Free NBA Picks For Today 1/3/2020
Portland Trailblazers vs. Washington Wizards Pick Prediction 1/3/2020
Trailblazers at Wizards—Line—Portland -5.5—NBA pick is Washington Wizards +5.5. The losing streak has now reached five straight after the Trailblazers dropped a 117-93 road decision at New York Knicks on Wednesday. Team has failed to cover all five of those games. Portland looked bad in that loss. The team lacks the depth from last season. Then coupled with cluster injuries as the team is without Jusuf Nurkic, Zach Collins and Rodney Hood who are all contributors offensively and defensively. Past five games Trailblazers defense allowing 48.8% shooting with 41.4% from three. Wizards at home shoots well at 46.5% and 38.7% from three point range. Wizards seventh best in offensive efficiency with 112 points per 100 possessions. Portland 6-12 straight up on the road. Play Washington +5.5.
Miami Heat vs. Orlando Magic Pick Prediction 1/3/2020
Heat at Magic—Line—Miami -1.5—NBA free pick is Orlando Magic +1.5. Don’t trust Miami on back to backs. Team is 2-4 straight up in this spot getting outscored 101-112 in back to back games. Orlando is home and with a day of rest after their 122-101 road win at Washington. Magic defensive form good as in their past five games holding opponents to 43.3% shooting. Orlando does have a winning record at home at 10-7 straight up. Play Orlando +1.5.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Houston Rockets Pick Prediction 1/3/2020
76ers at Rockets—Line—Houston -4.5—Free pick is Houston Rockets -4.5. Rockets have won six of their past eight games after their 130-104 home win to Denver on Monday. They have covered five of their past seven. Josh Embiid is listed as questionable with a knee ailment. 76ers have lost three straight after their 115-97 road defeat at Indiana. They have lost all three on this road trip and five of their past seven on the highway. Philadelphia has been a poor defensive team on the road giving up 46.9%. Past five games Rockets limiting opponents to 31.9% from three. Houston sits number two in the NBA offensive efficiency ratings with 114.8 points per 100 possessions. Play Houston -4.5.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. LA Lakers Pick Prediction 1/3/2020
Pelicans at Lakers—LA -11 with o/u 223—NBA pick is LA Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans under the total of 223. LA has played to under in two straight both in the first two games of his home stand. Lakers defend well at home holding opponents to 42.7% shooting. New Orleans has shown improvement as the team has won four straight and five of six. Improvement from this Pelicans team has come on the defensive end of the court. In their past five games the team is holding teams to 42.8% shooting and 28.35 from three point range. They have gone under in four straight on the road and five of seven overall. LA sits fourth on the defensive efficiency ratings with 104.8 points per 100 possessions. Play LA Lakers and New Orleans under 223 points.
New York Knicks vs. Phoenix Suns Pick Prediction 1/3/2020
Knicks at Suns—NBA free pick is Phoenix Suns -6. Suns have covered three straight as they finished a 2-2 road trip. Phoenix has gotten their two big man back in Aron Baynes and DeAndre Ayton. Over their past five games the Suns have covered four as they are shooting 48.8%. Tough to back the Knicks on the road as they shoot only 42.5% and allow 39.2% from three point range. Realize the Knicks have shown some improvement, but they are out west now. Suns are a different team with their big men on the court. Play Phoenix -6.