Free NBA Picks For Today 12/22/2019
Dallas Mavericks vs. Toronto Raptors Pick Prediction 12/22/2019
Mavericks at Raptors—NBA pick is Dallas Mavericks +2.5. Toronto dealing with injuries as Pascal Siakam has a groin injury, Marc Gasol is dealing with a hamstring injury and Norman Powell a shoulder injury, Raptors failed to cover on Friday at home to a bad Washington team winning by four. Dallas has covered seven of nine after their 117-98 road win at Philadelphia. Dallas is 11-2 straight up at home and against the spread on the road this season. Mavericks sit number one in the offensive efficiency ratings with 117.2 points per 100 possessions. Past five games Dallas shooting 38% from three while limiting opponents to 42.5% and 32.8% from three. Play Dallas +2.5.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Boston Celtics Pick Prediction 12/22/2019
Hornets at Celtics—NBA free pick is Charlotte Hornets +13. Charlotte has covered six of seven in back to back games. This is a team that plays at the third slowest pace in the NBA and the Celtics rank in the bottom third in the league in pace. Charlotte has covered five of their past eight games. Gordon Hayward is dealing with a foot injury and Marcus Smart and eye injury. Hornets past five game holding opponents to 42.5% shooting and 27.9% from three. A bit too many points here. Play Charlotte +13.
Indiana Pacers vs. Milwaukee Bucks Pick Prediction 12/22/2019
Pacers at Bucks—Free pick is Milwaukee Bucks -7. Not going to get in front of this Bucks team. They are 4-0 straight up and covered three of four in back to back games outscoring opponents by an average of 19 points per game in this spot. At home Bucks shooting 48.6% while holding opponents to 42.2%. Milwaukee has covered eight of ten. Pacers dealing with injuries with Sabonis a hip and Jeremy Lamb a groin injury. Teams need all their horses when facing this Bucks team. Milwaukee has covered four of five against the Pacers and five of six overall. Play Milwaukee -7.
Denver Nuggets vs. LA Lakers Pick Prediction 12/22/2019
Nuggets at Lakers—NBA pick is Denver Nuggets +7.5 This is a tough spot for the Lakers. This is their first home game after a five game road trip. Prior to that long trip the Lakers play a three game road trip then returned home for a one game before hitting that five game east coast trip. They have played 13 of 16 on the road and this could be a flat spot for LA facing a good Nuggets team. Lakers have failed to cover four straight dropping the final two straight at up Milwaukee and Indiana. Past five games Lakers averaging only 103.2 points per game. That is nearly 10 points below overall average which could point to some scheduling fatigue. The Clippers are next for the Lakers on Christmas Day following this home spot against the Nuggets. Denver hits the road after winning five straight at home. Kyle Kuzma is questionable for LA. Nuggets sit second in the NBA defensive efficiency ratings allowing 103.3 points per 100 possessions. Just too many points. Play Denver +7.5.