Free NBA Picks For Today 10/20/2021
Indiana Pacers vs. Charlotte Hornets NBA Pick Prediction 10/20/2021
Pacers at Hornets—NBA pick is Charlotte Hornets -2. Boy, here we go again with the Indiana Pacers. First game into the season and a laundry list of injuries. Three starters are nursing injuries and questionable for the Pacers in Lamb, Holliday and Brogdon. LeVert and Warren are both out. Kelan Martin who contributed off the bench out. Looks like Charlotte’s roster will all be available with Rozier and Bridges upgraded to probable. Hornets have won two of their past three against the Pacers. There is cohesion with the Hornets starting five having played together for a white. Take the healthier team here. Hornets starters shoot the three well. Play Charlotte -2.
Chicago Bulls vs. Detroit Pistons NBA Pick Prediction 10/20/2021
Bulls at Pistons—NBA free pick is Chicago Bulls -5. Chicago upgraded their team in the offseason by acquiring Lonzo Ball and DeMar DeRozan. They start alongside Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic. Coby White now comes off the bench. Pistons are a young team with three of their starters are 20 years old. Pistons were 26th in offensive efficiency last year and it will take time for this young roster to build the strength needed to defend and work inside in the NBA. Play Chicago -5.
Washington Wizards vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Pick Prediction 10/20/2021
Wizards at Raptors—Free pick is Toronto Raptors -2.5. Toronto plays at home for the first time since the pandemic. They have good crowd and the team performed well from their energy. Vanvleet, Siaman and Anunoby remain in the starting lineup alongside Trent and Achiuwa. Raptors improved on a bench that was last in the NBA in scoring last season acquiring Goran Dragic. First year head coach Wes Unseld Jr. debuts for the Wizards. Washington defended poorly last season. They did improve bench scoring this year but there are a lot of new parts with the Wizards that will take time to gel together. Raptors home court strong here. Play Toronto -2.5.
Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks NBA Pick Prediction 10/20/2021
Celtics at Knicks—NBA pick is New York Knicks -2. New York healthy for the exception of Noel. New York strong defensively allowing 107.8 points per 100 possessions. To improve their offense the Knicks brought over Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier. They add more good three point shooters to the roster. Ime Udoka takes over as head coach as Brad Stevens moves upstairs. Question marks for the Celtics is starter Dennis Schroder who had a bad season with the Lakers last season and the bench which ranked near the bottom of the NBA in scoring. Prefer the depth and additions to the Knicks. Play New York -2.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Memphis Grizzlies NBA Pick Prediction 10/20/2021
Cavaliers at Grizzlies—NBA free pick is Cleveland Cavaliers +7.5. Collin Sexton provided a spark to this Cavaliers team a year ago. They are young but so are the Grizzlies. Cleveland improved their bench adding Ricky Rubio and Lauri Markkanen. Question mark for Memphis is the acquisition of Steven Adams and moving him to the starting lineup at center. That game seemed to fast for him at New Orleans and was a better fit in a defensive style like he played at OKC. Grizzlies also lost a good three point shooter in Graysen Allen. Cavaliers can keep this close within two possessions. Play Cleveland +7.5.
Houston Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Pick Prediction 10/20/2021
Rockets at Timberwolves—Free pick is Houston Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves to play over the total of 227.5 points. When Christian Wood is healthy the offense improved dramatically when he is on the court. These were also two of the worse defensive teams in the league. Offensively the Timberwolves were fifth in pace and the Rockets sixth. Timberwolves shined when Towns and Russell were healthy and, on the court, together. When head coach Chris Finch took over for fired Ryan Saunders the T’Wolves excelled. Play Houston and Minnesota over 227.5.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. New Orleans Pelicans NBA Pick Prediction 10/20/2021
76ers at Pelicans—NBA pick is Philadelphia 76ers -3. There will be no Zion Williamson in the lineup for the Pelicans as he is out with a foot injury. Pelicans lost Lonzo Ball to free agency as he lands with the Bulls. Seth Curry, Danny Green and Tobias Harris lineup with Embiid in the 76ers starting lineup. Pelicans were 23rd in defensive efficiency a season ago with the 76ers sitting second. Play Philadelphia -3.
Orlando Magic vs. San Antonio Spurs NBA Pick Prediction 10/20/2021
Magic at Spurs—NBA free pick is San Antonio Spurs -5.5. Orlando traded away many of their starters at the trading deadline and close the season poorly. They start the season with cluster injuries to their bench with Carter Williams, Fultz and Chuma Okeke are out. Spurs added Doug McDermott to their starting rotation and Thaddeus Young to their bench. Magic 29th in offensive efficiency and 26th defensively last year. Play San Antonio -5.5.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Utah Jazz NBA Pick Prediction 10/20/2021
Thunder at Jazz—Free pick is Utah Jazz -12. Utah a solid starting five. Jordan Clarkson and Joe Ingles solid contributors off the bench. Issue for the Thunder will be the youth on their bench. Last season Thunder 24th in defensive efficiency and last in the NBA in offensive efficiency with 102.8 points per 100 possessions. Play Utah -12.
Sacramento Kings vs. Portland Trailblazers NBA Pick Prediction 10/20/2021
Kings at Trailblazers—NBA pick is Sacramento Kings +5. Kings have solid players in their starting lineup in Hield, Haliburton, Barnes and Fox. Bagley will come off the bench. Tristan Thompson was acquired to get rebounds which was a major weakness for the team. Portland debuts head coach Chauncy Billups. Portland was a weak defensive team last year sitting 29th and second last allowing 115.3 points per 100 possessions. A revamp bench for the Trailblazers will take time to gain chemistry. Play Sacramento +5.
Denver Nuggets vs. Phoenix Suns NBA Pick Prediction 10/20/2021
Nuggets at Suns—NBA free pick is Denver Nuggets +6. Jokic, Porter, Dozier and Green sat out the Nuggets final preseason game. They are listed as game time decision, but media reports have all four playing. Suns return their core from last year and make good additions to their bench in Elfrid Payton, Javale McGee and Landy Shamet. May take time for the chemistry to build with these additions for Phoenix. Rather take the two possessions with the Nuggets. Play Denver -6.