Free NBA Picks For Today 11/17/2021
Washington Wizards vs. Charlotte Hornets NBA Pick Prediction 11/17/2021
Wizards at Hornets—Bradley Beal missed the past two games with personal issues. He came off the injury report so he is expected back on Wednesday. On the Charlotte side Gordon Hayward probable with a hamstring. Wizards carry a five game win streak after their five point win to New Orleans. Wizards have won and covered both games without Beal in the lineup. In that period the Wizards sit second in defensive efficiency by allowing 96.7 points per 100 possessions. Hornets have won three straight. 2-0 on this home stand beating the Warriors and Knicks. But Wizards in the better shooting and defensive form. Play Washington +2.5.
Indiana Pacers vs. Detroit Pistons NBA Pick Prediction 11/17/2021
Pacers at Pistons—Chris Duarte is questionable but the rest of the core for the Indiana Pacers are healthy. Pistons come off the 22 point home defeat to Sacramento. Detroit is third worst in offensive efficiency by averaging 99.8 points per 100 possessions. They are trending poorly in their past five games hitting on 42.5% with 33% from three while surrendering 48% and 39.1% from beyond the arc. Pacers in the better form both sides of the court. They have won five of eight sitting 11th in offensive efficiency with 111.4 points per 100 possessions. Play Indiana -6.
Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks NBA Pick Prediction 11/17/2021
Celtics at Hawks—Jaylen Brown remains out for the Celtics. Rebounder Robert Williams is questionable with a knee after exiting on Wednesday’s game. De’Andre Hunter remains out for Atlanta. Bogdanovic has played the past three games despite a questionable status. Hueter is questionable. Hawks have won both games on this homestand with 20 point win to Milwaukee and 18 to Orlando. Boston trending poorly from three as in their past five games hitting 30.7% and the Hawks hitting 46.8% overall and 40.4% from beyond the arc. Play Atlanta -4.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets NBA Pick Prediction 11/17/2021
Cavaliers at Nets—Cleveland a walking wounded. Out are Sexton, Markkanen and Mobley. This will be a back to back for Brooklyn after getting embarrassed at home to Golden St. Cavaliers with their injuries have put a focus on their defense. They have gone under in six of seven. In those seven games Cavaliers sit fourth in defensive efficiency by allowing 101 points per 100 possessions. Nets have defended well on the campaign. Play Cleveland and Brooklyn under 206.5.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Miami Heat NBA Pick Prediction 11/17/2021
Pelicans at Heat—Zion remains out but Brandan Ingram returned for the Pelicans. For Miami both Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo are questionable. With Ingram back the Pelicans beat Memphis by 11 and lost at Washington by five missing the cover by a half point. Despite the injuries the Heat have pounded OKC on the road and picked up a six point win at Utah. Play Miami -9.
Orlando Magic vs. New York Knicks NBA Pick Prediction 11/17/2021
Magic at Knicks—Key players remain out for the Magic in Carter-Williams, Fultz, Isaac and Moore. Jalen Suggs is questionable with an ankle injury. Other than Noel the Knicks are healthy. Knicks did break a two game losing streak with an eight point home win to the Pacers behind a strong defensive performance. They have gone under in four straight trying to correct the defense. Orlando has gone under in five of seven. In those seven games the Magic sit 29th and second last in offensive efficiency with 98.7 points per 100 possessions. Play New York and Orlando under 209.
LA Lakers vs. Milwaukee Bucks NBA Pick Prediction 11/17/2021
Lakers at Bucks—LA still without LeBron James, Arizona, Nunn and Reaves which are part of the regular rotation. Anthony Davis does show up on the injury report but probable with a thumb. On the Bucks side out are Lopez and DiVincenzo. Middleton is expected back with George Hill probable. Lakers have lost four of seven after their 121-103 home defeat to the Chicago Bulls. James have missed seven games for LA and the Lakers sit 27th in offensive efficiency with 101.2 points per 100 possessions. Bucks have two days of rest after a five game road trip. Play Milwaukee -8.
Sacramento Kings vs. Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Pick Prediction 11/17/2021
Kings at Timberwolves—The core players for both teams healthy. Sacramento stopped a four game losing streak after a win on the road to lowly Detroit. Overall the Kings have lost seven of nine. Timberwolves returned home healthy and covered in a three point home defeat to Phoenix. Suns were in a back to back and Timberwolves rested. Another poor shooting night for the Timberwolves as they shot 36% in defeat. Will go with the Kings shooting to carry them here. Minnesota past five games hitting 41%. Minnesota has lost eight of nine failing to cover eight of those games. In that stretch Minnesota sits 27th in offensive efficiency with 101.3 points per 100 possessions. Play Sacramento +2.
Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Pick Prediction 11/17/2021
Rockets at Thunder—Rockets have lost 13 of 14 to start the season. They sit last in offensive efficiency with 98.7 points per 100 possessions. They have lost by eight points or greater in five straight. In that period the Rockets are shooting 41.3% with 27.8% from three while surrendering 46.3%. Kevin Porter is questionable with a thigh injury for the Rockets. OKC is in the better defensive form and more competitive covering five of seven. Play Oklahoma City -3.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Phoenix Suns NBA Pick Prediction 11/17/2021
Mavericks at Suns—Key injury for the Mavericks as Luca Doncic is out with a sprained ankle. Also rotational player Maxi Kleber. Suns got good news as their big man Deandre Ayton returned to the lineup in the win at Minnesota. Phoenix have won nine straight. They sit second in defensive efficiency in that period allowing 98.4 points per 100 possessions. Mavericks trending poorly defensively in their past five games by allowing 47.7% shooting. Play Phoenix -8.
Chicago Bulls vs. Portland Trailblazers NBA Pick Prediction 11/17/2021
Bulls at Trailblazers—Vucevic and Williams remain out for Chicago. Damian Lillard shows up on the injury report as questionable but played through it on Monday with the ab injury. Norman Powell has an ankle injury and questionable. He contributes 16.7 points a game. Bulls have won four of five with their only loss coming to the Warriors. Team is trending well in this period hitting on 48.2% with 38.2% from three. Trailblazers in this period in poor defensive form by allowing 48.5% along with 41.7% from beyond the arc. Play Chicago +2.5.