Free NBA Picks For Today 8/18/2020
Orlando Magic vs. Milwaukee Bucks NBA Pick Prediction 8/18/2020
Magic vs. Bucks—NBA pick is Milwaukee Bucks -11. Bucks have won all four against the Magic this season covering four of those games. Milwaukee is a balanced team. They are the top scoring and third best shooting team in the league. They are best in field goal defense limiting opponents to 41.4% shooting. Key injuries for Orlando that can spill into the playoffs as Aaron Gordon is bothered by a hamstring and Evan Fournier is fighting off an illness. Even if they play must worry about some rust. Playoff basketball we get the best from Milwaukee. Play Bucks -11.
Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers NBA Pick Prediction 8/18/2020
Heat vs. Pacers—-NBA free pick is Indiana Pacers +4. Rather take the points in what could be a one possession game in the end. Pacers a good shooting team that sits second in field goal percentage and 47.6%. Heat strength is their three point shooting and the Pacers do the fourth best job in the league defending the perimeter. Heat players were dealing with ailments in the bubble impacting rotational players in Butler, Adebayo, Dragic and Crowder. These are all lower leg variety. Play Indiana +4.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets NBA Pick Prediction 8/18/2020
Thunder vs. Rockets—Free pick is Houston Rockets +1.5. Don’t like giving the Rockets points and especially in the playoffs. There will be no Russell Westbrook but he has an issue with shot selection. This is an area where James Harden shines. This is an experienced team around Harden. Oklahoma City defensive form may take shape later in the series but would rather side with an offense than a defensive minded team early in a playoff series. Rockets play in the fastest pace in the bubble of any team and the Thunder near the bottom is pace. That matters this early in the series. Play Houston +1.5.
Portland Trailblazers vs. LA Lakers NBA Pick Prediction 8/18/2020
Trailblazers vs. Lakers—NBA pick is Portland Trailblazers and LA Lakers to play over the total of 230.5. Portland has razor thin depth as they rely heavily on their starting five to produce points and minutes. As a result, it has created poor defensive play on the other end of the court. Past five games Portland is allowing 50.8% shooting with 46.4% from three point distance. Trailblazers needed everyone one of those games to either qualify or advance to the playoffs. On the bubble there were near the bottom of defensive efficiency allowing 121 points per 100 possession. LA will exploit the Trailblazers lack of defense, but Portland does have effective play offensively to make this high scoring. Play Trailblazers and Lakers over 230.5.