Free NBA Picks For Today 3/18/2021
Utah Jazz vs. Washington Wizards NBA Pick Prediction 3/18/2021
Jazz at Wizards—NBA pick is Washington Wizards +10. Not comfortable laying double digits on a Jazz team in poor defensive form. Past five games Utah is allowing 49.5% shooting with 36% from three point range. Wizards can put up points as in that span scoring 114.6 per game with 46% shooting and 37% from beyond the arc. Utah has failed to cover five of seven. Utah sits near the bottom in defensive efficiency in that period by allowing 119.2 points per 100 possessions. Play Washington +10.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Atlanta Hawks NBA Pick Prediction 3/18/2021
Thunder at Hawks—NBA free pick is Oklahoma City Thunder +7. Not comfortable laying seven here with Atlanta. Hawks could be without two of their top four scorers here as De’Andre Hunter is out and Clint Capela with a heel injury is questionable. OKC in good shooting form as in their past five games hitting on 48% with 38.1% from three. They have covered three of five. Past five games Hawks allowing 114.5 points per 100 possessions and OKC is performing better. Play Oklahoma City +7.
Orlando Magic vs. New York Knicks NBA Pick Prediction 3/18/2021
Magic at Knicks—Free pick is Orlando Magic +7. Knicks are banged up as three of their top five scorers could miss this game. Also, the bench taking a hit with Austin Rivers and Mitchell Robinson will be out. Knicks give up a lot of open looks and have paid for it recently as in their past five games allowing 50.6% with 37.7% from three. Orlando a rested team coming in with three days off. Gordon and Ross have been upgraded to questionable for Orlando here. Fournier also has moved to questionable. Play Orlando +7.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Phoenix Suns NBA Pick Prediction 3/18/2021
Timberwolves at Suns—NBA pick is Minnesota Timberwolves and Phoenix Suns to play over the total of 228 points. Timberwolves have played to over in seven of their past nine games. Past five games they are shooting 49.3% while surrendering 49% to opponents. Suns in questionable defensive form as well as in that span surrendering 47.1% with 37% from three. But Phoenix shooting extremely well in that span at 52.6% with 45.1% from beyond the arc. In that nine game span the Timberwolves sit third last in defensive efficiency by allowing 118.8 points per 100 possessions. Suns sit fourth in offensive efficiency in that period with 118.7 points per 100. Play Timberwolves and Suns over 228.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Portland Trailblazers NBA Pick Prediction 3/18/2021
Pelicans at Trailblazers—NBA free pick is New Orleans Pelicans and Portland Trailblazers to play over the total of 241 points. Second game of a two game series in Portland as the teams combined for 249 points on Monday. CJ McCollum getting his legs back as the Trailblazers got their offensive flowing in the fourth quarter in their win. Current for with Trailblazers in their past five games sees the team shooting 47.3% with 39% from three while giving up 52% and 42% from three. Pelicans have played over in 19 of 22 games. In that five game span they are shooting 49% while giving up 47%. Month of March Trailblazers tops in offensive efficiency with 122.2 points per 100 possessions. They are near the bottom defensively at 119.3 per 100. Timberwolves defensively also near the bottom at 119.2 per 100. Play New Orleans and Portland over 241.
Charlotte Hornets vs. LA Lakers NBA Pick Prediction 3/18/2021
Hornets at Lakers—Free pick is Charlotte Hornets and LA Lakers to play over the total of 227.5. Charlotte has defended poorly on the road this year as they are surrendering 48.5% from the floor going over in 14 of 18. In their loss to the Nuggets the Hornets allowed 129 points and 58% shooting. LA has put up 120 or greater in three of four games. Looking at their past five games they are shooting 53.8% with 40.6% from three while surrendering 49.3% and 37% from three to opponents. They have gone over in three of five with one push. In those give games the Lakers are second in offensive efficiency with 125.3 points per 100 possessions. Hornets near the bottom in the league in defensive efficiency on the road giving up 114.5 points per 100 possessions. Play Charlotte and LA over 227.5.