Free NBA Picks Today for Monday, February 7th, 2022

Free NBA Picks Today for Monday, February 7th, 2022
Mon 7th February 2022

Our free NBA picks are out for Monday, February 7th, 2022! Make sure you check our NBA picks before the action kicks off.

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

Toronto Raptors @ Charlotte Hornets – 7pm ET

The Toronto Raptors kick off their three game road trip in Charlotte when they take on the Hornets. The Raptors are currently on a five game winning streak, and this takes their season record to 28-23. The Hornets, on the other hand, are on a four game losing streak, with losses to the Clippers, Celtics, Cavaliers and Heat.

Jeffery Thomas

The Raptors and Hornets will meet Monday night as the two teams are heading in opposite directions. The Raptors were sitting at .500, before rattling off a 5 game winning streak that saw them dispatch the Heat twice, the Bulls and the Hawks twice. They’ve learned to come through in clutch situations and that’s helped them during this winning stretch, with 4 of the 5 wins being within 7 points. It’s been a team effort, with a lot of key contributions from auxiliary pieces like Gart Trent who had a 30 point streak going during the winning streak as well. The Hornets will try and copy the Raptors script and get that started in this one. Their last win was a 117-114 win over the Lakers on January 28. Now they are in the middle of a 4 game home stand and will try to get off the schneid with a big win over a hot Raptors team. 

They’ve struggled on both ends of the court recently, which is not usually the case for their high flying, run and gun offense. The defense has been a concern most of the season, so we shouldn’t expect that to be corrected. These teams have met once this year already with the Raptors winning 125-113 on January 25. In that game Pascal Siakam came one rebound short of a 2nd career triple double and Gary Trent had 32 points on 5-10 3 point shooting. The Raptors were also without their All Star point guard Fred VanVleet. Even with this being on the road, this should be another tally in the win column for the Raptors who are hitting their stride right now and will be fully healthy for this one. 

Jeffery’s NBA Pick: Toronto Raptors (-108)

Michael Lantz

The Toronto Raptors are showing their true potential, as they’re in the midst of a five-game winning streak and are looking dangerous now that they’re fully healthy. Fred VanVleet has deservedly been picked as an all-star and Pascal Siakam is putting up numbers similar to two years ago, when he was an all-star himself. The team has also enjoyed a recent surge in scoring from Gary Trent Jr., who they acquired from Portland last season. As the Raptors look to continue their rise in the Eastern Conference, they’ll have a challenge Monday as they face one of the league’s best offenses courtesy of the Charlotte Hornets.

Offense isn’t everything; that’s been evident in Charlotte’s recent run of games as they’ve dropped four in a row, including a 86-104loss to the Miami Heat on Saturday—a game where they couldn’t even get their offense going. The Hornets will hope to get back on track Monday, but they have the challenge of playing one of the NBA’s hottest teams in Toronto. They’ll have a good chance to put up some points as Toronto’s defense isn’t quite what it was a couple of years ago. Still, it’s solid enough, and with the way the Raptors have been playing lately, I’m going to go with them to take this one.

Michael’s NBA Pick: Toronto Raptors (-108)

Noah Dunlap 

The Toronto Raptors enter this one as one of the hottest teams in the NBA, as they’ve won five straight, with three of those coming against current playoff teams. They had some issues throughout the mid-stages of the season, but a lot of that was COVID related, as well as having some injury problems. Since getting everyone back healthy, they’ve played great basketball, and I think that’s likely to continue. 

The Charlotte Hornets, on the other hand, come into this matchup reeling just a bit. They’ve lost four straight, and while all four losses have come to playoff teams, they have to be disappointed in the way they’ve played. One of their issues all year has been defense, but their offense has been able to pick up the slack, at least until recently. If their offense can step things up once again, even with a shaky defense, I think this is the kind of young, athletic team that can make some noise. But the issue is that I’m not optimistic that will happen in this one. I think the Raptors will travel south and get another big win, pushing their winning streak to six. 

Noah’s NBA Pick: Toronto Raptors (-108)

Miami Heat @ Washington Wizards – 7pm ET

Two Southeast Division rivals come together on Monday night in the NBA when the Miami Heat and the Washington Wizards go toe-to-toe. The road trip continues on for the Heat, who have gone 2-2 so far this trip, and they are currently on a two game winning streak. The Wizards have lost seven of their last eight games, and this takes their season record to 24-28.

Jeffery Thomas

The Heat come into this one winners of their last 2 after beating the Hornets 104-86 on Saturday night. The Heat are getting back to full health, as that was Kyle Lowry’s second game back after a 9 game absence. Jimmy Butler paced them in scoring with an efficient night shooting 10-13, finishing with 27 points. They were down 5 at halftime and then outscored Charlotte by 23 in the second half, easily covering their short 2.5 spread. For the Wizards, they will try to snap a cold streak that has seen them only win one of their past eight games. Their last game was also Saturday night, where they fell 80-95 to the Suns. 

