Free NBA Picks For Today 4/16/2021
Indiana Pacers vs. Utah Jazz NBA Pick Prediction 4/16/2021
Pacers at Jazz—NBA pick is Indiana Pacers +10. Pacers have won four of five after their eight point win to Houston. Indiana in that span is shooting 50.4% from the field. Jazz have failed to cover six of nine as they could not separate enough from Oklahoma City to cover. Utah in that period of five games is shooting only 45.1% along with 33.3% from three. In that five game period the Pacers sit second best in offensive efficiency with 119.5 points per 100 possessions. Play Indiana +10.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Detroit Pistons NBA Pick Prediction 4/16/2021
Thunder at Pistons—NBA free pick is Oklahoma City Thunder +7. Detroit is resting their top scorer Jerami Grant and several of their supporting cast. They have a day or rest prior to this game and had two days or rest two games back. Past five games. Detroit is allowing 50.6% shooting along with 38.4% from three. Both teams using patchwork lineups and rather take points here. Play Oklahoma City +7.
LA Clippers vs. Philadelphia 76ers NBA Pick Prediction 4/16/2021
Clippers at 76ers—Free pick is Philadelphia 76ers -2. Clippers dealing with key injuries in this one. Patrick Beverly and Serge Ibaka are out. Also injured is Kawhi Leonard with a foot and is questionable. 76ers shooting form good as in their past five games hitting on 47.2% with 37.5% from three. In that period LAC is allowing 48% shooting. 76ers have won six of eight as they sit number one in defensive efficiency allowing 103.5 points per 100 possessions. Play Philadelphia -2.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Washington Wizards NBA Pick Prediction 4/16/2021
Pelicans at Wizards—NBA pick is New Orleans Pelicans and Washington Wizards to play over the total of 242. Pelicans expect point guard Lonzo Ball to play. Both teams shooting well and defending poorly. Past five games Pelicans shooting 47.2% while giving up 37% along with 39% from three. Wizards in that period making 51.4% with 40% from three but surrendering 48.1% overall. Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook expected to play for the Wizards. In that period of five games bot the Wizards and Pelicans playing at a fast pace. Play New Orleans and Washington over 242.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Brooklyn Nets NBA Pick Prediction 4/16/2021
Hornets at Nets—NBA free pick is Brooklyn Nets -13.5. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant are expected to play in this spot. Brooklyn in their past five games is shooting 49.5% and holding opponents to 45.2%. Charlotte is dealing with cluster injuries. Two of their top three scorers are out in Ball and Hayward. Scorers Graham, Wanamaker, Monk and Washington are listed as day to day. Durant is business on the court and paired with Kyrie you get a strong offensive effort here against a patchwork Hornet lineup. Play Brooklyn -13.5.
Orlando Magic vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Pick Prediction 4/16/2021
Magic at Raptors—Free pick is Toronto Raptors -2. Toronto is sitting a lot from their rotation but scorers VanVleet and Trent are expected to play. Over their past five games there is a huge variance in the net efficiency rating with Toronto at a +1 and the Magic at a -14.2 with their patchwork lineup. See an edge with the Raptors here. Play Toronto -2.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Chicago Bulls NBA Pick Prediction 4/16/2021
Grizzlies at Bulls—NBA pick is Memphis Grizzlies at a pick. Chicago will be without scorer Zack LaVine with COVID protocols. This is a team that has lost and failed to cover four straight suffering losses to the bad teams in Minnesota and Orlando. Bulls defensive form poor as in their past five games allowing 49% shooting. Grizzlies in that period converting on 48.7% along with 39% from beyond the arc. They have covered 12 of 15 sitting eighth in offensive efficiency and 13th on the defensive side. That outperforms Chicago by considerable amount with a Memphis net rating of +4.7 and Bulls at –5.0. Play Memphis at pick.
Denver Nuggets vs. Houston Rockets NBA Pick Prediction 4/16/2021
Nuggets at Rockies—NBA free pick is Denver Nuggets and Houston Rockets to play over the total of 224 points. Houston has gone over in six of their past seven games. Since receiving Wood back in the lineup they have shot the ball better. Past five games Rockets connecting on 46.7% but on defense giving up 49.6% along with 43.2% from beyond the arc. Nuggets have not defended well on the road surrendering 47.2% overall shooting. Offensively Denver should be able to exploit the Rockets defense. In that period of five games they are shooting 47% along with 37% from beyond the arc. Play Denver and Houston over 224.
Miami Heat vs. Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Pick Prediction 4/16/2021
Heat at Timberwolves—Free pick is Miami Heat -6.5. Miami has a day or rest as they look to bounce back after losses at the Suns and Nuggets in back to back games. Their shooting form is good as in their past five games connecting on 47.6%. Timberwolves in awful form as in that period of five games allowing 132 points, 52.3% shooting along with 44.6% from beyond the arc. Their past two home games resulted in losses by 30 to Brooklyn and 25 to Milwaukee. With DeAngelo Russell back with the Timberwolves we have seen their defense get worse. Heat top scorers all healthy. Play Miami -6.5.
Portland Trailblazers vs. San Antonio Spurs NBA Pick Prediction 4/16/2021
Trailblazers at Spurs—NBA pick is Portland Trailblazers -1.5. Portland has rest advantage in this game with two days off for the Spurs who have one day of rest. They just completed a difficulty scheduling stretch and take a step down in the class to face the Spurs. San Antonio in poor defensive form as in their past five games allowing 47.5% shooting along with 37% from three. Spurs have recent losses to Toronto and Cleveland. Guard duo of Lillard and McCollum difference here with two days off between games. Play Portland -1.5.
New York Knicks vs. Dallas Mavericks NBA Pick Prediction 4/16/2021
Knicks at Mavericks—NBA free pick is Dallas Mavericks -5. These teams have a recent meeting two weeks ago at Madison Square Garden with the Mavericks coming away with a 13 point win. Dallas a good perimeter team was able to find open looks and make shots on the Knicks defense. They also looked faster on the court for the loose balls. Knicks bench depth was a bit exposed in that game as well. Dallas went through a difficult scheduling spot of late. They have a notable eight point home win to Utah eleven days ago. Play Dallas -5.