Free NBA Picks For Today 12/9/2019
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics Pick Prediction 12/9/2019
Cavaliers at Celtics—NBA pick is Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics to play under the total of 216. Must respect the Celtics defensive form the past two games on this home stand holding Denver to 94 points and Miami to 93 with each game going under the total. Nuggets and Heat combined for 42% shooting. Now the Celtic will defend a Cleveland Cavaliers team that has lost six straight and nine of ten. Past three games the Cavs were held to 94 at Philadelphia and home to Detroit. In between was 87 points scored at home to Orlando. Past five games Cavaliers shooting only 43.4%. Boston has played to under in 13 of their 21 games this season. They sit fifth in defensive efficiency and play at a slow pace. Cleveland also plays a slow pace with bot the Celtics and Cavs in the lower third of the league. Celtics have played to under in each game with two days of rest giving up 97.5 per game. They should do better than average against Cleveland. Play Cleveland and Boston under 216.
Sacramento Kings vs. Houston Rockets Pick Prediction 12/9/2019
Kings at Rockets—NBA pick is Houston Rockets -12. Kings are 3-9 as they took to the court to face the Dallas Rockets on Sunday. They are 0-2 straight up in back to back games this season as they have been outscored by an average of 17 points as they average only 91.5 points per game in this spot. Kings were terrible in back to back games last season. An issue facing the Kings right now is they lack scoring depth with both Marvin Bagley and De’Aaron Fox injured. Bagley has played in only one game this season and Fox has been out since November 6th. Also Bogdan Bogdanovic has been playing through a knee issue that could flare up in a back to back here. Kings had dropped five of six as they took on the Mavs. Rockets have won straight straight and four of five after a six point home win to Phoenix on Saturday. They play at the second highest pace in the NBA which should wear out the Kings in the second half as expect the Rockets to build on their lead in the third and fourth quarter. Sacramento in their past five games are shooting only 42.5% with 27.4% from three. Rockets shooter James Harden likes to build up his stats. Rockets guards have a big matchup advantage. Play Houston -12.
Orlando Magic vs. Milwaukee Bucks Pick Prediction 12/9/2019
Magic at Bucks—NBA free pick is Milwaukee Bucks -11.5. Key injuries for Orlando. Nikola Vucevic is out injured. The big man is a 17 point and 11.5 rebound per game. Al Farouq Aminu is also sidelined for the Magic and provided depth in the rotation averaging 21 minutes per game. Bucks are healthy and have won fourteen straight after their 119-91 home win to the LA Clippers on Friday. They have covered four straight three as favorites of -8.5 or greater. Past five games Bucks hitting on 51.8% with 41.3% from three while limiting opponents to 32.8%. Orlando has shot poorly on the road at 42.3% and 31.3% from three. In their first meeting the Bucks pounded the Magic on the road 123-91 crushing Orlando on the glass by 18 rebounds. Milwaukee number one in the league in pace and second in offensive efficiency in the league. Magic near the bottom in offensive efficiency. Play Milwaukee -11.5.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Utah Jazz Pick Prediction 12/9/2019
Thunder at Jazz—Free pick is Utah Jazz -8.5. Utah recently concluded a long road trip and in their first home game following that trip were beaten by the Lakers. That was no surprise because LAL is a good team and the Jazz were in a tough spot with one day of rest after concluding five games back east. Rested at home with two days of rest the Jazz rebounded with a 126-112 home win to Memphis on Saturday covering as a -11.5 favorite. They pulled down 13 more rebounds than the Grizzlies showing they have recovered their energy. At home Utah is shooting 47.4% with 4.4% from three while limiting opponents to 43.9% shooting. OKC will be on a back to back after playing at Portland on Sunday night. Thunder is 0-3 straight up in back to back games giving up 116 points per game. Tough spot for the Thunder playing in high elevation in a back to back. Play Utah -8.5