They were once again without 3-time all star Bradley Beal who has missed the past 3 with a wrist injury. His presence is being missed as he leads the team in points and assists, and in those 3 games without him, the Wizards are only averaging 94 points a game. This will be the 4th matchup for these teams this year with the Heat taking two of the first three. The most recent matchup was a 119-112 victory for Miami on December 28, where Tyler Herro went off for 32 off the bench, stepping up with Lowry and Bam out. With Beal still out for the Wizards, it’s been a struggle offensively like I mentioned and with the Heat being one of the best defensive teams in the league that’s a bad formula. Washington is also struggling defensively so Miami will have no issue scoring which will help them cover this spread easily. 

Jeffery’s NBA Pick: Miami Heat -4.5 (-110)

Michael Lantz

The Washington Wizards are in free fall mode: they’ve lost seven of eight games and are without their leading scorer, Bradley Beal. Even after they secured an impressive win on Wednesday over the Philadelphia 76ers, they turned around and fell flat against the Phoenix Suns, losing 80-95. Now they’ll have another tough game, as they host the Eastern Conference’s top team, the Miami Heat.
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After a couple of disappointing losses early last week, the Miami Heat seem to be back in rhythm, as they’ve won consecutive games by hefty margins. The team is thrilled to be fully healthy again, with Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo putting up big numbers, while Tyler Herro continues to be a spark off the bench. That being said, with the Eastern Conference standings being so tight, the Heat can’t afford to soften up when they play a struggling team like the Wizards. While Washington has plenty of guys that can score, the Heat have one of the best rosters in the league when everyone is healthy. Sure, anything is possible in the NBA, but the safe pick in this one should be for the Heat to cover.

Michael’s NBA Pick: Miami Heat -4.5 (-110)

Noah Dunlap 

After looking like two of the best teams in the league through the first month or so of the season, one of these teams has kept up the hot play, while the other has completely faded off the map. The Miami Heat come in as the one seed out East, as them and the Chicago Bulls play a cat and mouse game of who wants it more. After a brief three game losing streak, they’ve flipped the script and have won two straight, with a good chance to make that three in this one. 

The Washington Wizards come into this one in the process of doing a nosedive. They started the year playing great basketball, but can’t seem to win a game at this point. They’ve lost seven of their last eight, with the only win being a surprising win over Philadelphia, and they’ve been without their best player in Bradley Beal for an extended period of time, and he will continue to be out for this one. With Miami healthy again, and Washington playing bad basketball without Beal, I think the safe play here would be to take the Heat and the spread, even with them having to go on the road to the nation’s capital. 

Noah’s NBA Pick: Miami Heat -4.5 (-110)

Phoenix Suns @ Chicago Bulls – 8pm ET

The Phoenix Suns are in the middle of their four game road trip, and on Monday night they will take on the Chicago Bulls. The Suns are back to their winning ways after beating the Wizards, 95-80, last time out. The Bulls will be playing on back-to-back nights, and last time out they lost, 108-119, to the 76ers.

Jeffery Thomas

This is the marquee national televised matchup of the night that has the Western Conference’s 1st place team in the Suns playing the Eastern Confernce’s 2nd place team, the Bulls. This is a back to back spot for Chicago, as they played an afternoon game against Philly on Sunday, that they dropped at home 108-119. Demar DeRozan went off for 45 points in the loss, which was the 10th straight victory for the Sixers over the Bulls. They were without their other star Zach Lavine, along with Coby White, Lonzo and Caruso still being out. For the Suns, they have the best record in the league and have won 9 of their last 10 games. 

Their lone loss during that stretch was this past Thursday on the road to the Hawks, who had 43 points from Trae Young. That loss snapped an 11 game winning streak for the Suns. Phoenix bounced back on Saturday though, beating the Wizards 95-80 on the back of DeAndre Ayton’s 20 points and 16 rebounds. The Bulls got off to a hot start this year but have been bit by the injury bug and are still dealing with the effects of that. The Suns on the other hand, are getting healthy with Ayton coming back from his ankle injury 3 games ago. The Suns also have the best road record in the league (20-5) with the rest advantage so this sets up as another tally in the win column for Phoenix. 

Jeffery’s NBA Pick: Phoenix Suns (-225)

Michael Lantz

This should be a fun one, as just a couple of days ago, these were the two top teams in their respective conferences. Unfortunately, a tough loss to the Philadelphia 76ers dropped the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference standings, but they’ll hope to stay alive for the one-seed on Monday as they take on the team with the NBA’s best record in the Phoenix Suns. The Suns look hungry this season, after they fell just short of capturing the NBA title in 2021. Devin Booker and Chris Paul look like the NBA’s top backcourt and even when they’ve had injuries this year, their outstanding depth that includes Cam Johnson, Mikal Bridges, and more have filled in nicely. 

