Free NBA Picks For Today 5/5/2021
Boston Celtics vs. Orlando Magic NBA Pick Prediction 5/5/2021
Celtics at Magic—NBA pick is Orlando Magic +10.5. Magic has covered four of their past five after their seven point win at Detroit on Monday. They shot 52% in the win. Orlando in their past five games are hitting on 37.5% from three. Boston will be without Jaylen Brown to a leg injury getting hurt in that fourth quarter collision. Tristan Thompson is banged up and questionable. Boston has failed to cover five of six. In that six game span the Celtics sit second last in defensive efficiency by allowing 117.7 points per 100 possessions and a net rating of -5.2. Magic rating in that six game period -5.7. Play Orlando +10.5.
Portland Trailblazers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Pick Prediction 5/5/2021
Trailblazers at Cavaliers—NBA free pick is Portland Trailblazers -11. Cleveland on a back to back after their sixteen point loss at home to Phoenix on Tuesday. Cavs have failed to cover seven straight and ten of eleven. They have failed to cover five straight as a double digit underdog. Cleveland sitting bulk of their players. Damian Lillard has been listed as probable. Portland has covered four of five and have rest advantage here. They sit one game back of the sixth seed so this is an important game for Portland. In that eleven game span the Cavaliers sit last in defensive efficiency allowing 118 points per 100 possessions. They are also near the bottom offensively. Play Portland -11.
Phoenix Suns vs. Atlanta Hawks NBA Pick Prediction 5/5/2021
Suns at Hawks—Free pick is Phoenix Suns -1.5. Suns have won five straight after their overtime sixteen point win at Cleveland on Tuesday. There is a lot at stake for the Suns as they sit tied with Utah for first place in the Western conference and that brings home court advantage for the entire playoffs. Their shooting form outstanding as in their past five games hitting on 51.4% with 36.7% from three. Hawks in that period shooting only 43.8%. Defensive numbers poor for both teams. Suns in their last back to back game went into New York and came away with an eight point win against the Knicks. Suns have won eleven of fourteen. Play Phoenix -1.5.
Sacramento Kings vs. Indiana Pacers NBA Pick Prediction 5/5/2021
Kings at Pacers—NBA pick is Sacramento Kings +6.5. Three straight wins for Sacramento after their get past Oklahoma City on Tuesday. Kings have covered four of their past six games. They are shooting the ball well as in their past five games hitting on 49.6% with 38.5% from three. Both Buddy Hield and Marvin Bagley expected to play. Cluster injuries for the Pacers. Out are Turner and Warren. Questionable with injuries are Brogdon, Lamb, Sumner and Bitadze. Pacers in their past five games giving up 125 points per game with 46.7% shooting. Play Sacramento +6.5.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Houston Rockets NBA Pick Prediction 5/5/2021
76ers at Rockets—NBA free pick is Philadelphia 76ers and Houston Rockets to play under the total of 225 points. Houston has been held to an average of 92 points per game in their past two games. 76ers are healthy and in their past five games holding teams to 41.7% shooting with only 96.4 points per game. Houston is sitting many of their players so it will be Christian Wood and a patchwork lineup trying to score on a 76ers at about full strength. Play Philadelphia and Houston under 225.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Pick Prediction 5/5/2021
Grizzlies at Timberwolves—Free pick is Minnesota Timberwolves +4. Timberwolves have won and covered five of their past seven games with a push. With DeAngelo Russell back healthy with Karl Anthony Towns there has been an upsurge of offense production. They have also shown recent improvement to their defense. Grizzlies in poor shooting form as in their past five games hitting only 40.7% along with 28.9% from three. They will be without Jaren Jackson to injury. Grizzlies have lost four of five with a bad loss to Orlando with Morant, Jackson and Valanciunas in the lineup. In that period of five games Grizzlies sit second worst in offensive efficiency with 101.4 points per 100 possessions with a net rating of -13.8. Timberwolves net rating in that period is +3.8. A huge variance. Play Minnesota +4.
New York Knicks vs. Denver Nuggets NBA Pick Prediction 5/5/2021
Knicks at Nuggets—NBA pick is New York Knicks +3. New York has covered fifteen of sixteen after their 14 point win at Memphis on Monday. New York past five games are making 39.1% from three while holding teams to 44.3% overall and 33.8% from beyond the arc. Nuggets come off a four point loss at the Lakers on Monday. They have failed to cover six of nine. Denver missing point guards Murray and Morris to injury. Also out are Barton and PJ Dozier. In that nine game period Knicks number one in offensive efficiency and ninth on defense. They have a net rating of +11.9 to the Nuggets +3.1. Wide variance here. Play New York Knicks +3.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Utah Jazz NBA Pick Prediction 5/5/2021
Spurs at Jazz—NBA free pick is San Antonio Spurs +7.5. Spurs lost the first game of this two game series in Utah on Monday by 11. But there were on a back to back and the Jazz had rest advantage. In this spot each team has equal rest. Spurs schedule is brutal down the stretch but they have been able to cover seven of their past nine with a push. Utah will be without Michael Conley and Donovan Mitchell to injury and they combine for about 43 points per game average. Murray off the injured list for the Spurs. Play San Antonio +7.5.
Washington Wizards vs. Milwaukee Bucks NBA Pick Prediction 5/5/2021
Wizards at Bucks—Free pick is Washington Wizards +6.5. Rest advantage for the Wizards after their fourteen point win to Indiana on Monday. Wizards over their past five games are shooting 47.6% from the field. They have won and covered seven of eight and thirteen of their past sixteen games. Milwaukee on a back to back after their win at home to Brooklyn. Bucks have a losing spread record in back to back games and average nine points below overall average in this spot. Both Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal healthy for the Wizards. Always have to worry about the playing status of Giannis in back to backs as he has been bothered the past three months with a sore knee and ankle. In that period of eight games Wizards second best in offensive efficiency with 120.4 points per 100 possession. Their net rating in that period of +9.1 and Milwaukee +7.1. Play Washington +6.5.