Top NBA Picks and Predictions Today (Thunder, Bucks and Celtics Poised to Win on Monday)

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2).
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2). / Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

Monday, Nov. 7 is one of the best days in the NBA season, as all 30 teams are in action.

Don't you just wish we had a red zone channel but for the NBA?

There are so many games to watch, but I have plays in three of the matchups, all on road teams, that I love for this slate. Let's dive in:

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Detroit Pistons Odds, Prediction and Pick

Yes, both of these teams are rebuilding, but there is no reason why Detroit should have originally been the favorite in this game. 

The Pistons have gotten off to a brutal start, ranking dead last in defensive rating and net rating and coming in 27th in offensive rating. This team simply isn’t ready to contend yet, and the Thunder have upsets over actual playoff contenders so far this season. 

OKC ranks seventh in the NBA in defensive rating, and we saw the Pistons struggle to score just 88 points against another good defense in Cleveland on Friday night. 

The Thunder are 6-3 against the spread so far this season, while Detroit is just 4-6. I think Gilgeous-Alexander is by far the best player on the floor in this game, and he should lead the Thunder to a win against this young Pistons team. 

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Atlanta Hawks Odds, Prediction and Pick

I’m not going to buck the crazy Hawks trend, and instead I’m going to back Milwaukee to cover on the road. 

The Bucks are already 8-1 against the spread this season, and they enter this game with the best defensive rating in the NBA. If there is a guard that can handle the assignment of Trae Young, it's probably Bucks star Jrue Holiday. 

The Hawks have been solid this season with Dejounte Murray and Young leading the way, but I’m not sure they’ll have an answer for Giannis Antetokounmpo down low in this game. 

The Bucks are dominating on defense and Giannis continues to score at will, posting a triple-double in his last game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. 

Atlanta (15th in net rating) isn't’ stopping the Bucks tonight.

Boston Celtics vs. Memphis Grizzlies Odds, Prediction and Pick

It will be interesting to see if Memphis rules anyone out on the second night of a back-to-back, especially since Desmond Bane is coming off an injury from earlier this season. 

The Celtics should be well rested after last playing against the New York Knicks on Saturday, scoring 133 points and hitting 27 3-pointers in the win. 

The Celtics certainly won’t shoot the ball as well as they did against New York, but I think they should win this game against Memphis. 

The Grizzlies have also taken a step back defensively without Jaren Jackson Jr., ranking 22nd in the NBA this season. Boston (No. 2 in offensive rating) should be able to take advantage of that in this game. 

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