Free NBA Picks For Today 10/22/2021
Charlotte Hornets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Pick Prediction 10/22/2021
Hornets at Cavaliers—NBA pick is Charlotte Hornets -2.5. Charlotte a win against Indiana to start the season. They were good from three out of the game making 41.9%. They have covered four of six against the Cavs. Issue with Cleveland was their defense in their 132-121 defeat at Memphis. Cavaliers surrendered 125.7 points per 100 possessions in the debut. This was without Terry Rozier in the lineup as he is questionable here. This is a very young Cleveland team and it will take time for them to match up physically defensively against teams. Veterans on the Cavs in Rubio and Markkanen not strong on the defensively end. Play Charlotte -2.5.
New York Knicks vs. Orlando Magic NBA Pick Prediction 10/22/2021
Knicks at Magic—NBA free pick is New York Knicks -6.5. Don’t want to support the Magic as the team is decimated by injuries. It was a poor performance on both ends of the court for the Magic in their 26 point loss against a borderline playoff team in San Antonio. Magic allowed 128 points per 100 possessions to the Spurs while scoring only 102.1 per 100. Don’t write off the Knicks. They shot 37.8% from three in a double overtime win at home to Boston. Their defense held the Celtics to 41% shooting. Knicks are fairly healthy with the exception Noel. Play New York -6.5.
Indiana Pacers vs. Washington Wizards NBA Pick Prediction 10/22/2021
Pacers at Wizards—Free pick is Washington Wizards -1.5. Washington the healthier team. They start the season off with a 15 point win at Toronto behind a strong defensive effort allowing 77.6 points per 100 possessions and 30.9% shooting. Pacers are without Levert, Martin and Warren. Questionable are Holiday, Lamb and Craig. Pacers perimeter defense was poor in their loss to Charlotte by allowing 41.9% from beyond the arc. Play Washington -1.5.
Toronto Raptors vs. Boston Celtics NBA Pick Prediction 10/22/2021
Raptors at Celtics—NBA pick is Boston Celtics -6.5. Toronto thin on depth and will be without Siakam and Watanabe. Raptors were held to 83 points and 77.6 points per 100 possessions in a home loss to Washington to begin the season shooting just 30.9%. This team needs a lot of help. Celtics played the Knicks tough in the opener of a double overtime defeat. Brown and Tatum are healthy and that is key when backing Boston. Play Celtics -6.5.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Philadelphia 76ers NBA Pick Prediction 10/22/2021
Nets at 76ers—NBA free pick is Brooklyn Nets -3. Joel Embiid is on the injury report and is questionable here as he is experiencing knee soreness. Depth is an issue here as also out are Shake Milton and Ben Simmons. They were able to get past a New Orleans team that was missing Zion. Nets were hot from three in their road defeat to Milwaukee as they made 53.1% Kyrie is out and no other Net is on the injury report. Play Brooklyn -3.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Chicago Bulls NBA Pick Prediction 10/22/2021
Pelicans at Bulls—Free pick is Chicago Bulls -7. Bulls an improved team as they add Lonzo Ball and DeMar DeRozan to a cast that has LaVine and Vucevic. Zion Williamson is out for New Orleans and Josh Hart lands on the injury report with a quad injury. Pelicans gave up 51.8% from the field along with 52% from three to the 76ers in a 20 point home defeat. Bulls held the Pistons to 40% shooting and 21.4% from three. Play Chicago -7.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets NBA Pick Prediction 10/22/2021
Thunder at Rockets—NBA pick is Houston Rockets -1.5. OKC held to only 86 points, 37.4% shooting and 20% from three in a 21 point loss at Utah. Rockets starting five superior to that of OKC in Green, Gordon, Porter, Theis and Wood. They shot 45.5% in their loss to Minnesota on the road. Five rookies make up the OKC bench. Play Houston -1.5.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Denver Nuggets NBA Pick Prediction 10/22/2021
Spurs at Nuggets—NBA free pick is San Antonio Spurs and Denver Nuggets to play over the total of 220 points. Spurs good shooting debut in their win against Orlando making 50% from the floor along with 43.3% from three. Spurs acquired Doug McDermott in the offseason and is a very good three point shooter. Denver shot well in their opener at Phoenix making 53% from the field along with 43.6% from three. Play Denver and San Antonio over 220.
Utah Jazz vs. Sacramento Kings NBA Pick Prediction 10/22/2021
Jazz at Kings—Free pick is Sacramento Kings +6. Sacramento has good shooters in Hield, Fox, Barnes and Holmes in the lineup. Kings have upgraded their bench. They opened with a three point win at Portland making 41.5% from three. Utah blew out Oklahoma City in their opener despite hitting 29.8% from three. Would rather take points getting over two possessions. Play Sacramento +6.
Phoenix Suns vs. LA Lakers NBA Pick Prediction 10/22/2021
Suns at Lakers—NBA pick is Phoenix Suns +1. Both teams coming off losses. Phoenix has more cohesive starting lineup with everyone back. They did add depth to their bench. Lakers three new starters alongside David and James as well as newcomers coming off the bench. Chemistry will take time. Westbrook 4 of 13 from the floor with four assists and five rebounds far shy from a triple double. Quiet debut for the surrounding cast around James and Davis. Play Phoenix +1.