Free NBA Picks For Today 4/23/2021
Miami Heat vs. Atlanta Hawks NBA Pick Prediction 4/23/2021
Heat at Hawks—NBA pick is Miami Heat -5. Hawks will be without Trae Young as he will miss at least two games with a high ankle sprain. They are dealing with injuries to the rotations as out are Hunter, Reddish and Gallinari. Clint Capela is questionable with a back injury. Heat has won and covered three straight following their 20 point win at San Antonio on Wednesday. Past five games Heat are connecting on 47.4% from the floor along with 40.8% from three range. Play Miami -5.
Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets NBA Pick Prediction 4/23/2021
Celtics at Nets—NBA free pick is Boston Celtics +5.5. Boston on a back to back after their 13 point home win to Phoenix. Not concerned about the spot for the Celtics because they use their roster and distribute minutes. Also, they had two days off prior to their home win to Phoenix facing no travel. Kevin Durant is questionable with a thigh contusion and James Harden is out. Defensive form poor for the Nets as in their past five games allowing 49.5% shooting along with 39.2% from three. Celtics have won seven of eight. In that period the team sits eighth in defensive efficiency allowing 107.4 points per 100 possessions. Nets are 19th surrendering 113.4 per 100. Play Boston +5.5.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Charlotte Hornets NBA Pick Prediction 4/23/2021
Cavaliers at Hornets—Free pick is Cleveland Cavaliers +1. Charlotte on a back to back after their 17 point road defeat at Chicago. Cavs have rest advantage after their 16 point home win on Wednesday to the Bulls. Like to back Cleveland when Collin Sexton is the best player on the court in these battle between losing teams. That is the case here. Charlotte dealing with cluster injuries to Hayward, Monk and Ball. In spots with no rust this is where the lack of scorers hurt the most. Play Cleveland +1.
LA Clippers vs. Houston Rockets NBA Pick Prediction 4/23/2021
Clippers at Rockets—NBA pick is Houston Rockets +11.5. Christian Wood is not on the injury report and will play for Houston on Friday. Rockets have shown improvement in their offense when Wood returned. Clippers dealing with injuries as out are Leonard, Beverly and Ibaka. Rather take the points here with the Rockets. Play Houston +11.5.
Washington Wizards vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Pick Prediction 4/23/2021
Wizards at Thunder—NBA free pick is Washington Wizards -9. Wizards have covered eight of their past ten games with one push. Over their past five games Washington is shooting 49% from the floor and holding opponents to only 42.8%. OKC is without their leading scorers in Alexander and Horford as they look to younger players. In that ten game period the Thunder have lost all ten games sitting last in offensive efficiency with 100.6 points per 100 possessions. There is a wide variance in net rating in that period with the Wizards at +4.2 and the Thunder at -15.7. Remarkably the Wizards rank first in defensive efficiency in that ten game period. Play Washington -9.
Denver Nuggets vs. Golden St Warriors NBA Pick Prediction 4/23/2021
Nuggets at Warriors—NBA pick is Golden St Warriors +3. Eleven days ago the Warriors beat Denver by 11 on the road. Past five games Warriors are shooting 48.3% with 41.4% from three point range. In that span the Nuggets defense surrendering 48% along with 38% from beyond the arc. Issue for Denver is they are down two point guards with the injuries to Murray and Monte Morris. Guarding Stephen Curry will be a challenge to the Nuggets here. Warriors have won and covered five of seven as they sit second in defensive efficiency allowing 105 points per 100 possessions. Denver is 17th allowing 113 per 100. Play Golden St +3.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Portland Trailblazers NBA Pick Prediction 4/23/2021
Grizzlies at Trailblazers—NBA free pick is Memphis Grizzlies +3.5. Only Valanciunas sits on the injury report for the Grizzlies. That is the cleanest list for Memphis in a long time. Past five games they are shooting 49.3% along with 40.8% from three. They have covered 11 of 14 and look to make amends after an embarrassing loss to the Clippers. Portland has lost five of six. Their defensive form poor as in that five game span allowing 47% shooting along with 38% from three. In that fourteen game period the Grizzlies do sit second in offensive efficiency with 118.4 points per 100 possessions. Play Memphis +3.5.