Free NBA Picks For Today 8/20/2020
Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers NBA Pick Prediction 8/20/2020
Heat vs. Pacers—NBA pick is Indiana Pacers +4.5. Pacers looking to avoid that 0-2 hole in a neutral court series. This is an Indiana team that has shot the ball well during the season and made 47% from the floor and 42% from three in the opener. Word is Victor Oladipo confident to play on Thursday. They have covered 17 of 29 following a loss this year so a good bounce back team. Pacers did show good defense their past five games. Second best on defensive efficiency on the bubble. Rather take the points here. Play Indiana +4.5.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets NBA Pick Prediction 8/20/2020
Thunder vs. Rockets—NBA free pick is Houston Rockets -2.5. Without Russell Westbrook the Rockets came out with a strong performance in the opener in their 15 point win. They shot 48.3% from the floor with 38.5% from three getting strong contributions from Harden, Gordon and Green. McLemore was strong off the bench. Westbrook has his struggles shooting threes and with shot selection. OKC third worst in offensive efficiency in the bubble. Play Houston -2.5.
Orlando Magic vs. Milwaukee Bucks NBA Pick Prediction 8/20/2020
Magic vs. Bucks—Free pick is Orlando Magic +12.5. Not comfortable laying this many points on a neutral court playoff game. Magic steal Game 1 of this series behind a 49% shooting performance and 39% from three. Bucks defense and offense fell off significantly playing in the bubble. Once near the top they sat in the middle in efficiency on both ends of the court. Play Magic +12.5.
Portland Trailblazers vs. LA Lakers NBA Pick Prediction 8/20/2020
Trailblazers vs. Lakers—NBA pick is Portland Trailblazers +6.5. Portland is the number one team in offensive efficiency in the bubble. Lakers trouble is they can’t make the three point shot. They now have failed to cover six straight and eight of nine in the bubble. Also have to wonder if Lebron with a groin and Anthony Davis with his knee a 100% healthy. Portland’s good shooting keeps them within this number as the Lakers will have trouble covering big lines with bad three point shooting. Play Trailblazers +6.5.