Free NBA Picks For Today 5/24/2021
Miami Heat vs. Milwaukee Bucks NBA Pick Prediction 5/24/2021
Heat at Bucks—NBA pick is Miami Heat +4.5. Heat forced overtime in the opener of series losing by two. Miami defended well liming the Bucks to just 37% shooting. They have now covered nine of their past eleven games. Bucks have now failed to cover seven of eight. Bucks will see Miami’s best here as they look to even up this series. In those eleven games the Heat sit third best in offensive efficiency with 121 points per 100 possessions. They have a net rating of +4.1 to the Bucks +2.3. Concern the past two seasons has been about the Bucks defensive decline. Once an elite defense this team has digressed. Over their past five games they are allowing 42.6% from three while in that period Miami is making 48.1% from the floor along with 42.4% from three. This is a Heat team that was hit hard by COVID early in the year and showed recovering in the final few weeks of the season. Cannot measure this team on season long stats but just on recent results. Play Miami +4.5.
Portland Trailblazers vs. Denver Nuggets NBA Pick Prediction 5/24/2021
Trailblazers at Nuggets—NBA free pick is Portland Trailblazers +1.5. Portland has won and covered 11 of their past 13 as they pulled away from the Nuggets in their 14 point win at Denver in the opener of this series. Cannon discount the experience of the Trailblazers starting guards in Lillard and McCollum in the playoffs. Nuggets missing key contributors in their lineup to guard the Portland duo as Murray, Dozier and Barton are all out on Monday. Nuggets have failed to cover five of their past seven. Past five games Trailblazers hitting on 50% from the floor and 44.1% from three point range. Nuggets lose Game 1 on their home court and there is little difference in the line in Game 2. Does not seem like early sharp bettors want to bet against Portland. Neither do I. Play Portland +1.5.