Free NBA Picks For Today 12/23/2019
Toronto Raptors vs. Indiana Pacers Pick Prediction 12/23/2019
Raptors at Pacers—NBA pick is Indiana -6. Both teams are on back to backs. Indiana has won and covered four straight at home win notable wins to the Lakers and Celtics. Raptors dealing with major injuries to key personnel. Injuries have hit Pascal Siakam, Norman Powell and Marc Gasol. They put a lot of energy into their fourth quarter rally at home to Dallas overcoming a 30 point deficit in the third quarter to win as the Mavericks collapsed. It was the bench that delivered while the starters played poorly for the exception of Kyle Lowry. Bench players tend to not play as well on the road. Raptors suffering major breakdowns defensively without major players on the court. At home Indiana is shooting 46.4% and the defense outstanding limiting opponents to 46.4% and 41.3% from three. Team is sixth in the league in defensive efficiency. Indiana has covered ten of fifteen at home. Raptor do have a losing spread record on the road. Play Indiana -6.
Utah Jazz vs. Miami Heat Pick Prediction 12/23/2019
Jazz at Heat—NBA free pick is Miami Heat -4.5. Heat have been a good home team 12-1 straight up as they are putting up 118.9 points shooting 50.4% from the field with 40.8% from three on their home court. The do have a recent road win at Philadelphia. Jazz have failed to cover nine of fifteen on the road while the Heat have covered 11 of 13 at and overall five of six. Heat sit in the top third of the NBA offensive efficiency ratings while Utah is in the bottom third. Over their past five games the Jazz have been beating up on bad teams. Recent road games against quality opposition resulted in loses by 9 at Philadelphia, 20 at Toronto, 19 at Indiana and 11 at LA Clippers. Utah has failed to cover their past four against teams who have won at least 60% of their games. Play Miami -4.5.
Chicago Bulls vs. Orlando Magic Pick Prediction 12/23/2019
Bulls at Magic—Free pick is Chicago Bulls +4.5. Chicago has shown improvement as the team has won three of their past four games. They have covered four straight and seven of their past eight games. Seven straight as a road underdog. Over their past five games the Bulls defense has been strong holding opponents to 42.4% shooting. They sit in the top third of the NBA in defensive efficiency. Tough spot for Portland as they return home after a four game road trip with the final three games in the west. They come off the 118-103 defeat at Portland on Friday. Orlando form not good as in that span of five games hitting only 43.8% while allowing 50.7% shooting and 46.4% from three. Magic has failed to cover nine of thirteen at home. Play Chicago +4.5.
Houston Rockets vs. Sacramento Kings Pick Prediction 12/23/2019
Rockets at Kings—NBA pick is Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings to play over the total of 228. Rockets have played to two straight overs on this road trip putting up 122 at the Clippers then 139 on Phoenix on Saturday. Over their past five games Houston is shooting 48.6% with 38.5% from three while on defense allowing 46.6%. Rockets sit second best in the NBA offensive efficiency ratings with 115.2 points per 100 possessions. Houston is playing at the third fastest pace in the NBA. In that span of five games the Kings defending poorly allowing 47% shooting with 37.7% from three. Team has gotten healthier so they are shooting at 46.5% and 36.9% from three in that span. Back in the rotation for the Kings are De-Aaron Fox and Marvin Bagley. Play Houston and Sacramento to play over 228.