The Suns have played great on both sides of the ball as they’re second in field goal percentage and third in opposing field goal percentage, while also sitting in the top ten in both points per game and fewest opponent points per game. They’ll have to be at their best on defense on Monday, as Chicago has some lethal scoring talent, including all-stars DeMar DeRozan and  Zach LaVine. These two are fully capable of dropping 30+ on anyone, so the Suns will have to do whatever they can to slow these two down. Playing in Chicago is never easy, but the Bulls are coming off a tough loss to the Sixers just one day before, to have to follow that up with the league’s best team might be a bit too much to handle. I’ll go with Phoenix. 

Michael’s NBA Pick: Phoenix Suns (-225)

Noah Dunlap 

The Phoenix Suns are the best team in basketball, and I’m not sure that anyone would disagree. They’ve run off two separate double-digit game winning streaks, and after slipping up to the Atlanta Hawks last week, they’ve won two straight and nine of their last ten. They missed DeAndre Ayton for a few games during that stretch, but now that he’s back, and with Devin Booker, Chris Paul, and Cameron Johnson all still in the lineup, this is a team that is absolutely lethal on both ends of the floor. 

As for Chicago, they come in as the two seed in the Eastern Conference, but sit barely behind Miami, as those two have been going back and forth for a while now. The problem Chicago has had as of late is the fact that they’re dealing with a few injuries, as Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso are out, and they’ve been without Zach LaVine at times lately too. When everyone is healthy, this is a team that can be an NBA Finals type squad, but that’s dependent on them getting fully healthy. Coming off a tough loss to Philadelphia yesterday, I think there’s a chance they come out a bit flat in this one, so give me Phoenix on the road to pick up a tight win. 

Noah’s NBA Pick: Phoenix Suns -6 (-108)

Golden State Warriors @ Oklahoma City Thunder – 8pm ET

The Golden State Warriors kick off a short two game road trip on Monday night when they take on the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Warriors have added yet another win to their current streak, which stands at eight in a row, and this takes their overall season record to 40-13. The Thunder had their three game winning streak snapped last time out, courtesy of the Kings, 103-113.

Jeffery Thomas

The Warriors are the hottest team in the league, winning 8 straight and only trailing the Phoenix Suns in wins on the season. Having Klay Thompson back has really given them a jolt of energy, and he’s coming off his best game since returning. He went for 23 points in 23 minutes, making seven of his nine 3 point attempts. He also added 7 assists for good measure in the 126-114 win over Sacramento. This Thunder team is completely different from years past, with no players remaining on the roster from the last time Klay faced them 3 years ago. OKC is also coming off a game against Sacramento, but they lost 103-113 which snapped a 3 game winning streak. 

They are also battling multiple injuries: Shai Gilegous-Alexander, Luguentz Dort, Aaron Wiggins, Isaiah Roby, and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl. Coming in short-handed against a team who has already beat you twice this season doesn’t make for a great spot for the Thunder. Andre Iguodala and Otto Porter Jr. both made the trip and could return Monday night for the Warriors to add even more juice to the Dubs. They are facing a rebuilding team who is ravaged by injury so this one is pretty straightforward. Take the Warriors to cover in what should be a relatively easy win from start to finish. 

Jeffery’s NBA Pick: Golden State Warriors -11.5 (-110)

Michael Lantz

The Oklahoma City Thunder have shown some signs of life lately as they’ve won three of their last four. Despite a 103-113 loss to the Kings on Saturday, the Thunder had won their previous three, including victories over the Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trail Blazers. It should also be noted that in all these mentioned games, the Thunder were without leading scorer Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. While the team might not be playoff-worthy yet, they undoubtedly have some up-and-coming talent, even without Gilgeous-Alexander playing, the team has gotten big games from Lu Dort and rookie Josh Giddey. The Thunder will have a big test Monday, as they take on one of the NBA’s best, the Golden State Warriors.
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The Warriors were looking a little shaky a couple of weeks ago, right after they lost Draymond Green to injury. But, they’ve adjusted nicely, and are now in the midst of an eight-game win streak. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson are back to their “Splash Bros.” ways and the team has some exciting depth that includes Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole, and rookie Jonathan Kuminga. While they can never overlook a team like OKC that’s growing in confidence, they should have no problem taking them on, especially while Gilgeous-Alexander stays sidelined. I’ll take the Warriors to cover.

Michael’s NBA Pick: Golden State Warriors -11.5 (-110)

Noah Dunlap 

The Oklahoma City Thunder have played a bit better as of late, but that doesn’t mean you should confuse them for a good basketball team. They’re still one of the worst teams in the league, and I don’t think that’s changing anytime soon. They have a slight amount of talent, but it isn’t much, and what talent they do have is extremely young. In the coming years, they may compete for a postseason spot, but that won’t be this year, and I doubt it occurs next year either. Now they get the Golden State Warriors in a game that could get ugly, especially with OKC’s best player, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander remaining out for this matchup. 

