Free NBA Picks For Today 5/11/2021
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Detroit Pistons NBA Pick Prediction 5/11/2021
Timberwolves at Pistons—NBA pick is Detroit Pistons +7.5. Pistons utilizing a patchwork lineup as they are sitting their starters. Despite that the team is in good shooting form as in their past five games hitting on 48.2% from the field. Tough to lay these many points with a Timberwolves team playing poorly on defense. In that period of five games, they are surrendering 49% shooting along with 38% from three as teams are posting 122 points per game on Minnesota. They have failed to cover three of four. Detroit patchwork lineup gaining experience as the Pistons has rested starters for some time. In that four game span Minnesota allowing 116.2 points per 100 possessions with the Pistons at 111 per 100. Play Detroit +7.5.
Denver Nuggets vs. Charlotte Hornets NBA Pick Prediction 5/11/2021
Nuggets at Hornets—NBA free pick is Charlotte Hornets +5.5. Charlotte holds a one game lead on Indiana for the eighth seed which mean win once in two games and advance into the playoffs while the ninth seed requires two straight wins in the play in round. Denver pretty much can be no worse than a four seed which brings home court in the first round of the playoffs. Best they can be in a third seed but that may not be worth risking injuries with tight defense over. Nuggets dealing with cluster injuries as out are Barton, Dozier and Murry. Monte Morris with a hamstring is questionable. Nuggets defensively past five games are allowing 46.6% shooting along with 43.8% from three. Play Charlotte +5.5.
Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics NBA Pick Prediction 5/11/2021
Heat at Celtics—Free pick is Miami Heat -1. Heat have won and covered nine of their past eleven games. Past five games Heat is shooting 52% from the field along with 42% from three point range. They are a healthy team with only Oladipo out. Boston dealing with key injuries as Jaylen Brown out for the season with a wrist injury and their rebounder Robert Williams doubtful with a toe injury. Celtics have failed to cover seven of nine as they sit 24th in defensive efficiency allowing 116.8 points per 100 possessions. Miami are motivated here as they are only one game back of the Knicks for the fourth seed which brings home court in the first round. Play Miami -1.
LA Clippers vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Pick Prediction 5/11/2021
Clippers at Raptors—NBA pick is Toronto Raptors +11.5. Clippers will be no worse than a four seed in the playoffs and are longshots to pass Phoenix for the two seed sitting three games back with four to play. Clippers close out the regular season on a four game road trip. Just don’t see LAC bringing their “A” game to close out the regular season. Three playoff eliminated teams in this trip in Thunder, Raptors and Rockets with an Eastern conference losing team in Charlotte as well. LAC wants to be healthy for the playoffs. They have been hit with injuries to key contributors throughout the season and don’t expect them to take any risks here to move up from the fourth to third seed. Play Toronto +11.5.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Indiana Pacers NBA Pick Prediction 5/11/2021
76ers at Pacers—NBA free pick is Indiana Pacers +6.5. Back to back for Indiana after their win at Cleveland on Monday. Pacers shooting form good as in their past five games hitting on 53.4% along with 44% from three. Philadelphia holds a three game lead on the Nets for the number one seed with four games to play. 76ers also own the tiebreaker so one more 76ers win or a Nets loss and Philadelphia captures the number one seed in the East. Joel Embiid is on the injury report with a non-COVID illness. Indiana is one game back of Charlotte for the eighth seed which would allowing the Pacers to win one of two to get into the playoffs instead of winning two straight to get in. Play Indiana +6.5.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Chicago Bulls NBA Pick Prediction 5/11/2021
Nets at Bulls—Free pick is Chicago Bulls +5.5. Brooklyn sits as the two seed in the East are longshots to overtake the 76ers for the top seed down three games with four to play and losing the tiebreaker to boot. One Nets loss or Philadelphia win and the 76ers win the top seed in the East. Huge motivation for Chicago as they are two games back of Washington with four to play to earn the final play in berth. Chicago has their shooters healthy and enter on a three game win streak covering all three with the return of Zach LaVine back into the lineup. Nets don’t seem to be interested in home court against Milwaukee even though they are up one game, but Milwaukee owns the tiebreaker. With Durant’s injury history expect Brooklyn to proceed this week with caution. Play Chicago +5.5.
