Free NBA Picks For Today 5/7/2021
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Philadelphia 76ers NBA Pick Prediction 5/7/2021
Pelicans at 76ers—NBA pick is New Orleans Pelicans +8.5. Pelicans only two games back of San Antonio with six to play for the tenth seed in the Western conference. San Antonio has been hit with a brutal schedule down the stretch and a vulnerable team. Philadelphia has a 3 game cushion in the loss coumn on Brooklyn for the top seed in the East with six to play. New Orleans defense has shown improvement as in their past five games holding teams to 45.8% shooting along with 33.8% from three point range. Pelicans have covered five of six as they sit third in defensive efficiency holding opponents to 103.7 points per 100 possessions. Play New Orleans +8.5.
Boston Celtics vs. Chicago Bulls NBA Pick Prediction 5/7/2021
Celtics at Bulls—NBA free pick is Chicago Bulls +3.5. Chicago three games out with six to play for the tenth seed in the Eastern conference. They have gotten healthy as Zach LaVine has returned to the lineup and surrounded by shooters. Past five games Bulls shooting 48% from the floor and with 36.7% from three. Boston dealing with injury to Jaylen Brown who is out. Questionable is rebounder Robert Williams with turf toe. Celtics have failed to cover five of seven as they sit 19th in the defensive efficiency ratings giving up 114.2 points per 100 possessions. Play Chicago +3.5.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Miami Heat NBA Pick Prediction 5/7/2021
Timberwolves at Heat—Free pick is Minnesota Timberwolves +6. Minnesota has covered five of eight with a push. With the return on DeAngelo Russell to the lineup they have seen an upsurge offensively. Past five games Timberwolves are shooting 47.2% from the floor along with 38.1% from three. Heat are in poor defensive form as in that span of five games allowing 50.4% from the field with 42.3% from three. Jimmy Butler is questionable for the Heat with an illness. Tyler Herro has a foot injury and is listed as questionable. In that eight game period the Timberwolves sit sixth in offensive efficiency with 117.4 points per 100 possessions. Net rating for both teams is identical in this span at 2.8. But with Butler and Herro the edge is on the underdog. Play Minnesota +6.
Orlando Magic vs. Charlotte Hornets NBA Pick Prediction 5/7/2021
Magic at Hornets—NBA pick is Orlando Magic +9. Orlando has rest advantage in this spot. They have shown a pulse winning and covering three of their past five games. Their defensive form good in this span by allowing 44.1% with 33.9% from three. Charlotte on a back to back after dropping a 21 point decision home to Boston. Hornets have failed to cover five of six. In that period Charlotte has a net rating of -5.4 and Orlando at -8.4. Small variance here. Magic rested and Charlotte playing on consecutive nights. Play Orlando +9.
Houston Rockets vs. Milwaukee Bucks NBA Pick Prediction 5/7/2021
Rockets at Bucks—NBA free pick is Houston Rockets and Milwaukee Bucks to play under the total of 230.5. Houston sitting a lot of their players. Christian Wood has hit the injury report with an ankle injury. The Rockets will be challenge to score points on the Bucks defense especially is Wood is unable to play. Past five games Rockets making only 33.2% from three. Milwaukee tied with Brooklyn in the loss column for the number two seed and that is big should these teams meet in the second round of the playoffs. Bucks will be motivated to defend here especially after getting beat at Houston over a week ago giving up 143 points. Bucks tighten defense here against an injury riddled Rockets team. Play Houston and Milwaukee under 230.5.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Dallas Mavericks NBA Pick Prediction 5/7/2021
Cavaliers at Mavericks—Free pick is Dallas Mavericks -10.5. Back to back for Dallas but they are not traveling. Offensive form good as in their past five game hitting on 48% from the floor along with 39.5% from three. Cavaliers have failed to cover 11 of 12 games. Six straight non-covers for the Cavaliers as a double digit underdog. In that period of five games. Cavaliers are shooting 43.3% while allowing 53% overall and 43.5% from three. In that 12 game period the Cavs are last in defensive efficiency surrendering 119.6 points per 100 possessions. Their net rating in that period is -12.1 and Dallas +4.0. Play Dallas -10.5.
Denver Nuggets vs. Utah Jazz NBA Pick Prediction 5/7/2021
Nuggets at Jazz—NBA pick is Utah Jazz -3. Nuggets will be without point guards Murry and Morris. Shooting guard PJ Dozier is out as well. Small forward Will Barton out. Jazz dealing with injuries to Mitchell and Conley. Jazz form has been good as in their past five games hitting on 47% with 39% from three while holding opponents to 44.6% along with 33.9% from beyond the arc. Nuggets form not quite as good as Utah in that period. Jazz holds a one game lead on Phoenix for best record in the west with six games remaining. Play Utah -3.
New York Knicks vs. Phoenix Suns NBA Pick Prediction 5/7/2021
Knicks at Suns—NBA free pick is New York Knicks +6. Knicks in strong form as in their past five games making 47.8% with 45.1% from three and holding opponents to 43.9% Issue with the Suns have been the play of their defense as in that period surrendering 50.5% with 42% from beyond the arc. New York has covered 15 of their past 17 games. In that fifteen game span Knicks have a net rating of +8.4 and Suns at +3.1 as they sit 23rd in defensive efficiency allowing 114.1 points per 100 possessions. Suns are without Jae Crowder and Nader. Cameron Johnson is questionable with a wrist injury. Play New York +6.
LA Lakers vs. Portland Trailblazers NBA Pick Prediction 5/7/2021
Lakers at Trailblazers—Free pick is Portland Trailblazers -6.5. Lakers on a back to back after dropping a 24 point decision at the Clippers. LAL has lost and failed to cover seven of nine. There is one push against the spread. Portland returns home with rest advantage in this spot as they have won and covered five of six. Past five games Trailblazers shooting 51% with 44.1% from three whild holding opponents to 44.9%. Lakers in that period surrendering nearly 48%. Lakers are without LeBron James and Anthony Davis status is in question with back spasms. LAL also without scorer Dennis Schroder. In that six game period the Trailblazers sit tops in offensive efficiency with 127 points per 100 possessions. Lakers sit near the bottom with 106.6. Portland net rating in this six game span +16.2 and Lakers -4.5. Huge variance here. Play Portland -6.5.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Sacramento Kings NBA Pick Prediction 5/7/2021
Spurs at Kings—NBA pick is Sacramento Kings +4. San Antonio is in freefall as the team has lost five straight after their 32 points loss at Utah. Spurs have been hit with a brutal schedule that over the past 31 days included only three home games. Kings return home winning all four of their road games. Past five games Sacramento hitting on 46.8% while the Spurs defense is giving up 49.5% with 39.4% from beyond the arc. Bagley and Hield healthy for the Kings and will play. Take Sacramento +4.