Golden State is arguably the second best team in basketball, with the likes of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Andrew Wiggins in the lineup. They went through a brief lull when Klay returned, as that coincided with the worst stretch of Curry’s career, but with both of them playing better, they’re a team to watch out for. They’ve run off eight straight wins, and I think they push it to nine in this one, as I just think there’s too much depth within this Golden State lineup, even with OKC playing with more confidence. Although they are on the road, take the Warriors and the spread. 

Noah’s NBA Pick: Golden State Warriors -11.5 (-110)

New York Knicks @ Utah Jazz – 9pm ET

The final game on Monday night’s slate will see the New York Knicks travel to Vivint Arena to take on the Utah Jazz. The Knicks are currently on a two game losing streak, and have lost five of their last six games. The Jazz have turned around from their five game losing streak, and are now looking to build on their current two game winning streak, after they defeated the Nuggets and Nets.

Jeffery Thomas

The Jazz got their franchise star Donovan Mitchell back after missing 8 games with a concussion, and he got right back to business, dropping 27 in a 125-102 win over Brooklyn on Friday. He did that only playing 22 minutes and taking 10 shots, as he is trying to get back in game shape. He quickly reminded the NBA world how important he was to the Jazz’s success as he had scored or assisted on their first 12 points and helped them race out to a quick double digit lead that they didn’t give up all game. They were still without Rudy Gobert, Jordan Clarkson and Rudy Gay, who all participated in practice on Sunday and will be hoping to get back in this one. The Knicks are coming off an overtime loss Saturday in Los Angeles against the Lakers, which saw their young star RJ Barrett go for a career-high 36 points. 

They held a 21 point lead at one point, making the loss even more heartbreaking. It’s been a real struggle, losers of 8 of their past 10, but the start they got off to against Los Angeles could be a good sign if they can just sustain that for a full 48 minutes. They played fast, which is something they usually don’t do and really competed defensively. The Jazz have one of the best home court advantages in the league and have the possibility of getting even closer to full strength against a struggling Knicks team who is bad on the road. The Knicks are 27th in the league in scoring and if they revert back to their slow pace it could be a blowout against the league’s highest scoring team. Utah is the better team and I think they will ride their positive momentum and pull out the victory on their home court. 

Jeffery’s NBA Pick: Utah Jazz (-300)

Michael Lantz

The Utah Jazz started off the season looking like they were ready to claim the one-seed for a second straight year. Unfortunately, they recently were hit by injuries and COVID issues, which had the team struggling to find a win. Both Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell missed time, and then the team lost Joe Ingles for the season. Luckily, the team got Mitchell back the other night and were able to dominate the Brooklyn Nets, which was their second straight win after they beat the Denver Nuggets. Things are looking up again for the Jazz, and they’ll look to keep it going Monday when they face the New York Knicks.

The Knicks just can’t catch a break: even after a fierce regulation battle against the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday, the team just didn’t have enough to pull off an overtime win, furthering their possibility of being a playoff team in the Eastern Conference.  Now, they’ll follow this up with a trip to Salt Lake City where they face a playoff hungry Jazz team that just got its leading scorer back. The Knicks will definitely have a shot, as the Jazz have struggled a bit without their prized defensive center Rudy Gobert in the lineup. If the Knicks can get some things going down low, they might have a shot. But with how inconsistent they’ve played this year, I just can’t trust myself to pick the Knicks. I expect New York area native Donovan Mitchell to light up his favorite childhood team. I’ll take Utah to cover.

Michael’s NBA Pick: Utah Jazz -7 (-110)

Noah Dunlap 

The New York Knicks just aren’t very good. They started the year hot, but have since stumbled in a major way. They simply aren’t getting enough production from the talent on their roster, outside of Julius Randle, and occasionally RJ Barrett, and there’s only so much those two can do. They’ve lost five of their last six, including the last two, and now they go on the road to Salt Lake City to play a Utah team that is finally playing better after a brief rough stretch. 

The Utah Jazz finally have Donovan Mitchell back after a lengthy concussion related absence, but they are still without Rudy Gobert, and Joe Ingles is now out for the year. Even with those two out, as long as Mitchell has been in the lineup they’ve been playing pretty good ball, as they’ve now won two straight since he returned. While I do think this is the kind of game that could see New York win in terms of the paint, with Gobert out, I still trust the Jazz’s perimeter play to be able to give them the slight edge. I think this one actually ends up being extremely close, but I do still have Utah picking up the win. 

Noah’s NBA Pick: Utah Jazz (-300)

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