Free NBA Picks For Today 5/12/2021
Washington Wizards vs. Atlanta Hawks NBA Pick Prediction 5/12/2021
Wizards at Hawks—NBA pick is Washington Wizards +7.5. Both teams with a day or rest after the Hawks pulled out a one point win on Monday. That was with No Bradley Beal in the lineup and he will miss on Wednesday. Wizards shooting form great as in their past five games hitting on 50% with 39.4% from three point range. Hawks defensive form makes is difficult to lay over two possessions here. In that period of five games Hawks surrendering 49.6% with 39.2% from three. Wizards one game back of Charlotte for the eighth seed which means one win in two tries in the play in round instead of trying to win both play in games. Wizards have covered nine of twelve with a push. Play Washington +7.5.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Brooklyn Nets NBA Pick Prediction 5/12/2021
Spurs at Nets—NBA free pick is San Antonio Spurs +4.5. Spurs hold a three game lead on the Pelicans and Kings with four to play to earn the tenth seed. They do have rest advantage in this spot. Past five games San Antonio is shooting 47.6. Nets on a back to back as they close out a road trip winning at Chicago on Tuesday. After this game they get two days of rest and close out at home to the Bulls and Cavaliers. Questions are concerning the status of Kyrie Irving as he took an elbow to the face on Tuesday forcing his exit from the game. Always have to worry about Kevin Durant in back to backs bases on his injury history. Spurs want to clinch early because in the play in round they have to win two straight to qualify for the playoffs so they seem to be the more motivated here. Play San Antonio +4.5.
Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Pick Prediction 5/12/2021
Celtics at Cavaliers—Free pick is Boston Celtics -10. Home court advantage in the play in round is at stake for Boston in the final three games of the season. They hold a two game lead on the Hornets and Paces for the seventh seed. Boston closes out the season at an improved Minnesota team then on a back to back at New York. So, there is importance in this game for the Celtics. A positive for Boston is their shooting form as in their past five games hitting on 48.6% along with 42.2% from three. Cleveland in awful form as in that period of five games hitting 39.6% overall while surrendering 52.7% with 39.5% from beyond the arc. It is a patchwork lineup surrounding Collin Sexton. Cavs have failed to cover eleven in a row. Nine straight failed covers as a double digit underdog. In that five game period Cleveland has a net rating of -20.5 and Celtics -2.2. Huge variance there. Play Boston -10.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Dallas Mavericks NBA Pick Prediction 5/12/2021
Pelicans at Mavericks—NBA pick is New Orleans Pelicans +9.5. Pelicans still in the hunt for the tenth seed down three games with three to go to the Spurs. San Antonio figures to be an underdog in their final three games so there is a glimmer of home for the Pelicans. Dallas could be without Kristaps Porzingis who is listed as questionable. JJ Redick is out for the Mavs. With Ball and Bledsoe healthy in the guard position the Pelicans have been competitive enough to cover four straight and eight of their past nine games. Dallas coming off a 29 point defeat at Memphis on Tuesday and are on a back to back in this spot. Rest advantage for the Pelicans here. Mavs are playing their third set of back to backs this month and ninth game in twelve days. Play New Orleans +9.5.
Portland Trailblazers vs. Utah Jazz NBA Pick Prediction 5/12/2021
Trailblazers at Jazz—NBA free pick is Utah Jazz -3.5. Utah back home where they play their best in the high elevation. Utah leads Phoenix by two games for the top seed in the Western conference with three to play. Suns have the tiebreaker so the Jazz have to finish at least one game ahead of Phoenix to capture the top seed. Portland can be no greater than a five seed and holds a one game lead plus the tiebreaker over the Lakers with three to play to avoid the play in round. Jazz in their past five games hitting on 50.3% from the floor while the Trailblazers surrendering 39.5% from three in that period. Jazz pounded Portland by 19 at home and 20 on the road in their two meetings this season. Play Utah -3.5.
Houston Rockets vs. LA Lakers NBA Pick Prediction 5/12/2021
Rockets at Lakers—Free pick is Houston Rockets +13. Lakers on a back to back after a tough physical overtime win to the Knicks. Anthony Davis did limp during this game. They will be without Schroder. Caruso is questionable with foot soreness. LeBron James decided to sit out the Knicks game and could return here. There may be some rust but more importantly his teammates have a back to back. Houston has rest advantage and has been able to cover their past three games all against good teams on the road as a heavy underdog. Rockets covered at Milwaukee, Utah and Portland as they averaged 126 points per game. Past five game Rockets are hitting on 46.3% from the floor along with 38.7% from three with their patchwork lineup. Play Houston +13.