Free NBA Picks Today for Monday, December 6th, 2021

Free NBA Picks Today for Monday, December 6th, 2021
Mon 6th December 2021

Our free NBA picks are out for Monday, December 6th, 2021! Make sure you check our NBA picks before the action kicks off.

Look below to find our free NBA picks for the five best games on today’s schedule!

Washington Wizards @ Indiana Pacers – 7pm ET

The Washington Wizards are in the middle of a three game road trip when they travel to Indiana to take on the Pacers. The Wizards have lost two games in a row, and will be playing on back-to-back nights after going down to the Raptors, 90-102, last time out. The Pacers are on a four game losing streak, with losses to the Bucks, Timberwolves, Hawks and Heat, which brings their season record to 9-16.

Denis Kirilov

Two teams who had contrasting performances so far will face each other on Monday night in the NBA. The Washington Wizards travel to Indiana in an attempt to stop their losing streak at 2 games. The Wizards are 5th in the East with 14 wins and 10 losses. However, the team found itself in a lot of trouble recently as they lost against perceived weaker teams. The Spurs, the Cavaliers, and the Raptors took advantage of their inconsistency and took away the victory against the Wizards. Bradley Beal has been struggling to drop big numbers in the last couple of games, while Caldwell-Pope and Kuzma seem to be out of rhythm at the moment. 

The situation within the Indiana Pacers is even worse. They are 13th in the East with 9 wins out of 25 games, losing their last 4 games in the NBA. The team had a chance against the Timberwolves and the Hawks, but some missed clutch shots played a deciding role for the outcomes. Domantas Sabonis’ double-doubles are simply not enough as Caris LeVert, Myles Turner, and Chris Duarte will need to level up their game, if they want to have a shot at a Playoffs spot. In my opinion, the Wizards are the superior team that should win this match, if everything is normal. It’s high-time Bradley Beal came up huge for his team and reminds us what he is capable of. 

Denis’ NBA Pick: Washington Wizards (+190)

Michael Lantz

The Wizards have fallen in back-to-back games by double digits, as this one-time conference leading squad has fallen on some bumps as of late. Bradley Beal hasn’t scored 20 points or more in the last four games, and even though he’s distributing the ball more to a more trustworthy roster, sometimes the team needs him to take over games like they know he can. We’ll see if the Wizards can turn things around in a game against the struggling Indiana Pacers.

Indiana continues to become a trainwreck; despite having such talent they’ve dropped four straight including to a Miami Heat team that was missing both Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo. Even though coach Rick Carlisle returning to the Pacers was a nice homecoming, he clearly isn’t a good fit for this team. But, for the time being they’ll hope to end their skid with a win over a Washington Wizards team that’s not exactly excelling right now either. The last time these two faced off this season it was a 135-134 overtime thriller that went in Washington’s favor. Hopefully fans get a similar game this time, in what should be another win for the Wizards.

Michael’s NBA Pick: Washington Wizards (+190)

Noah Dunlap

In a matchup between two teams that have hit rough stretches on the season, we have the Indiana Pacers hosting the Washington Wizards. The Wizards come into this one having played well to open the year, as at one point they were the one seed in the East, but they’ve fallen on hard times and have dropped down to the fifth spot, including losing the first two games of this brief road trip. 

Indiana hasn’t played much better as of late, as they were one of the most disappointing teams to open the year, before looking like they may have found a rhythm, all before taking a tumble again and have now lost four straight. The problem with Indiana for much of the year has been the fact that their defense has been hit or miss most of the time, and that they seem to be missing more often than not. Even at home, I just don’t trust this Pacer defense to stop Bradley Beal, even though he’s been struggling a bit of late. Give me Washington to go in and get a tight win, primarily due to the ability to score against a shaky defensive unit. 

Noah’s NBA Pick: Washington Wizards (+190)

Denver Nuggets @ Chicago Bulls – 8pm ET

The Denver Nuggets continue their pretty significant road trip when they travel to take on the Chicago Bulls on Monday night. The Nuggets are coming off a day’s rest, and a victory, beating the Knicks, 113-99. The Bulls are currently on a three game winning streak, with wins against the Hornets, Knicks and Nets.

Denis Kirilov

The Denver Nuggets will travel to Chicago for their fourth consecutive away game. The Nuggets have had some issues recently as Nikola Jokic was sidelined for a couple of matches due to a wrist injury. He recovered from that and returned for the game against the Miami Heat, won by Denver, 120-111. Later on, the team suffered an unpleasant upset to the Orlando Magic, but the victory over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden evened things up. The Nuggets are 6th in the West with a 50% win ratio, winning 11 out of 22 games played. Their goals are big for this campaign as they are looking to once again break into the Playoffs. 

