Free NBA Picks For Today 4/18/2021
Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks NBA Pick Prediction 4/18/2021
Pacers at Hawks—NBA pick is Indiana Pacers +4.5. Indiana has covered two straight. Past five games they are shooting 46.3%. Their top three scorers in Brogdon, Sabonis and LeVert all healthy. Hawks missing many from their rotation to injury in Hunter, Collins, Gallinari and Reddish all out. Atlanta defensive form poor as in that period of five days allowing 49% shooting. They sit 22nd in defensive efficiency in that period by allowing 115.6 points per 100 possessions. Play Indiana +4.5.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. New York Knicks NBA Pick Prediction 4/18/2021
Pelicans at Knicks—NBA free pick is New York Knicks -2.5. Knicks have won five straight and covered eight straight. In their past five games Knicks are shooting 46.1% and 38.1% from three point range. Pelicans have been struggling to make their three pointers at 24.8% in that period of five games. New Orleans has failed to cover seven of ten as they sit third worst in offensive efficiency with 105.7 points per 100 possessions. Knicks 11th with 113.3. Play New York -2.5.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Miami Heat NBA Pick Prediction 4/18/2021
Nets at Heat—Free pick is Brooklyn Nets -5.5. Heat dealing with injury concerns as Jimmy Butler with a sprained ankle is questionable and Victor Oladipo is out. Nets shooting form outstanding as in their past five games hitting on 51.6% with 38.6% from three point range. Heat in poor defensive form as in that span of five games allowing 49% along with 37% from three point range. Durant and Irving will be in the lineup. Miami has failed to cover five of six and dropped their final three games on the road trip. First home game for Heat with one day of rest after a four game trip out west. In that six game period the Heat sit near the bottom in defensive efficiency allowing 117.2 points per 100 possessions. They are also near the bottom on the offensive side. Play Brooklyn -5.5.
Houston Rockets vs. Orlando Magic NBA Pick Prediction 4/18/2021
Rockets at Magic—NBA pick is Houston Rockets -1. Will take the better shooting team who has the best player on the court in Christian Wood. Past five games Houston is showing 47% from the floor while the Magic connecting only 43.8% along with 30% from three. Magic has lost seven of eight as they sit last in defensive efficiency giving up 122.7 points per 100 possessions and second last on the offensive side scoring 105 per 100. Rockets performing slightly better defensively but greater on the offensive side. Net rating for the Magic -17.8 and Rockets -9.8. Wide variance here. Play Houston -1.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Pick Prediction 4/18/2021
Thunder at Raptors—NBA free pick is Toronto Raptors -11.5. Raptors getting many of their starters back here but VanVleet is listed as day to day. Past five games Raptors are shooting 49.6% with 39% from three and defending holding opponents to 44.1%. Thunder a patch work team sitting Horford and Alexander. In that period of five games, they are shooting only 44.1% while surrendering 47.5%. OKC has failed to cover 11 of 13 as they are averaging 98.3 points per 100 possessions worst in the league. On the defensive side the Thunder is surrendering 118 per 100 which is second worst in the league. In that period Raptors eighth best on the defensive side allowing 108.9 per 100 possessions. OKC net rating -19.2 with Toronto at +2.3. Huge variance game. Play Toronto -11.5.
Portland Trailblazers vs. Charlotte Hornets NBA Pick Prediction 4/18/2021
Trailblazers at Hornets—Free pick is Portland Trailblazers -5. Portland will be without Damian Lillard with a hamstring injury but the Charlotte Hornets are dealing with cluster injuries to their rotation as five of their top six scorers are out. Hornets have lost four straight as they sit near the bottom in offensive efficiency with 106.7 points per 100 possessions and fifth from the bottom on defense. Portland performing much better. Play Trailblazers -5.
Sacramento Kings vs. Dallas Mavericks NBA Pick Prediction 4/18/2021
Kings at Mavericks—NBA pick is Sacramento Kings and Dallas Mavericks to play over the total of 230 points. Past five games Kings are surrendering 120.6 points per game along with 52% shooting. Mavericks defense has been lacking as in that period allowing 47.5% along with 40.1% from three point range. Dallas will be healthy for this game. Buddy Hield off the injured list for the Kings. Past five games Sacramento sits near the bottom in defensive efficiency allowing 117 points per 100 possessions with the Mavericks surrendering 116 per 100. Play Dallas and Sacramento over 230.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. LA Clippers NBA Pick Prediction 4/18/2021
Timberwolves at Clippers—NBA free pick is Minnesota Timberwolves +8.5. Karl Anthony Towns and DeAngelo Russell are not on the injury report for the Timberwolves and that is key here. Past five games Clippers are allowing 46.3% shooting and will be playing their first home game after a trip back east. LAC dealing with injuries at Patrick Beverly and Serge Ibaka are out. Kawhi Leonard has a foot injury and is questionable here. Leonard has been out four games and in that period the Clippers sit 18th in defensive efficiency by allowing 112.2 points per 100 possessions. Play Minnesota +8.5.