Free NBA Picks For Today 8/23/2020
Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers NBA Pick Prediction 8/23/2020
Celtics vs. 76ers— NBA pick is Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers to play under the total of 213. Boston up 3-0 in this series on their strength of their defense. They have held the 76ers to 38.4% shooting. Philadelphia is without their key guard Ben Simmons in this series. Celtics have lost some scoring punch with Gordon Hayward who is out with an ankle. On the year the Celtics are second best in the league in defending the three point shot and fourth best in overall field goal defense. Play Celtics and 76ers under 213.
LA Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks NBA Pick Prediction 8/23/2020
Clippers vs. Mavericks—NBA free pick is Dallas Mavericks +8.5. Expect a bounce back from the Mavericks in this Game 4 to avoid a 3-1 deficit. Both Mavericks losses in this series have been by eight points and they have a 13 point win in the second game. LAC could be without their strong defensive point guard Patrick Beverly who is listed as doubtful with a calf injury. In this series Clippers are allowing 119.7 points per game and 48.8% shooting to the Mavericks. Until the Clips can tighten defensively can’t lay this big number. Play Dallas +8.5.
Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets NBA Pick Prediction 8/23/2020
Raptors at Nets—Free pick is Toronto Raptors -12.5. Brooklyn is facing elimination here and will leave the bubble with a loss. This team was scraped together late as many of the Nets stars opted out of the bubble. As a result, this inexperienced Nets team are lost defensively allowing open looks left and right. In this series the Raptors are shooting 47.1% while limiting Brooklyn to only 39.7% shooting. Average margin of victory for Toronto in this series is 18 points. Toronto must take this opportunity to make open shots because it gets harder following this series. Raptors take this one seriously to prepare for a possible series with Boston. Play Toronto -12.5.
Denver Nuggets vs. Utah Jazz NBA Pick Prediction 8/23/2020
Nuggets at Jazz—NBA pick is Utah Jazz -3. Denver is without key contributors Will Barton and Gary Harris to injuries. They were the worst defensive team in the bubble. Now they are the worst playoff team as they are surrendering 131.3 points per 100 possessions. Both Barton and Harris rank well individually in defensive efficiency. Nuggets in the series surrendering 124.3 points and 50% shooting. Jazz with two games in had their best defensive performance in this series limiting Denver to 37.5% shooting. With no improvement from Denver defensively with the defense getting worse by each passing game have to lay the small number here. Play Utah -3.