The Chicago Bulls are surprisingly 2nd in the Eastern Conference with 16 wins and 8 losses. They are on a 3-game winning streak ahead of their face-off with the Nuggets. The team has shown some inconsistency when it comes to playing at United Center as half of their losses were conceded at home. However, they have also been quite dominant in such meetings, defeating the Nets by 23 points, the Mavs by 10 points, and the Jazz by 8 points. Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan have been on fire ever since the beginning of the season. On top of that, their center, Nikola Vucevic, has been one of the best performing players at his position. For me, the Bulls shouldn’t face lots of troubles against the Nuggets and they will also be able to cover the given spread. 

Denis’ NBA Pick: Chicago Bulls -4.5 (-115)

Michael Lantz

It was another big win for the Bulls on Saturday night as they took out the Brooklyn Nets in Brooklyn 111-107. Even with Javonte Green and Coby White out due to COVID protocols, this Bulls team once again got huge games from DeMar DeRozen and Zach LaVine, as Chicago now sits at 16-8 on the season and just 0.5 games out of the Eastern Conference lead. They’ll hope to inch even closer to that top spot as they host the Denver Nuggets on Monday night.
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After going on a six-game losing streak at the end of November, the Denver Nuggets are continuing to find ways to win, despite getting hit with the injury bug. It seems that every night someone new is stepping up to give defending MVP Nikola Jokic some help. I thought their only way to succeed was having a definitive number two to help Jokic, but maybe I’m wrong. I don’t think this team has a Finals run in them with this squad, but they do look like a team that still has playoff potential, as they’ve won two of their last three games. They’ll have a chance Monday to further prove their worthiness, as they take on one of basketball’s best teams in the Chicago Bulls. While I think Denver is fully capable of pulling off a surprise win, I just don’t see it on the road in a hostile United Center atmosphere. I’ll take the Bulls. 

Michael’s NBA Pick: Chicago Bulls -4.5 (-115)

Noah Dunlap

Both of these teams have been somewhat surprising this season, but for two different reasons. The Denver Nuggets have been disappointing based on where they were last year, sitting at just .500 on the year currently, while Chicago has surprised a lot of people as they come into this one sitting as the two-seed in the Eastern Conference currently. The Bulls have seen their off-season moves of acquiring Lonzo Ball and DeMar Derozan pay off in a big way, as these two are a key reason for this early season success. 

Part of Denver’s issue revolves around health, as they’re still without Jamal Murray, and Michael Porter Jr. has been sidelined for much of the year as well. They then had last year’s league MVP miss a few games with a wrist injury that didn’t help matters. But even when they’ve been virtually healthy, they just seem to be missing a bit of a spark along the way, which should be concerning if you’re a Nugget fan. With this one being played in the Windy City, and the line being reasonable, I like the play here to be to take the Bulls and the points at home. 

Noah’s NBA Pick: Chicago Bulls -4.5 (-115)

Cleveland Cavaliers @ Milwaukee Bucks – 8pm ET

The Cleveland Cavaliers hit the road for one game when they play the Milwaukee Bucks. The Cavaliers are playing on back-to-back nights, and yesterday they suffered a heartbreaking one point loss to the Jazz, 108-109. The Bucks have already played three times so far this month, winning two and losing one, which brings their overall record for the season to 15-9.

Denis Kirilov

After a dramatic 108-109 loss to the Utah Jazz, the Cleveland Cavaliers will have yet another difficult challenge on Monday night in the NBA. This loss put an end to their 4-game winning streak. Now, they travel to Milwaukee where they will try to stop the Bucks’ fantastic form currently. The hosts are off to a 9-1 run lately with the most significant win coming against the Miami Heat in their last match. After Khris Middleton’s return, Giannis turned on his Playoffs mode and gave us some flashbacks from the previous year. The team suffered their only loss for the last 20 days against the Toronto Raptors without the “Greek freak”. 

The Cavs are looking better than anyone has ever expected without Collin Sexton in their squad. Darius Garland’s quickness and flexibility gives him a great advantage in today’s NBA. The 21-year-old still has a lot to learn, but he is slowly turning into an irreplaceable part of Cleveland. Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley are also fantastic players who make even further use of their height, grabbing clutch rebounds and dropping easy shots in the paint. In my opinion, we will see a wonderful game tomorrow with plenty of points on both ends. So, I will go with the option for “over points” in the Fiserv Forum. 

