Free NBA Picks For Today 5/3/2021
Orlando Magic vs. Detroit Pistons NBA Pick Prediction 5/3/2021
Magic at Pistons—NBA pick is Orlando Magic +1.5. Two patchwork lineups meet in this spot. Detroit is pretty much sitting much of their scorers including leading scorer Jerami Grant. This Orlando lineup has been intact since the All Star Break when Orlando shipped out many of their starters. Magic showing more of a pulse winning two of three with a five point win at Cleveland and by one home to Memphis. Pistons have lost two straight all by double digits with Grant sitting. Play Orlando +1.5.
Indiana Pacers vs. Washington Wizards NBA Pick Prediction 5/3/2021
Pacers at Wizards—NBA free pick is Washington Wizards -5. Both Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal are healthy and scheduled to play. Wizards have covered 13 of their past 16 with one push. Past five games they are shooting 51.2%. They hold a three game lead in the loss column with eight to play on the Raptors for the final play in spot. Indiana still dealing with cluster injuries. Warren is out for the year and he averaged 15 a game. Tuner a 15 point per game guy is out. Brogdon, Lamb and big man Bitadze questionable. Play Washington -5.
Golden St Warriors vs. New Orleans Pelicans NBA Pick Prediction 5/3/2021
Warriors at Pelicans—Free pick is New Orleans Pelicans -2. New Orleans on the outside looking in as they sit three back in the loss column for the tenth seed in the Western conference. This is a front end of a back to back so the Warriors could be playing for a split in this series. Warriors are dealing with cluster injuries as Pachall, Oubre, Wiseman and Lee are out. Andrew Wiggins is questionable with right knee soreness. You would think the Warriors would sit Wiggins here to play for the split. Pelicans past five games are shooting 49% with 37.7% from three and holding opponents to 43.5% along with 30.3% from beyond the arc. Pelicans have covered four straight. Play New Orleans -2.
Portland Trailblazers vs. Atlanta Hawks NBA Pick Prediction 5/3/2021
Trailblazers at Hawks—NBA pick is Atlanta Hawks -1. Hawks with rest advantage in this spot. Portland on a back to back and playing their third game in four nights all on the road. They are playing their second set of back to backs on this road trip. It is the Trailblazers fifth game in seven days. Hawks getting healthier. Trae Young expected to play. Bogdanovic now likely playing. With Trae back the Hawks did beat the Bulls by 11 on Saturday. Play Atlanta -1.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Chicago Bulls NBA Pick Prediction 5/3/2021
76ers at Bulls—NBA free pick is Chicago Bulls +8. Back to back for Philadelphia after they win but don’t cover in overtime at San Antonio on Thursday. Bulls have rest advantage in this spot. Bulls a good shooting team hitting 47.8% on the year. Zack LaVine out but the Bulls have depth and shooters in their lineup. Vucevic is questionable and a toss up to play. But in a back to back spot you always worry about the 76ers sitting players especially with the playoffs in about two weeks. Bulls three games in the loss column back for a play in berth. 76ers have failed to cover seven of ten in back to back games. Play Chicago +8.
New York Knicks vs. Memphis Grizzlies NBA Pick Prediction 5/3/2021
Knicks at Grizzlies—Free pick is New York Knicks +3.5. Knicks will be on a back to back after a 25 point win at Houston to begin the trip. New York has now covered fourteen of their past fifteen games. Memphis coming off a bad loss to Orlando with Morant, Valenciounas and Jackson Jr. both in the lineup. Past five games Grizzlies shooting only 42% from the field along with 29.7% from three point range. Knicks in outstanding shooting form as in their past five games hitting on 51.7% along with 49% from three. In that fifteen game period the Knicks sit tops in offensive efficiency with 118.8 points per 100 possessions and second on the defensive side with 106.8 per 100. Net rating for New York in that span +11.3 and Memphis +0.6. Big variance here. Play New York +3.5.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Utah Jazz NBA Pick Prediction 5/3/2021
Spurs at Jazz—NBA pick is Utah Jazz -7. Spurs on a back to back after their second straight overtime loss dropping a home game to Philadelphia. The schedule has been brutal for the Spurs. They came off a four game trip back east and had one home game then they have to travel to begin a four game road trip. San Antonio defense a concern as in their past five games allowing 48.6% shooting along with 39.3% from three giving up 124.6 points per game. Utah rested and in that period holding teams to 32.5% from beyond the arc. San Antonio is without White a 15 point per game guy. Murray is questionable and scores 16 a game with 7.2 rebounds and 5 assists. Jazz have depth to cover for Mitchell in this spot rested. Play Utah -7.
Denver Nuggets vs. LA Lakers NBA Pick Prediction 5/3/2021
Nuggets at Lakers—NBA free pick is LA Lakers +2. LA desperate for a win following back home losses to the Kings and Raptors with LeBron back in the lineup. But the Nuggets are dealing with key injuries in the guard position. Murray is out for the season and not playing for Denver will be Will Barton and Monte Morris. LA in a tie with Portland for the seventh seed which is the play in round. Lakers have won seven of nine against the Nuggets. LeBron is questionable but Nuggets injury at guard is impactful. Play LA Lakers +2.