Free NBA Picks For Today 1/8/2021
Phoenix Suns vs. Detroit Pistons NBA Pick Prediction 1/8/2021
Suns at Pistons—NBA pick is Phoenix Suns -6.5. Detroit off to a 1-7 start. They sit near the bottom of the league in the defensive efficiency ratings where they surrender 115.4 points per 100 possessions. Suns have won and covered six of eight. Very good shooting team hitting on 47.1% with 39.1% from three. This year they are playing defense tenth best in defensive efficiency. Pistons second worst shooting team in the league hitting on only 42.8% and opponents hit nearly 51% on Detroit. Play Phoenix -6.5.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New York Knicks NBA Pick Prediction 1/8/2021
Thunder at Knicks—NBA free pick is Oklahoma City Thunder +3. OKC has won and covered two of their past three. This is a roster built to defend. Still not comfortable to lay this many points with the Knicks. Thunder made good showings on their recent road wins to the Magic and Pelicans all as underdogs. Respect the improvement of New York but rather take points. Play OKC +3.
Charlotte Hornets vs. New Orleans Pelicans NBA Pick Prediction 1/8/2021
Hornets at Pelicans—Free pick is Charlotte Hornets +6.5. Tough to back an inconsistent Pelicans team that has failed to cover five of eight. Pelicans a poor shooting team hitting on 45% and 31% from three which is worst in the league. They also struggle from the perimeter. Charlotte does defend the perimeter and come off a win to Atlanta. Play Hornets +6.5.
Washington Wizards vs. Boston Celtics NBA Pick Prediction 1/8/2021
Wizards at Celtics—NBA pick is Boston Celtics -5.5. Celtics playing well as their win streak is up to three after their two point win at Miami. They have depth and getting good production from rookie Payton Pritchard. Celtics shoot 48% from the floor along with 39.4% from three point range. Wizards a bad defensive team as they are allowing 49.7% from the floor along with 40.3% from beyond the arc. They are near the bottom on the league in defensive efficiency by allowing 115.1 points per 100 possessions. Play Boston -5.5.
Orlando Magic vs. Houston Rockets NBA Pick Prediction 1/8/2021
Magic at Rockets—NBA pick is Orlando Magic +5.5. Orlando off to a fine start winning and covering six of their eight games. They do defend the perimeter holding opponents to 32.3% from the three point line. They are fifth best in the NBA in defensive efficiency. Rockets not a good defensive team surrendering 46.5% from the floor along with 39.2% from beyond the arc. A bottom third team in defensive efficiency surrendering 113 points per 100 possessions. Play Magic +5.5.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Memphis Grizzlies NBA Pick Prediction 1/8/2021
Nets at Grizzlies—NBA free pick is Brooklyn Nets and Memphis Grizzlies to play under the total of 222 points. Memphis an offensively challenged team now with the injury to Ja Morant. He will be out until February. Grizzlies also dealing with key rotational injuries. Nets are on a back to back playing their third game in four nights after their home win to Philadelphia. Brooklyn hits the road after a six game home stand. They have played under in both of their road games. Memphis on a back to back held to 90 points in a loss to Cleveland at home. Four straight unders and under in six of their past seven. Play Grizzlies and Nets under 222.
Utah Jazz vs. Milwaukee Bucks NBA Pick Prediction 1/8/2021
Jazz at Bucks—NBA free pick is Utah Jazz +6. Road trip opened nicely for the Jazz with a win to the Spurs. But now back to back bad losses to the Nets and Knicks so the Jazz looking for a bounce back. There is a lot of talent on that court for Utah and they are relatively healthy. Milwaukee has not been pushed the past three games blowing out the Pistons twice and the Bulls. In step up games the Bucks did not cover to the Heat, Knicks and Celtics. Jazz are competitive here. Play Utah +6.
Toronto Raptors vs. Sacramento Kings NBA Pick Prediction 1/8/2021
Raptors at Kings—Free pick is Sacramento Kings +5. Raptors fell to 1-6 straight up and to the spread following their seven point loss at Phoenix on Wednesday. Toronto is the worst shooting team in the NBA as they connect only 42.2% from the floor and near the bottom from three at 34.2%. Kings are home where they perform better coming off a four point win to the Bulls after a road trip. Play Sacramento +5.
LA Clippers vs. Golden St Warriors NBA Pick Prediction 1/8/2021
Clippers at Warriors—NBA pick is LA Clippers -4.5. Clippers injury report looks clean for the finale of this two game series with the Warriors. LA won the first game 108-101. LAC a strong shooting team converting on 47% with 41% from three. Warriors don’t shoot nearly as well at 44% and 34% from beyond the arc. Stephen Curry is listed on the injury report with an ankle injury that has him questionable. Clippers have covered four of five on the road. Play LAC -4.5.