Denis’ NBA Pick: Over 213.5 (-110)

Michael Lantz

The Cleveland Cavaliers continue to impress: they won four straight games before Sunday night, when they only lost by one to a very good Utah Jazz team. Even after losing Collin Sexton for the year, this team has had its young core step up, giving “The Land” a fun team to watch with some serious playoff aspirations. In Sexton’s absence the team has seen guard Darius Garland continue to make strides and they’ve implemented a pretty dominant front court as youngsters Jarrett Allen, Lauri Markkanen, and rookie Evan Mobley continue to mesh into a thrilling core. On Monday night, they’ll have another test to prove they belong in the playoff discussion, as they take on the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks. 

After going on an impressive eight-game win streak, the Milwaukee Bucks were stifled against a young Toronto Raptors squad on Thursday night as they lost 93-97. Luckily the Bucks didn’t dwell on it too much as they were able to handle a hobbled Miami Heat team 124-102, even without Giannis Antetokounmpo. Giannis is questionable for Monday, but imagining he plays this should be a terrific matchup between the champs and a team on the rise. I like the way the Cavs are playing and how they’re continuing to gain confidence. I’m not sure if they’ll pull this one off, but I like them to cover. 

Michael’s NBA Pick: Cleveland Cavaliers +8 (-110)

Noah Dunlap

Despite losing Collin Sexton for the year to a torn meniscus, the Cleveland Cavaliers have continued to play surprisingly good basketball without him so far this year. They come into this one with this being the second night of a back-to-back, having lost to the Utah Jazz by one last night. However, it is worth pointing out that before that they were on a four-game winning streak and were rolling right along. 

Now, they get a Milwaukee Bucks team that, since getting Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton back, have been red hot and showing why they won the NBA title last year, and why many have them as a potential favorite to repeat again this season. Having won nine of their last ten, it’s hard to see how a banged up Cleveland team, coming off a loss last night, can find a way to deal with both Giannis and Middleton. I think the Bucks just have too much talent for the Cavs in this one, probably winning relatively easily, making the play to take them and the points. 

Noah’s NBA Pick: Milwaukee Bucks -8 (-110)

San Antonio Spurs @ Phoenix Suns – 9pm ET

The San Antonio Spurs finish up their road trip in Phoenix, when they take on the Suns, who have a two game homestand before heading back on the road again. The Spurs have won both their games so far in December, taking their winning streak to four, and their season record to 8-13. The Suns are coming off a loss to the Warriors, 96-118, last time out, which broke their absolutely insane 18 game winning streak they were on.

Denis Kirilov

The San Antonio Spurs and the Phoenix Suns were the two most recent teams who gave the Golden State Warriors a hard time. First, the Suns stopped their 7-game winning streak and then when the Warriors took their revenge against Phoenix and everyone thought they were off to another great run, the San Antonio Spurs showed up. They defeated the Warriors in a thrilling contest in Chase Center on Saturday. However, the difference between the Suns and the Spurs is quite obvious as one of them has reached its peak, while San Antonio is still in the development stage of their team. Phoenix have fantastic players like Deandre Ayton and Cameron Payne, who are closely guided by the more experienced ones in the face of Chris Paul and Devin Booker. 

The Spurs showed their potential against the Warriors, but without taking anything from them, I’d say that they won mainly due to the bad performance from Steph Curry. However, they were the core element for this issue for the Warriors as their defense did its job brilliantly. In my opinion, the Spurs have a bright future, but until they acquire some experienced player who can guide the team, they will be in big trouble throughout the season. Keeping in mind the Suns’ fantastic form recently, I am happy to trust them in this meeting. Covering their spread should be that hard task for the likes of Deandre Ayton and Chris Paul. Even without their superstar, Devin Booker, I think they can make a decent statement tomorrow with a convincing win over a high-flying Spurs team. 

Denis’ NBA Pick: Phoenix Suns -7.5 (-110)

Michael Lantz

The Phoenix Suns’ win streak was going to die sometime, and who better than against the other team battling for the best record in the NBA: the Golden State Warriors. After Phoenix blanked the Warriors in Arizona on Wednesday, the Warriors returned the favor in the Bay Area as they blew out the Suns 96-118. It was a good run that showed the Suns are ready to repeat as the Western Conference champs, and there is no shame in having a streak end to a team as good as the Warriors. Now, Chris Paul and Co., will look to pick it back up against the San Antonio Spurs.
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San Antonio started off the season 4-13, but this young team has shown some life in the past week-plus, as they won three straight games all against potential playoff teams (Blazers, Celtics, Wizards), they then only lost by five to the Golden State Warriors (faring better than their Monday night opponents did). Now, just 48 hours later, this developing Spurs team gets a chance against the league’s other best team, the Phoenix Suns. The Spurs offense has been sneaky efficient as they’re fifth in the NBA in field goal percentage, so the Suns cannot take this team lightly. That being said I expect the Suns to bounce back after a big-loss that was probably pretty good for them because it took a little bit of the pressure off. They’ll play a relaxed game against the Spurs. I expect San Antonio to stay in it, but 7.5 seems a little too close for my liking. 

