Free NBA Picks For Today 2/17/2021
Portland Trailblazers vs. New Orleans Pelicans NBA Pick Prediction 2/17/2021
Trailblazers at Pelicans—NBA pick is Portland Trailblazers and New Orleans Pelicans to play over the total of 236.5. As the Pelicans took on Memphis on Tuesday night the team had played to over the total in 13 of their past 15 with one push. Past five games Pelicans shooting 50.2% while giving up 51.2% and 44.5% from three point range. Trailblazers in that span making 40.3% from three and allowing nearly 47% shooting. With CJ McCollum out the Trailblazers sit near the bottom in defensive efficiency surrendering 117.4 points per 100 possessions in those thirteen games. They are scoring 117 per 100 on offense. Pelicans defense in that same period also near the bottom in defensive efficiency surrendering 119 points per 100 possessions while scoring on offense 119. Play Pelicans and Trailblazers over 236.5.
New York Knicks vs. Orlando Magic NBA Pick Prediction 2/17/2021
Knicks at Magic—NBA free pick is Orlando Magic and New York Knicks to play under the total of 209.5. Four of the top six scorers for the Magic are out with injuries. They were held to 90 points to close their road trip to the Suns. Orlando is already the worst shooting team in the league converting only 42.9%. Knicks best in the league in scoring, field goal and three point defense. Past five games Orlando shooting only 41.5% with the Knicks defense holding teams to 40.7%. Play New York and Orlando under 209.5.
Denver Nuggets vs. Washington Wizards NBA Pick Prediction 2/17/2021
Nuggets at Wizards—Free pick is Denver Nuggets and Washington Wizards to play over the total of 231. Nuggets have been a poor defensive team on the road as they surrender 48.3% shooting to their opponents. Denver has gone over in six of their past eight road games with the exception coming against the Lakers and Celtics. Now they battle a bad defensive team in Washington who sits near the bottom in efficiency. Wizards do play at the fastest pace in the league. Play Nuggets and Wizards over 231.
Houston Rockets vs. Philadelphia 76ers NBA Pick Prediction 2/17/2021
Rockets at 76ers—NBA pick is Philadelphia 76ers -11. Houston will be without three of their top four scorers with Wood, Oladipo and Gordon missing the game to injuries. PJ Tucker averages 30 minutes per game and is questionable. Joel Embiid has been upgraded to probable for this game. Rockets have lost and failed to cover six straight sitting last in offensive efficiency with 101.8 points per 100 possession and near the bottom defensively. 76ers a good home team. Play Philadelphia -11.
Atlanta Hawks vs. Boston Celtics NBA Pick Prediction 2/17/2021
Hawks at Celtics—NBA free pick is Boston Celtics -3. Celtics responded with a 13 point home win to Denver on Tuesday. Boston is averaging 7 points above average in back to back games and have good depth to handle these spots. Hawks have lost seven of eight surrendering 120 points per 100 possessions. Past five games the team is surrendering 49.3% shooting with 40.2% from beyond the arc. Celtics defending better. Play Celtics -3.
Indiana Pacers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Pick Prediction 2/17/2021
Pacers at Timberwolves—Free pick is Indiana Pacers -5.5. Minnesota on a back to back after their loss to the Lakers. They will be without scorer DeAngelo Russell. Pacers the team in better defensive form as in their past five games surrendering 43.8% shooting and 29.7% from three. Timberwolves defense continues to be poor as in that span allowing 49.2% with 38.2% from beyond the arc. In back to backs the Timberwolves scoring four points below overall average. Play Pacers -5.5.
Miami Heat vs. Golden St Warriors NBA Pick Prediction 2/17/2021
Heat at Warriors—NBA pick is Miami Heat and Golden St Warriors to play under the total of 226 points. Warriors have shown improvement on the defensive end as in their past five games holding opponents to 42% shooting sitting number one in defensive efficiency in that span. Heat have defended well in that span and playing at a slow pace. Play Heat and Warriors under 226.
Utah Jazz vs. LA Clippers NBA Pick Prediction 2/17/2021
Jazz at Clippers—NBA free pick is Utah Jazz -4.5. Not going to get in front of this Jazz team. LAC will be without Paul George. Kawhi Leonard and Nicolas Batum are both questionable with injuries. That is three of the top six scorers for the Clippers. Jazz have covered 18 of 20. Issue with the Clippers is they are not playing at a high level defensively as in their past five games allowing 47.2% shooting. Jazz in that span connecting on nearly 48% and holding teams to 44.1%. Play Jazz -4.5.
Detroit Pistons vs. Chicago Bulls NBA Pick Prediction 2/17/2021
Pistons at Bulls—Free pick is Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls to play over the total of 220 points. Pistons are shooting well in their past five games hitting 49.1% with 38.4% from three point range. Defense has been bad as they are surrendering 49.2%. Bulls have gone over in three straight. They play at the third fastest pace in the league. Bulls will battle a Pistons defense without Blake Griffin in the paint. Bulls have three of their top four scorers in the lineup and have depth as they play a lot of guys. Play Chicago and Detroit over 220.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies NBA Pick Prediction 2/17/2021
Thunder at Grizzlies—NBA pick is Oklahoma City Thunder and Memphis Grizzlies to play over the total of 224.5. Both teams on back to backs. Grizzlies defensive form bad as in their past five games allowing 54.4% shooting with 40.1% from three. OKC defense has slipped as well in that span allowing 46%. Grizzlies have been dealing with injuries to their supporting cast round Ja Morant and have suffered on the defensive end. Offense hasn’t slipped as in that span hitting 48.5% along with 41.4% from three. In back to back games OKC over in all four and Grizzlies over in all two. Thunder is surrendering eight points above overall average and Grizzlies giving up 10 points more than average. Play Thunder and Grizzlies over 224.5.