Free NBA Picks For Today 1/18/2021
Orlando Magic vs. New York Knicks NBA Pick Prediction 1/18/2021
Magic at Knicks—NBA pick is Orlando Magic and New York Knicks over the total of 206.5 points. Both teams hit with injuries. Magic defensive form has been poor as in their past five games allowing 52.2% shooting and 44.2% from three point range. Past five games Knicks in back to back games are allowing an average of 109.5 points per game which is five points above overall average. Play Magic and Knicks over 206.5.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Atlanta Hawks NBA Pick Prediction 1/18/2021
Timberwolves at Hawks—NBA free pick is Minnesota Timberwolves +8. Minnesota does play with rest advantage having last played on Wednesday. Atlanta injuries have impacted team performance as they have lost six of their past seven. They played their third game in four nights after losses at Utah and Portland. Play Timberwolves +8.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Portland Trailblazers NBA Pick Prediction 1/18/2021
Spurs at Trailblazers—Free pick is San Antonio Spurs -1. Tough news for the Trailblazers. They are without rotational players CJ McCollum, Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins to injuries. Portland sits near the bottom of the NBA in defensive efficiency as they allow 113 points per 100 possessions. Spurs have won and covered two of three after a twelve point home at home to Houston. Play Spurs -1.
Phoenix Suns vs. Memphis Grizzlies NBA Pick Prediction 1/18/2021
Suns at Grizzlies—NBA pick is Phoenix Suns -3. Lost of rest of the Suns having last played on January 11th at Washington. Team has won six of their past nine. Ja Morant is back but the Grizzlies sit near the bottom of the NBA from the three point line. Suns a good shooting team that makes free throws sitting second in the league. Play Suns -3.
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Brooklyn Nets NBA Pick Prediction 1/18/2021
Bucks at Nets—NBA free pick is Brooklyn Nets +2.5. Harden and Durant play their second game together in this high profile game. Harden is difficult to defend and teams are still figuring out how to defend the Nets with Harden on the team. Bucks will have to work hard on defense and the question is whether they can continue those strong three point shooting. Milwaukee three point defense has been poor this year surrendering 37%. Play Nets +2.5.
Golden St Warriors vs. LA Lakers NBA Pick Prediction 1/18/2021
Warriors at Lakers—Free pick is LA Lakers -9. Warriors road defensive has been poor as the team is surrendering 47% shooting. Lakers will be focused here because the Warriors past success. LA is number one in the NBA in defensive efficiency holding teams to 103.9 points per 100 possessions. They are among the leaders in offensive efficiency while the Warriors near the bottom. Past five games Golden St shooting only 43.9%. Play Lakers -9.
Detroit Pistons vs. Miami Heat NBA Pick Prediction 1/18/2021
Pistons at Heat—NBA pick is Detroit Pistons +5.5. Detroit won the first meeting by 20 back on Saturday behind 51% shooting. Heat have been hit hard injuries and COVID protocols. Missing could be Butler, Adebayo, Leonard, Bradley Dragic, Herro and Okpala. Detroit relatively healthy will put on the court, Rose, Griffin, Ellington, Grant and Plumlee. Not only does the Heat suffer offensively missing a cluster of stars but the defense an issue as well. Play Detroit +5.5.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Pick Prediction 1/18/2021
Mavericks at Raptors—NBA free pick is Dallas Mavericks +5. It is a back to back for the Mavericks. The do have some rotational players sitting here including Porzingis who may rest in a back to back. As a team the Mavs have show a good ability to defend holding opponents to 44.5% with 31.4% from three. Toronto has lost four of twelve and failed to cover three of nine. They could not generate enough separation on Charlotte to cover their previous game all at home. Playing in Tampa Bay does not create enough of a spark for the Raptors. They sit near the bottom of the NBA in shooting hitting only 43.9%. Play Mavericks +5.
Houston Rockets vs. Chicago Bulls NBA Pick Prediction 1/18/2021
Rockets at Bulls—Free pick is Chicago Bulls +1.5. Chicago on a back to back after a 16 point win at Dallas. Issue with the Rockets are their health. John Wall will not play. Many rotational players for Houston may sit or play through slight injuries. Bulls firepower with LaVine, Markkanen, White, Porter and company are healthy will be the difference here. Play Chicago +1.5.