Michael’s NBA Pick: Phoenix Suns -7.5 (-110)

Noah Dunlap

To me this one is simple. One of the two best teams in basketball is coming into this one having just seen their 18-game winning streak snapped and are probably going to be somewhat frustrated following the way they played in that one. That same Phoenix Suns team is now hosting an extremely average San Antonio Spurs team. 

The other side of this is that same average Spurs team just pulled off a huge upset and knocked off the league leading Golden State Warriors in their last game. So in order for me to feel confident in taking San Antonio in this one, I have to be willing to think they can knock off the league’s best two teams, both on the road, in consecutive games over three nights. There’s just not a chance I’d be willing to assume that happens, so give me Phoenix to win this one somewhat handily. 

Noah’s NBA Pick: Phoenix Suns -7.5 (-110)

Orlando Magic @ Golden State Warriors – 10pm ET

The road trip continues on for the Orlando Magic, and on Monday night they are taking on the Golden State Warriors. The Magic have had a few days to recover from their narrow loss last time out, 116-118, to the Rockets. The Warriors are in the middle of a three game homestand, and they lost to the Spurs, 107-112, last time out, which brings their season record to 19-4. 

Denis Kirilov

One of the worst performing teams in the NBA this season will go head-to-head with the leader in the Western Conference, the Golden State Warriors. The Orlando Magic are yet to win two wins in a row this campaign as they are second-to-last in the East with 5 wins out of 24 matches. The team managed to upset some of the best rosters in the NBA including the Utah Jazz, the New York Knicks, and the Denver Nuggets. However, the team occasionally loses its games by a double-digit number as their opponents rarely give them a chance to contest the final victory. 

The Warriors are off to an amazing start this season with 19 wins and 4 losses. They have faced some troubles recently as they lost to the Phoenix Suns and the San Antonio Spurs in just a matter of days. Steph Curry definitely needs more help from the rest of the roster, mainly from Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole. Draymond Green played on a very high level in November as the team is still waiting for Klay Thompson’ return. I think that it’s time for a grand spectacle in Chase Center in which Steph Curry will drop around 40 points. Hence, I am willing to go with the Warriors’ spread for their match against the struggling Orlando Magic. 

Denis’ NBA Pick: Golden State Warriors -14.5 (-110)

Michael Lantz

Well, this wouldn’t shouldn’t be much of a contest—but you never know, the NBA can work in mysterious ways. The Orlando Magic have been one of the NBA’s worst teams, compiling a 5-19 record on the year. While they’ve gotten some nice wins over the likes of the Utah Jazz, New York Knicks and, recently, the Denver Nuggets, the team has usually been penciled in as an easy win. 

Meanwhile the Golden State Warriors showed the Phoenix Suns they are still the top dogs in the NBA, with a convincing 118-96 win on Saturday night. They followed that by handling a streaking Spurs team on Saturday 112-107. The Magic have shown a couple times that good teams can’t overlook them, but when they’re playing in the Bay Area against arguably the league’s best team, the outlook doesn’t feel like it’s going to be very good. Looking over the Magic’s losses this year, and most of the time when they lose—they lose badly. So, you can’t help but to go that way when they’re taking on a team like Steph Curry and the Warriors. 

Michael’s NBA Pick: Golden State Warriors -14.5 (-110)

Noah Dunlap

Orlando is bad, like really bad. They come in with one of the worst records in the league, and most of the time they play like it. Unlike a few lower tier teams who find ways to keep games competitive, the Magic really don’t do that either. They just take the loss and move on. That doesn’t bode well for them as they go on the road to take on the best team in the NBA. 

Especially when you throw in the fact that Golden State just slipped up against San Antonio in their last outing, as they were clearly still excited about ending Phoenix’s 18-game winning streak, and just forgot to play basketball against the Spurs. I don’t expect the Warriors to come out flat in back-to-back games, which means I think there’s a good chance that they simply come out on a mission in this one. That means an overmatched Orlando team gets put in an uncomfortable position of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Give me Golden State and the points, and feel comfortable about it. 

Noah’s NBA Pick: Golden State Warriors -14.5 (-110)

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