Free NBA Picks For Today 2/1/2021
LA Lakers vs. Atlanta Hawks NBA Pick Prediction 2/1/2021
Lakers at Hawks—NBA pick is LA Lakers and Atlanta Hawks to play under the total of 218.5. Lakers have gone under in five of their six on this road trip. LA leads the league in defensive efficiency holding opponents to 104 points per 100 possessions. They also play at a slow pace. Atlanta is a team that has shown improvement on the defensive end holding opponents to 44.3% ranking third and 32.1% from three good for second best in the NBA. Play Lakers and Hawks under 218.5.
Sacramento Kings vs. New Orleans Pelicans NBA Pick Prediction 2/1/2021
Kings at Pelicans—NBA free pick is Sacramento Kings +3.5. Kings have covered four straight after a one point loss to the Heat. They can hang in games with their shooting as they are connecting on 47.5% from the floor along with 38% from beyond the arc. Pelicans do not defend the three point shot well surrendering 38.2%. They were just pounded by 14 at home to Houston on Saturday. Pelicans commit a high number of turnovers averaging 15.5 per 100 possessions. Kings are seventh in offensive efficiency during this run of four straight covers. Play Sacramento +3.5.
Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Pick Prediction 2/1/2021
Rockets at Thunder—Free pick is Houston Rockets -4.5. Five straight wins by the Rockets. Since coming over to Houston the Rockets sit number one in defensive efficiency holding opponents to 102 points per 100 possessions. All top scorers for the Rockets are healthy in Wood, Oladipo, Gordon and Wall. OKC has struggled to shoot the basketball. They sit near the bottom of the NBA in offensive efficiency with 105 points per 100 possessions. OKC defense in poor form as in their past five games allowing 47.5% shooting. Play Rockets -4.5.
New York Knicks vs. Chicago Bulls NBA Pick Prediction 2/1/2021
Knicks at Bulls—NBA pick is New York Knicks +4. Chicago was not able to outscore a depleted Portland team giving up 123 points. Just can’t ignore the Bulls defense which in their past five games allowing 50% shooting. Knicks have covered five of seven prior to their loss to the LA Clippers on Sunday. It is a step down in class facing the Bulls here. It is a back to back for the Knicks but their defense held opponents to 101 points in this spot. New York plays at the slowest pace in the league. Play New York +4.
Portland Trailblazers vs. Milwaukee Bucks NBA Pick Prediction 2/1/2021
Trailblazers at Bucks—NBA free pick is Portland Trailblazers and Milwaukee Bucks to play over the total of 233.5. Milwaukee not playing elite defense. Past five games they are allowing 118 points and 46.4% shooting. Since CJ McCollum left the lineup to injury the defense has been poor for the Trailblazers as they are second last in defensive efficiency surrendering 121 points per 100 possessions. Bucks offense number one in efficiency with 118 points per 100 possession. Play Milwaukee and Portland over 233.5.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. San Antonio Spurs NBA Pick Prediction 2/1/2021
Grizzlies at Spurs—Free pick is Memphis Grizzlies +3.5. Ja Morant is back in the lineup healthy and the team has responded with three straight wins and now carry a six game win streak. During this streak the Grizzlies sit second in offensive efficiency holding teams to 104 points per 100 possessions. Spurs defense an issue like it was last season. Past five games San Antonio surrendering 48.2% shooting. Play Grizzlies +3.5.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Miami Heat NBA Pick Prediction 2/1/2021
Heat at Hornets—NBA pick is Charlotte Hornets +6.5. Miami will have Jimmy Butler but have several rotational players either out or questionable with various ailments. Heat has failed to cover four straight as they pick up a one point win against Sacramento. Charlotte has covered nine of their past thirteen. They have won two straight with wins against Milwaukee and Indiana. Past five games Hornets are shooting 39% from three. In that span Heat making only 42% and allowing 38% from beyond the arc. Play Charlotte +6.5.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Pick Prediction 2/1/2021
Timberwolves at Cavaliers—NBA free pick is Minnesota Timberwolves +4.5. A rematch games as these teams met Saturday in Minnesota with the Timberwolves posting the 109-104 win. Cavaliers have lost four of five. Issue is the defense as in that five game stretch the Cavs are surrendering nearly 49% shooting and second last in offensive efficiency scoring only 103 points per 100 possessions. Minnesota playing better than that. Play Timberwolves +4.5.
Phoenix vs. Dallas NBA Pick Prediction 2/1/2021
Suns at Mavericks—Free pick is Phoenix Suns +3. No Devin Booker in the lineup on Saturday and the Suns still win 111-105 for their second straight win. Dallas has lost and failed to cover five straight. It has been the bad defense for the Mavericks as in that losing streak giving up 48% shooting, 42% from three and 122 points per 100 possessions ranking last in NBA defensive efficiency. Play Suns +3.
Detroit Pistons vs. Denver Nuggets NBA Pick Prediction 2/1/2021
Pistons at Nuggets—NBA pick is Denver Nuggets -8. It is a back to back for the Nuggets but in three back to back spots the Nuggets have averaged 116 points covering two of three. Denver a strong offense hitting on 48.3% with 38.4% from three. They have covered five of six averaging 117 points per 100 possessions which is near the top of the league. Defense has been good in that span in the top ten in efficiency. Detroit second last in shooting hitting only 42.9%. Defensively bad too as the Pistons surrendering 48% with 39.2% from three They