Free NBA Picks For Today 11/22/2021
Brooklyn Nets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Pick Prediction 11/22/2021
Nets at Cavaliers—The news was bad for the Cavaliers as they lose Collin Sexton for the season with a knee injury. Evan Mobley could miss up to a month with an elbow injury. On the Nets side Joe Harris is out. Reserves Bruce Brown and Nicolas Claxton both out. Without Sexton in the lineup the Cavaliers saw scoring reduce but defense improve. Over their past five games the Cavs are shooting 41.2% with 31.2% from three while holding opponents to 44.1% and 33.1% from beyond the arc. They have gone under in seven of nine as the Cavs sit 25th in offensive efficiency with 105.2 points per 100 possessions. On the defensive side they rank six in this period by surrendering 103.5 per 100. Nets have shown defensive improvement this year. Past five games holding opponents to 44.8% along with 32.7% from three. Play Cleveland and Brooklyn under 208.5.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Washington Wizards NBA Pick Prediction 11/22/2021
Hornets at Wizards—For Charlotte PJ Washington is doubtful with his elbow injury. He averages 10 points and 4.4 rebounds a game. For Washington reserve David Bertans still out. Wizards have been a good home team winning seven of eight. Hornets 4-6 on the road. Charlotte opened this trip with a ten point defeat at Atlanta where they allowed 52% shooting. Wizards returned home and beat the Heat 103-100 on Saturday. At home the Wizards sit in the top half of the league in offensive and defensive efficiency. Hornets defense has been poor on the highway where they give up 48.4% shooting. Wizards core players healthy in Beal, Kuzma and Dinwiddie. Play Washington -3.5.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Atlanta Hawks NBA Pick Prediction 11/22/2021
Thunder at Hawks—OKC has been competitive in games covering eight of their past ten after a six point loss at Boston on Saturday. In that ten game period the Thunder are holding teams to 40.9% shooting which is best in the league and 102.9 points per 100 possessions ranking fifth best in the league. Hawks play their fourth straight home game all resulting in wins and covers. Would prefer to take points with the team defending well. Play Oklahoma City +11.
Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics NBA Pick Prediction 11/22/2021
Rockets at Celtics—For Boston Jaylen Brown is expected to return on Monday. As is rebounder Robert Williams. On the Houston side Kevin Porter is questionable with a thigh injury. Rockets have lost 15 of 16 games. They did cover as a +10.5 underdog in a 106-99 defeat at New York Saturday. They are struggling offensively as in their past five games averaging 94 points and shooting 39.9% with 25.7% from three point range. Defense is about average at 44.9% in that period. Celtics defense has been good in this period by allowing 42.8%. Rockets are last in the NBA in offensive efficiency by averaging 98 points per 100 possessions. Play Boston and Houston under 212.5.
Indians Pacers vs. Chicago Bulls NBA Pick Prediction 11/22/2021
Pacers at Bulls—Bulls are still without Nikola Vucevic and Patrick Williams. Pacers have gotten healthier as out is only TJ Warren. Chicago is on a back to back after a 109-103 home win to the NY Knicks on Sunday. Pacers have been a poor road team with a mark of 2-9. On their recent road trip they fell by three at Charlotte, 8 at the Pistons and 8 at the Knicks. On the road the Pacers shoot 45.5% with 31.7% from three while surrendering 45.6% shooting and 37.1% from beyond the arc. Bulls have won and covered both games on back to backs this year. Play Chicago -3.5.
Orlando Magic vs. Milwaukee Bucks NBA Pick Prediction 11/22/2021
Magic at Bucks—On the Bucks side out are still DiVincenzo and Lopez. For Orlando it is Carter Williams, Fultz and Isaac out. Cole Anthony is questionable with an ankle injury. Reserve Gary Harris also questionable. This it he back half of a home and home series for Milwaukee. They took the first game at home 117-108 failing to cover the 12.5 point spread. Milwaukee has failed to cover seven of nine. The defense has slipped as the team sits 18th in defensive efficiency in this period by allowing 112.2 points per 100 possessions. Magic has covered three straight. Milwaukee is facing another down team after this game on Wednesday facing the Pistons so don’t see the Bucks motivated here. Play Orlando +13.5.
Phoenix Suns vs. San Antonio Spurs NBA Pick Prediction 11/22/2021
Suns at Spurs—Both teams core are healthy with a few reserves banged up on both sides. Suns will be on a back to back after a 29 point home win to an injured Denver Nuggets team. In back to back games this year the Suns have failed to cover both times averaging 102 points which is 9 points below overall average. They give up 115 which is ten points above overall average. Spurs return home off a bad road trip. But San Antonio has three days rest to get right in this spot under Popovich. Spot bad for the Suns here. Play San Antonio +6.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. New Orleans Pelicans NBA Pick Prediction 11/22/2021
Timberwolves at Pelicans—Zion continues to be out for the Pelicans. Point guard D’Andre Graham Questionable with a football injury. Timberwolves core is healthy. Timberwolves hit the road after wining three of four on their homestand. Timberwolves in good defensive form past five games by allowing 41.2% shooting along with 27.7% from three. New Orleans has dropped fifteen of eighteen to start the season. In their last home game they put on a good defensive effort in a 13 point win to the LA Clippers. When Brandan Ingram back in the lineup the Pelicans had won both of their home games with the other win coming against Memphis by 11. With the Pelicans performing well at home with Ingram back will take the home underdog. Play New Orleans +2.5.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Sacramento Kings NBA Pick Prediction 11/22/2021
76ers at Kings—Sacramento has fired Luke Walton on Sunday and Alvin Gentry takes over on an interim basis. Like most of this season the Kings have a clean injury report. Philadelphia is still without Joel Embiid. Danny Green is questionable with a hamstring. Sacramento has lost seven of eight. They sit 24th in this period in defensive efficiency by allowing 111.7 points per 100 possessions. Joel Embiid has missed six games. They sit 29th and second worst in defensive efficiency in that period by allowing 116.7 points per 100 possessions. 76ers have lost six of seven. Without Embiid the 76ers are allowing 47.3% shooting in his period. Look for a response from the Kings after the coaching game here. Play Sacramento -2.5.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Utah Jazz NBA Pick Prediction 11/22/2021
Grizzlies at Jazz—Memphis has been a poor road team as they have lost five of seven. They sit last in road defensive efficiency by allowing 132.3 points per 100 possessions. Utah has a clean injury report. For the Grizzlies Dillon Brooks and his 19.3 points per game is doubtful with a hammy. De’Anthony Melton a reserve who scores 10 a game and pulls down four boards is out. Sam Merrill a reserve is out. Utah has won three straight after their 123-105 road win at Sacramento. During this win streak the Jazz are shooting 52.3% and 42.3% from three. Grizzlies defensive form poor as in their past five games allowing 47% shooting along with 42.9% from three. Play Utah -9.