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NBA bets to consider for March 2 slate

We break down some ideal bets to make for Monday’s NBA games on tap.

Houston Rockets guard James Harden smiles after scoring against the Boston Celtics during the second half at TD Garden. Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

DraftKings Sportsbook has odds and lines available for Monday’s NBA games to kick off the week. We’ve identified some bets that give you a good chance at winning some cash. Here’s what we think you should consider putting money on tonight:

James Harden gets double-double vs. New York Knicks (+185)

Harden has notched two double-doubles in his last 10 games and finished with 37 points and nine assists the last time he faced the Knicks. This time he’ll be in Madison Square Garden, where he recorded a 61-point double-double with 15 rebounds. Regardless how bad the Knicks are, you can count on Harden to go for something big under the lights in New York — even with Russell Westbrook on a hot streak. I don’t think he’ll follow up his last performance at the venue with a modest stat line.

John Collins top point scorer vs. Memphis Grizzlies (+500)

Collins is averaging 25.8 points and 10.1 rebounds per contest over the course of his last 10 games and will be pitted against a Memphis team that’s dealing with injuries to Jaren Jackson Jr. and Brandon Clarks. That means Collins will get a chance to dominate Kyle Anderson on the block for a majority of the game. Trae Young also has a favorable matchup against Ja Morant, but I like Collins’ matchup better.

Portland Trail Blazers to win vs. Orlando Magic (+250)

Portland hasn’t looked great without Damian Lillard, but I think it has a chance to steal a game on the road against Orlando. CJ McCollum has seen an increase in scoring and dropped 31 points on the Magic alongside Lillard earlier this season. Hassan Whiteside tallied 10 points and 17 rebounds in the contest and should continue to be dominant on the boards against Nikola Vucevic. The wild card in this one is Aaron Gordon, who was timid and totaled six points on 2-of-5 shooting in his last outing. Orlando might be a 7.5-point favorite, but this could be a close game if one of Portland’s role players can step up.

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