NFL picks, NBA best bets & NCAAB predictions for Monday

Good morning, Pickswise Nation, and welcome to another wonderful week of sports. We have a big football game to look forward to tonight and there’s also the start of the college basketball season, plus NBA and NHL action, so let’s get straight to making your next bet better!

About Last Night

NFL Week 9 serves up upsets
In one of the biggest shockers of the season, the New York Jets upset the Buffalo Bills as double-digit home underdogs on Sunday. That victory, coupled with wins from the Lions over the Packers and Jaguars over the Raiders, were a few of the home underdogs that prevailed in Week 9.

Elsewhere around the NFL, the Chargers escaped Atlanta with a win over the Falcons, while the Vikings rallied to beat the Commanders. The Chiefs also escaped with a win over the Titans and the Dolphins needed a 35-point outburst to knock off the Bears. The Buccaneers came from behind to knock off the Rams, while the Seahawks handled the Cardinals in Arizona.

Cavs keep on rolling
The NBA season has been anything but predictable so far, but what has been constant is the continued success of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs won yet again on Sunday, dominating the Lakers en route to a double-digit victory. Cleveland is now 8-1 on the season, only sitting behind Milwaukee at the top of the NBA standings. Elsewhere, the Grizzlies defeated the Wizards while the Raptors took care of the Bulls in Toronto.

Today’s Slate

Big showdown in the Big Easy on MNF
The Ravens will be without a slew of players on both sides of the ball as they get ready to take on a desperate Saints team this week on Monday Night Football at 8:15 pm ET on ESPN. Read today’s NFL predictions.

NCAAB tips off
The long road to March Madness is finally here. Today is the return of the college basketball season, with a number of top-25 teams in action in their first game of the campaign. Among the teams playing tonight are Kentucky, Baylor, Michigan and Villanova, plus North Carolina and Syracuse. Read today’s NCAAB predictions.

Massive NBA slate on tap
It was a quiet weekend around the association, but the NBA ramps back up on Monday with a full 15 game slate, including a marquee matchup between the Celtics and Grizzlies. We’ll also see the Philadelphia 76ers try to get back on track against the Phoenix Suns, while the Warriors look to get off the ground against the Kings. Read today’s NBA picks.

Best Bet of the Day

NFL: New Orleans Saints +2 over Baltimore Ravens (-110)
8:15 pm ET

The Saints have been one of the most undervalued teams all season, and from a net success rate standpoint, they rank as the 2nd-best team in the NFL. The Saints’ issue has been turnovers, where they are last in TO margin, 31st in EPA given up on offense due to turnovers and 32nd in defensive turnovers created. Turnovers are a stat that typically regresses during a year, so the Saints are hoping that continues from last week’s shutout win over the Raiders. The Saints should be able to continue to move the ball, as since Andy Dalton took over in Week 4, they rank 3rd best in the NFL in offensive success rate. They should have success on this Ravens defense that is 27th in EPA allowed and bottom 10 in both run and pass efficiency. Check out our full Ravens vs Saints predictions.


Our Monday Night Football package is stacked with expert analysis and picks. We have best bets for Ravens vs Saints and TD scorer picks. We also have a Baltimore vs New Orleans Same Game Parlay for this matchup at +896 odds!

With college basketball tipping off, our experts have early National Championship picksplus a 70/1 longshot bet that’s worth your consideration. We’re also already looking forward to this week’s college football with a look at the opening NCAAF Week 11 odds.

Keep an eye out for more great sports analysis as it arrives throughout the day on the Analysis tab.


Don’t forget to check out our daily show Let’s Be It on our YouTube channel at at 10:00 am ET.

Lauren Jbara and Jared Smith are your hosts today and they will be joined by Bobby Stanley aka “Prop Holliday”, Pickswise’s prop analyst. The team will be looking at the winners and losers from the weekend’s NFL action, previewing tonight’s game and looking at the early odds for this week’s college football before revealing their Plays of the Day.

You can also access the show at any time through Spotify and Apple Podcasts (search for Let’s Bet It Presented By Pickswise).

Stat of the Day

The Saints have scored at least 24 points in 4 of Andy Dalton’s last 5 starts. Dalton gets the ball as New Orleans looks for a victory at home on Monday.

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