Free NBA Picks For Today 8/14/2020
Denver Nuggets vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Pick Prediction 8/14/2020
Nuggets vs. Raptors—NBA pick is Denver Nuggets and Toronto Raptors to play over the total of 225 points. Each team knows their first round opponent in the playoffs and expect to see backups get many minutes here. For Toronto there is a drop off defensively when they limit minutes. We have seen Philadelphia and Boston shoot well on the Raptors. Same can be said about Denver when they sit rotational players. They have allowed 124 or greater points in five straight games with poor defense. Don’t expect any defensive intensity here. Assistant coaches most likely putting time into their playoff opponent and not this game. Play Nuggets and Raptors over 225.
Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers NBA Pick Prediction 8/14/2020
Heat vs. Pacers—NBA free pick is Indiana Pacers +1.5. Both teams know their first round opponent. Starters won’t see much if any minutes here. Not impressed by Heat bench as they blew a huge fourth quarter lead in their loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Indiana is a good shooting team that defends. Past five games Indiana is holding opponents to 43.7% shooting and 30.9% from three. Rather take points here. Play Indiana +1.5.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. LA Clippers NBA Pick Prediction 8/14/2020
Thunder vs. Clippers—Free pick is Oklahoma City Thunder +6. Each team knows their first round opponent. Starters may see limited if any minutes. But the Clippers first playoff game is on Monday. OKC hits the court on Tuesday. I can see the Thunder go a bit deeper with rotational players in this spot than the Clippers. The 9 point loss to the Nets is a bit telling as the team felt there was not much to play for and it showed In their defensive performance. Thunder roared back in their win to the Heat and did crush the Wizards. If we get the Clippers output in this spot like they did to Brooklyn can only take points. Play Thunder +6.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Houston Rockets NBA Pick Prediction 8/14/2020
76ers vs. Rockets—NBA pick is Houston Rockets -4.5. Philadelphia first playoff game on Monday and the Rockets on Tuesday. Each team knows their opponent. 76ers will sit their rotation and dealing with injuries. They have lost three straight and have failed to cover five of seven in the bubble. In the Mike D’Antoni system the Rockets don’t believe in taking their foot off the pedal and it is important for them to stay in shooting rhythm and you can’t do that sitting players. Especially when you wont hit the court until Tuesday. He must keep his shooters sharp. For that reason, I expect James Harden and the rest of the rotation to play some significant minutes. Rockets don’t like resting, they like to play. D’Antoni also. Play Houston -4.5.