Free NBA Picks For Today 12/18/2019
Miami Heat vs. Philadelphia 76ers Pick Prediction 12/18/2019
Heat at 76ers—NBA pick is Miami Heat +7. Heat have shown the ability to bounce from a loss as they have covered eight of their past nine after a straight up defeat. Miami enters with a date of rest and have shot the ball well on the season hitting on 47.2% with 38.2% from three. They are second best in the NBA in three point defense limiting opponents to 32.5%. Heat have covered 17 of 26 and the 76ers have a losing spread mark. Miami have been poor on back to backs. But they enter with a day or rest where they are 13-3 straight up. Play Miami +7.
Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards Pick Prediction 12/18/2019
Bulls at Wizards—NBA free pick is Chicago Bulls +1. Chicago has shown improvement after a poor start. They have covered eight of their past ten games. They are defending as in their past five games limiting opponents to just 98.6 points and 42.1% shooting. Wizards a poor defensive team that is in poor form right now. In that span of five games the team is surrendering 121.6 points and 50.1% shooting with 37.1% from three point range. They are last in the NBA defensive efficiency ratings allowing 117.4 points per 100 possessions. Bulls sit in the top half of the league in defensive efficiency. Chicago has covered four of their past head to head meetings and five straight in Washington. Wizards have failed to cover eight of twelve. Wizards dealing with multiple injuries to high volume shooters. Play Chicago +1.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Pick Prediction 12/18/2019
Grizzlies at Thunder—Free pick is Memphis Grizzlies +6.5. Memphis showing improvement on the court has won and covered four of their past five games. They do come off a 118-111 win at home to Miami behind a strong shooting performance. During this past five games the Grizzlies hitting 48.4% while holding opponents to 43.1%. Oklahoma City has failed to cover two straight with a road defeat at Denver and could only beat the Bulls at home by three as a five point favorite on Monday. Play Memphis +6.5.
Boston Celtics vs. Dallas Mavericks Pick Prediction 12/18/2019
Celtics at Mavericks—NBA pick is Boston Celtics -1.5. Mavs without Luka Doncic did step up in the first game without their MVP candidate and came away with the four point win at Milwaukee. Usually teams step up in their first game without an injured star. But now Boston enters with five days of rest giving their head coach Brad Stevens plenty of time to put on a game plan against the Mavs without Luka Doncic in the lineup. Boston a very good defensive team holding teams to 43.5% shooting with 33.8% from three point range. Celtics rank fourth in the NBA efficiency rating efficient on both sides of the court. Boston has covered seven of twelve on the road. With Doncic leaving the game due to injury at home to Miami on Saturday the Mavs did drop an overtime decision to a Heat team who were on a back to back with Dallas playing with rest. Play Boston -1.5.
Golden St Warriors vs. Portland Trailblazers Pick Prediction 12/18/2019
Warriors at Trailblazers—NBA free pick is Golden St Warriors and Portland Trailblazers to play under the total of 219. Trailblazers have played to under in four of five. Past five games Trailblazers hitting only 43.7%. Portland injuries got worse as Rodney Hood is now out for the season with an Achilles injury. Hood shot 50% and made 49.3% from three. Trailblazers lacked depth with Hood in the lineup and now it is worse with Hood out. Also out are key contributors in Zach Collins and Jusuf Nurkic. Carmelo Anthony is now the third highest volume shooter on the team and is making only 42.2% from the field. Warriors have played to under in five of seven. Past five games Warriors putting up only 101.8 points per game hitting only 43.3%. Golden St sits second worse in offensive efficiency ratings with 103.8 points per 100 possessions. Play Golden St and Portland under 219.