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NBA Best Bets Today - Free Expert Picks for Monday, December 26

CJ McCollum over 33.5 points + assists (-111) vs. Pacers

With the Pelicans still down Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson -- plus Herb Jones out and a few others questionable -- I believe New Orleans will continue to lean heavily on McCollum. The veteran has turned things around lately through both added volume and increased efficiency. Over the past five games, he's averaging 28.6 points and 8.2 assists.

Myles Turner O8.5 rebounds

With so many injuries and questionable designations, I don't love most of the spreads and totals on Monday's slate. As such, we'll pivot to the player props at the DK Sportsbook. We're taking a bit of a risk on a big man who's a below-average rebounder for his size, but I like the value here at plus money. Turner has gone over this number in three of his last six, and the Pelicans are dealing with a number of key injuries. Zion Williamson is not on track to play, while Larry Nance could also end up sitting out. Williamson's absence, in particular, should play to Turner's benefit.

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