Free NBA Picks For Today 5/14/2021
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Washington Wizards NBA Pick Prediction 5/14/2021
Cavaliers at Wizards—NBA pick is Washington Wizards -7.5. Wizards have yet to clinch a play in spot as they hold at two game lead on the Bulls with two to play. Washington just one game back of Charlotte for the eighth seed which allows a team to win one of two games to reach the playoffs instead of winning two straight in the ninth and tenth seed. Wizards have covered seven of nine with a push. Cleveland has put up a patchwork lineup to surround Collin Sexton. They have failed to cover fourteen of seventeen with a push. Past five games Cavaliers shooting only 3.4% with 31.7% from three while surrendering 49% shooting to their opponents. Play Washington -7.5.
Denver Nuggets vs. Detroit Pistons NBA Pick Prediction 5/14/2021
Nuggets at Pistons—NBA pick is Denver Nuggets -9.5. Denver plenty motivated here as they sit one game back of the Clippers with two to play for the third seed. Nuggets own the tiebreaker so if the teams finished tied Nuggets win the three seed. That would give Denver home court advantage in a potential two versus three seed in the second round. Nuggets came up big in their 11 point road win to an improving Timberwolves team on Friday. Pistons are sitting many of their starters and going with a patchwork lineup long eliminated from the playoffs. Pistons have lost seven of eight. They have failed to cover seven of nine. Their three straight losses have come by double digits. Play Denver -9.5.
Orlando Magic vs. Philadelphia 76ers NBA Pick Prediction 5/14/2021
Magic at 76ers—NBA free pick is Philadelphia 76ers -13.5. Back to back for both teams. At stake with a win for the 76ers in this spot is home court advantage throughout the Eastern conference finals earning the number one seed. Past five games 76ers shooting 48.7% from the floor along with 37.7% from three. Orlando utilizing a patchwork lineup has lost five straight failing to cover four. In that time period the Magic is shooting 42.5% from the floor with 30.6% from three while surrendering 48.1% to their opponents. Expect the 76ers to bring strong intensity to this game as they will not want to wait until Sunday in the rematch against the Magic to win top seed in the conference. In that five game period Magic second worst in offensive efficiency with 98.4 points per 100 possessions. They have a net rating in this span of -21.3 to the 76ers +2.6 rating. Wide variance in comparison to this line. Play Philadelphia -13.5.
Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Pick Prediction 5/14/2021
Jazz at Thunder—Free pick is Utah Jazz -14. Utah controls their destiny for the top seed in the Western conference. They just must win their final two games against the Thunder and Kings on the road and no matter what Phoenix does the Jazz have the top seed. Utah in good enough form here as in their past five games hitting on 48.6% with 38% from three while surrendering 45.1%. OKC has lost eight straight and 20 of 21. They are in poor form as in that period of five games hitting on 40.4% with 28.5% from beyond the arc and surrendering 50.1% shooting and 42.5% from three. Jazz do have a day or rest here to regroup from that two game losing streak and take care of their business next two games. Play Utah -14.
Toronto Raptors vs. Dallas Mavericks NBA Pick Prediction 5/14/2021
Raptors at Mavericks—NBA free pick is Dallas Mavericks -13.5. Dallas with a win will clinch a playoff spot and avoid the play in game. They have won and covered five of six after their 18 point home win to New Orleans on Wednesday. Past five games Mavs hitting on 48% and holding opponents to 43.9% shooting. Now eliminated from the playoffs and Raptors have sat starters and going with a patchwork lineup. The have lost all three since elimination losing by double digits in each game. In that three game period the Raptors sit fourth worst in offensive efficiency with 101 points per 100 possessions. Mavericks offense is at 119.3 points per 100. Play Dallas -13.5.
LA Clippers vs. Houston Rockets NBA Pick Prediction 5/14/2021
Clippers at Rockets—Free pick is LA Clippers -11. LAC has opened this road trip with wins by 23 at Charlotte and 19 at Toronto. They are motivated to stay ahead of the Nuggets in the Western conference as LAC holds the three seed and Nuggets the four in the even of a meeting in the Western conference finals. Past five games Clippers are shooting 50.1% with 40.7% from three while limiting the opposition to 42.2% and 31.2% from beyond the arc. Houston has lost 13 of their past fourteen games as the team has sat many of their starters. Rockets form terrible as in that period of five games allowing 133 points per game, 53.6% shooting along with 41.3% from three. Play Clippers -11.
Sacramento Kings vs. Memphis Grizzlies NBA Pick Prediction 5/14/2021
Kings at Grizzlies—NBA pick is Sacramento Kings +8.5. Back to back spot for both teams as they went head to head on Thursday with the Grizzlies winning by six as a -8.5 favorite. Kings despite their injuries have shooters in the lineup like Buddy Hield and Delon Wright. Kings have covered six of eight. Incredibly in that eight game period the Kings are number on in defensive efficiency by allowing 103.6 points per 100 possessions. Play Sacramento +8.5.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Golden St Warriors NBA Pick Prediction 5/14/2021
Pelicans at Warriors—NBA free pick is New Orleans Pelicans +6. Golden St and Memphis have identical records for the eighth seed. Should Memphis win against Sacramento earlier in the night the final game of the season between the Grizzlies and Warriors will decide the eighth seed. Pelicans out of the playoffs are resting players. This game could become meaningless for the Warriors and there is talk from head coach Steve Kerr that he will rest Wiggins, Green and Curry to set up a winner gets the eighth seed game Sunday against the Grizzlies. With that likely scenario there will be two patchwork lineups on the court and would rather take points. Play New Orleans +6.