Orlando Magic vs. Milwaukee Bucks NBA Pick Prediction 5/11/2021
Magic at Bucks—NBA pick is Orlando Magic +14.5. In a span of three weeks the Bucks will be playing five sets of back to backs to close the regular season. We have seen Milwaukee perform poorly defensively as in their past five games allowing 119.4 points per game with 41.5% shooting. With Giannis dealing with sore knees and ankle issues the past few months would expect the Bucks to be cautious the rest of the way. They are playing their fifth game in seven days in this spot which is tough this late in the regular season. Bucks have been giving up a lot of points of late with a heavy workload this late in the season. Play Orlando +14.5.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Memphis Grizzlies NBA Pick Prediction 5/11/2021
Mavericks at Grizzlies—NBA free pick is Dallas Mavericks -2. Rest advantage for the Mavericks after their 27 point road win at Cleveland for their fourth straight win and seventh in eight games. Their form is good as in their past five games hitting on 48.7% from the field while allowing 44.3% to the Mavericks. Memphis will be on a back to back playing their third game in four nights after failing to cover in a five point home win to New Orleans. Grizzlies have failed to cover six of their past nine games as they sit 24th in offensive efficiency putting u 107.8 points per 100 possessions. Recent defensive form has been poor as well as in their past five games allowing 47.6% shooting along with 43% from three. Mavericks are only two games up on the Lakers for the seventh seed so expect the Mavs to ease up once they clinch top six seed in the west. Play Dallas -2.
Phoenix Suns vs. Golden St Warriors NBA Pick Prediction 5/11/2021
Suns at Warriors—Free pick is Golden St Warriors +5.5. Golden St on a back to back after their three point home win to Utah. Warriors have been home four their fourth straight game as they close out the regular season with a six game home stand. Golden St is in the better defensive form as in their past five games allowing only 42% shooting with 27% from three. Offensively in that period are connecting on 49.5% with 40.4% from three. Phoenix has had recent struggles on the road against playoff teams losing and failing to cover four of their past five. That tough April schedule is having an impact on play as the Suns in that period of five games surrendering 50.2% shooting along with 43% from three. Warriors tied in the loss column with Memphis, so they are trying to avoid that ninth seed which means two straight wins to qualify during the play in round for the playoffs. Play Golden St +5.5.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Sacramento Kings NBA Pick Prediction 5/11/2021
Thunder at Kings—NBA pick is Sacramento Kings -10.5. Three straight losses by Oklahoma City on this road trip losing by 21 points or greater in each game. Kings have showed a willingness to perform winning five of their past six games after beating the Thunder by 28 on Sunday. Past five games OKC hitting only 41% with 29.6% from three while surrendering on defense 50.6% along with 41% from three. Hield and Bagley expected to play for the Kings. Play Sacramento -10.5.
New York Knicks vs. LA Lakers NBA Pick Prediction 5/11/2021
Knicks at Lakers—NBA Free pick is New York Knicks +5.5. Knicks have shown grit all season and bounced back nicely off a two game losing streak by beating the Clippers by six on Sunday. New York in great form as in their past five games hitting on 46.7% from the field along with 43% from three while holding opponents to 42% shooting and 34.6% from three. Lakers not in that great of form on both ends of the court. There is a report that LeBron James will not return on Tuesday. Schroder continues to be out for LA. Many of the Lakers supporting cast will play through minor injuries with a laundry list of probables and day to day statuses on the injury report. Knicks just one game up on the Hawks and Heat for the fourth seed which brings home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Play New York +5.5.