Free NBA Picks For Today 12/16/2019
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors Pick Prediction 12/16/2019
Cavaliers at Raptors—NBA pick is Toronto Raptors -12.5. Cavaliers have lost 15 of their past 17 games. They have had ugly recent road losses. At Milwaukee by 17, Boston by 22, Philadelphia by 47, Dallas by 42, Miami by 23 and New York Knicks by 18 in seven of their past eight on the road. Cavs on the road putting up only 101.8 points and shooting 42.6% while surrendering 49.4% shooting. Toronto defends well at home holding teams to 41.7%. Raptors have covered nine of thirteen at home. Play Toronto -12.5. There is some turmoil with this Cavaliers veterans and head coach John Beilein. At 66 years old he left college basketball to become a head coach in the NBA with no prior knowledge of this league. Play Toronto -12.5.
Chicago Bulls vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Pick Prediction 12/16/2019
Bulls at Thunder—NBA free pick is Chicago Bulls +6. Bulls have covered their past five as an underdog. They have covered seven of their past nine games after their 109-106 home win to the LA Clippers on Saturday. Bulls defense has been outstanding over their past five games holding teams to 40.6% and 30.3% from three. In that span OKC struggling from three point distance at 32.1%. OKC plays their first home game after a four game road trip. They have dropped two straight with a one point defeat at Sacramento and by 8 at Denver. Bulls have been competitive with recent losses by one point at home to Toronto, by five at Miami in overtime and by point at Portland. Play Chicago +6.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Houston Rockets Pick Prediction 12/16/2019
Spurs at Rockets—Free pick is San Antonio and Houston to play over the total of 231.5. Spurts have surrendered 117 points or greater in four of their past five games including their win at Houston earlier in the month as the teams combined for 268 points. Rockets offensive past five games hitting on 47.6% with 37% from three but allowing 38.2% from three point range. Rockets sit number two in the NBA offensive efficiency ratings at 114.9 points per 100 possessions. They also play at the fifth fastest pace in the league. Spurs have defended poorly on the road giving up 117 points with 48.5% shooting and 38.6% from beyond the arc. They have shot 47% on the road. Play San Antonio and Houston to play over the total of 231.5.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Milwaukee Bucks Pick Prediction 12/16/2019
A huge injury for Dallas and the NBA as Luca Doncic is out for two weeks with an ankle sprain. Doncic was averaging 29 points per game and hitting on 48.1%. He was the highest volume shooter for the team. The next two highest volume shooters at Kristaps Porzingis who makes 39.7% and Tim Hardaway connecting on 43.2%. Dallas plays slow at the 20th fastest pace in the NBA and now without Doncic they may get slower to focus on defense. Past five games Mavericks holding teams to 43.3% shooting while in that span the Bucks limiting opponents to 40.3%. Milwaukee number one in the NBA defensive efficiency ratings holding teams to 102 points per 100 possessions. Play Dallas and Milwaukee under 227.