Free NBA Picks For Today 3/16/2021
Utah Jazz vs. Boston Celtics NBA Pick Prediction 3/16/2021
Jazz at Celtics—NBA pick is Boston Celtics +5. The Celtics spark plug defensively Marcus Smart has returned to the lineup. He helped lead the team to a 27 point win to the Rockets. Past five games Boston is shooting 51.2% from the field with 41.7% from three. Utah has failed to cover four straight after their 12 point loss at Utah. Jazz in poor form as in their past five games surrendering 49% shooting with 37.5% from beyond the arc. During those four games the Jazz sit 20th in defensive efficiency surrendering 115 points per 100 possessions. In that time period Celtics first in offensive efficiency at 124.2 per 100. Play Boston +5.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Chicago Bulls NBA Pick Prediction 3/16/2021
Thunder at Bulls—NBA free pick is Chicago Bulls -5. Oklahoma City could be without four of their top five scorers in this game. This is the front end of a back to back and Al Horford will be held out for this game and possibly others who are on their injury report. Bulls do come off the 23 point home win to Toronto. They have gotten healthier with the return of Lauri Markkanen. OKC is challenged offensively sitting 23rd in shooting and 27th in the league from three. Play Chicago -5.
Atlanta Hawks vs. Houston Rockets NBA Pick Prediction 3/16/2021
Hawks at Rockets—NBA pick is Atlanta Hawks -7.5. Rockets are a mess. They have lost 16 straight failing to cover 14 of those games. Nine straight losses have come by double digits. Past five games Houston shooting 39.7% with 30.2% from three and surrendering 52% along with 40.6% from beyond the arc. Hawks in that span of games making 39.5% from three while holding teams to 41.5% along with 31.5% from beyond the arc. Atlanta has won five straight. Houston dealing with cluster injuries. John Wall and Eric Gordon are out. PJ Tucker wants a trade. In those nine straight double digit losses the Rockets sit last in offensive efficiency with 99 points per 100 possessions and third last defensively with 118.4 per 100. Hawks tenth in that period offensively and top half of league defensively. Play Atlanta -7.5.
New York Knicks vs. Philadelphia 76ers NBA Pick Prediction 3/16/2021
Knicks at 76ers—Free pick is Philadelphia 76ers -7. Philadelphia has won and covered seven of their past eight after their 35 point home win to San Antonio on Sunday. 76ers in great shooting form as in their past five games shooting 54.2% with 41.3% from three. Knicks are on a back to back playing at Brooklyn on Monday. They have been shaky defensively as in that span of five games allowing 48.8% shooting with 37.2% from three. Knicks have struggled against the top tier teams on their schedule. In those eight games the 76ers sits best in defensive efficiency by surrendering 102.9 points per 100 possessions. Knicks in that period sits 20th in defensive efficiency. Play 76ers -7.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Miami Heat NBA Pick Prediction 3/16/2021
Cavaliers at Heat—College basketball free pick is Cleveland Cavaliers +10.5. Cleveland had showed promise hitting the All Star Break winning four of five with five covers. Slow start since the All Star Break. They have defended the three point line effectively. Heat is still without Bradley and Adebayo. Herro and Vincent is probable. Heat has struggled covering huge numbers failing on nine of thirteen laying -5 or greater. Miami shooting form not good as in their past five games hitting 43.9% with 31% from three. Play Cavaliers +10.5.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Portland Trailblazers NBA Pick Prediction 3/16/2021
Pelicans at Trailblazers—Free pick is Portland Trailblazers -1. New Orleans has been a poor road team dropping 12 of 17. Away from home the Pelicans are surrendering 48.4% shooting. Portland a winning team at home at 11-7. Overall, they have won four of six. CJ McCollum is expected to return on Tuesday. The talented guard gives the Trailblazers the lift they need in this spot. Play Portland -1.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. LA Lakers NBA Pick Prediction 3/16/2021
Timberwolves at Lakers—NBA free pick is Minnesota Timberwolves +9. Minnesota has covered three straight after their two point home win to Portland on Sunday. Past five games Timberwolves are shooting 46.3% while holding teams to 32.8% from three. They do have rest advantage in this spot. Lakers on a back to back after facing the Warriors on the road Monday. They do allow five greater points than overall average in back to back games. LA is dealing with depth issues with Dudley and Gasol out. Caruso and Kuzma status are also in question. Play Minnesota +9.