Free NBA Picks For Today 5/23/2021
Washington Wizards vs. Philadelphia 76ers NBA Pick Prediction 5/23/2021
Wizards at 76ers—NBA pick is Washington Wizards +7.5. Wizards play improved the final two months of this season as they have won and covered 15 of their past 21 down the stretch with two pushes to the spread. Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal are both healthy. Past fifteen games the Wizards sat fourth in offensive efficiency averaging 118.1 points per 100 possessions with a ranking of +6.1. In that period the 76ers at with a ranking of +7.9. Wizards earned a play in spot based on the improvement they made on the defensive end of the court. In that fifteen game span they sat 12th in defensive efficiency. Wizards keep it competitive enough to cover here. Play Washington +7.5.
LA Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns NBA Pick Prediction 5/23/2021
Lakers at Suns—NBA free pick is LA Lakers +3. LA a healthier team was able to win six straight entering the postseason. They picked up notable wins to the Suns at home by 23, Knicks and then Warriors in the play in tournament. Suns had plenty to play for when they lost by 13 to LA as they were competing with Utah for the number one seed. Season wide the Lakers were best in defensive efficiency in the league this year. LA has the size advantage in this matchup and it was illustrated in their win two weeks ago winning the rebounding battle by nine boards and shooting 49% in victory. Suns had a difficult April schedule, and the team went downhill defensively as in their final fifteen games as they were trying to nab a number one seed, they ranked 26th in defensive efficiency by allowing 117.1 points per 100 possessions. Drummond a huge addition for LA to help clog the middle. Lakers have a clean injury report. Play LA Lakers +3.
Atlanta Hawks vs. New York Knicks NBA Pick Prediction 5/23/2021
Hawks at Knicks—Free pick is New York Knicks -1. New York one of the improved teams this season showed grit going on a late season west coast trip and covering against the Lakers, Clippers and Grizzlies. Then upon their return home they won their final three games at home to secure home court in the first round of the playoffs. What greatly improved on the Knicks down the stretch was their shooting. They proved in the first months of the season to be a good defensive team. In their final fifteen games the Knicks won eleven of those games as they sot 47.3% from the floor and 43.3% from the three point line. New York can match the shooting ability of the Hawks now but have the strongest edge defensively where they finished best in field goal and three point defense. Play New York -1.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Utah Jazz NBA Pick Prediction 5/23/2021
Grizzlies at Jazz—NBA pick is Memphis Grizzlies +8.5. Memphis got healthy and has able to string back to back wins in the Play In Tournament to earn a playoff berth. Grizzlies enter with momentum from a five point overtime win at Golden St in an elimination game for both teams. Grizzlies have survived two elimination games in the play in tournament. They have won seven of eight. Past six days their games will have been spaced every two days while the Jazz come off a six day layoff. Grizzlies defense strong in their past five games by allowing 42.2% shooting along with 34.8% from three. Jazz facing must win games down the stretch to secure the top seed dropped two of four. Donovan Mitchell is back for the Jazz buy will be dealing with rust. Grizzlies got their core together in Morant, Valenciunas and Jackson. Grizzlies have shot 48.1% on the road this year. Play Memphis +8.5.