pieces back ahead of Saturday’s game. The Nets should be well-rested tonight, which can’t be said of their opponents. The Clippers fell at home to Denver last night, and they will still be without Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, and Reggie Jackson this evening. The Nets are -165 moneyline favorites in this one, and I’d expect Brooklyn to pick up another “W” here.
James Harden 27+ Points, 11+ Assists, 8+ Rebounds (Was +187, Now +225)
With Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, LaMarcus Aldridge and a few others still out of the lineup, we can safely expect James Harden to do a little bit of everything for the Nets tonight. Harden played 39 minutes on Saturday in his first game out of the health and safety protocols, and he should push for 40 minutes again tonight against the Clips.
The former league MVP finished with 36 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists in a well-rounded effort against the Lakers the other night. The Clips have been a little more sound defensively than the Lakers have been so far this year, but that defense takes a big hit with George out of the lineup. PG-13 likely would have been tasked with trying to check Harden on the defensive end of the floor.
So, given his massive role and the favorable matchup, Harden should have his way again tonight. He made 17 trips to the free-throw line on Saturday in addition to taking 25 shots from the field. Harden’s usage rate gets a major boost in the minutes he plays without Durant. With the ball in his hands constantly, Harden is poised for another massive game tonight. 27-plus points, 11-plus assists, and 8-plus rebounds could easily be in the cards. The +225 odds on Harden to meet those marks look pretty appealing.
Tua Tagovailoa 2+ Passing TDs, 245+ Passing Yards (Was +197, Now +250)
Tagovailoa and the Dolphins will try to keep the good times rolling tonight in the Big Easy. Miami’s offense is at its best with Tua under center. Tagovailoa will get a boost tonight with Jaylen Waddle set to return after missing last week’s game, as well.
While Tagovailoa is a promising young QB, the Dolphins don’t often let him air it out. Tua has just one 300-yard game on his resume so far this year, and just one game with more than two touchdown passes. That said, he has thrown at least two TDs in three of the last four games overall, including last week against the Jets.
Oddsmakers have Tua’s over/under for passing yards set at just 231.5, which looks like an easy over. The Dolphins get to move indoors for this game, which is always a boost to passing numbers. I’d expect Miami to dominate time of possession in this one, as well, with the Saints relying on an unproven young quarterback. New Orleans’ defense has played well of late, but 245+ passing yards and at least two passing scores isn’t exactly a high bar for Tua to meet.
Myles Gaskin to Score at Least 1 TD (Was +175, Now +210)
It will be interesting to see how the Dolphins’ backfield shakes out tonight. Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed were both activated off of the Covid list ahead of last week’s game against the Jets, but neither wound up factoring much into Miami’s plans. Gaskin carried the ball 10 times for 54 yards in spot duty while Duke Johnson surprisingly shouldered a heavy load.
Johnson wound up with 22 carries for 107 yards with a couple of touchdowns. He has spent most of his career serving as a third-down, pass-catching option out of the backfield, but he looked awfully impressive as the Dolphins’ lead back a week ago. Johnson is a known commodity around the league at this point, though, so there’s no telling whether Miami will give him a major role again tonight.
I just got my booster shot and the side effects are no joke. I just woke up and Duke Johnson is starting for one of my fantasy teams in the playoffs.
That said, Johnson likely deserves more opportunities after that stellar effort. Gaskin is the Dolphins’ leading rusher this season, but he has struggled to seize control of a job as the team’s every-down option. Johnson’s unexpected stellar showing against the Jets could limit Gaskin to a secondary role again tonight.
What’s the Best Bet?
Of the four bets listed above, the Gaskin wager is the easiest to ignore. I’d be surprised if the Dolphins didn’t give Johnson another chance to prove himself after carrying them to victory a week ago, which makes betting on Gaskin to find the end zone at least once a pretty risky option. I’ll pass on that one at +210.
Tagovailoa Is in a Favorable Matchup, and He’s Fully Capable of Having a Big Game Tonight
That said, it’s not necessarily the most likely outcome. If Miami takes control of this game early, we know this team isn’t afraid to rely on the ground game and milk the clock. I’d rather take a shot on the Tua prop than the Gaskin prop, but neither really stands out.
I do think Harden is in line for another huge night in LA after a stellar showing on Christmas Day. Harden proved that he’s no worse for the wear following his positive Covid test, and he’ll have tons of responsibility running the Nets’ offense again tonight. Betting on Harden to total at least 28 points, 11 assists, and 8 rebounds makes plenty of sense at +225.
However, the best bet here is to take the Dolphins, Bulls, and Nets all to win. You do need three different results to go your way, but the upside is there at +280. All three teams are taking on severely shorthanded opponents tonight, and I’d be legitimately shocked if they all didn’t wind up victorious tonight.
Dolphins, Nets, and Bulls All to Win (+280)
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