Free NBA Picks For Today 12/17/2021
Miami Heat vs. Orlando Magic NBA Pick Prediction 12/17/2021
Heat at Magic—The Heat are without Bam Adebayo, Jimmy Butler and Markieff Morris. Tyler Herro questionable with a quad. For Orlando they continue to be without Carter-Williams, Fultz, Isaac, Moore and Suggs. Cole Anthony is questionable with an ankle. Mo Bamba questionable with an ankle. Gary Harris with a hamstring is questionable.
Miami has won three of four following their 101-96 road win at Philadelphia. In that four game period Heat sit seventh in offensive efficiency with 110.2 points per 100 possessions and on defense ninth giving up 107 per 100. Orlando has lost six straight and fourteen of fifteen. In that period Magic 28th in offensive efficiency scoring 103.3 points per 100 possessions. 25th on the defensive side surrendering 114.2 per 100. Play Miami -3.
Denver Nuggets vs. Atlanta Hawks NBA Pick Prediction 12/17/2021
Nuggets at Hawks—Bogdan Bogdanovic and DeAndre Hunter remain out for the Hawks. For Denver their core is healthy. Denver comes off the 124-107 home defeat to Minnesota Timberwolves. Nuggets sit 27th in road defensive efficiency by allowing 113.6 points per 100 possessions along with 48% shooting.
Hawks broke a two game losing streak following their 111-99 road win at Orlando. Hawks have dropped five straight at home. Atlanta shooting form has been strong past five games hitting 46.8% from the field along with 41.6% from three. Nuggets in this period shooting well at 47.7% and 36.8% from beyond the arc. Play Atlanta and Denver over 221.
Golden St Warriors vs. Boston Celtics NBA Pick Prediction 12/17/2021
Warriors at Celtics—Golden St and Boston core are healthy. Golden St has won four of five after their 105-96 road win to New York Knicks. Warriors have gone under in eight of ten with a push. They sit third in defensive efficiency in that span by allowing 101 points per 100 possessions.
Boston broke a four game losing streak after their 117-103 home win to Milwaukee Bucks. Celtics under in three of four. Offensively in that period 105.5 points scored per 100 possessions. Play Golden St and Boston under 214.5.
Milwaukee Bucks vs. New Orleans Pelicans NBA Pick Prediction 12/17/2021
Bucks at Pelicans—The Pelicans core players are healthy. For Milwaukee out are Giannis, Lopez, DiVincenzo, Portis and Matthews. Middleton is probable with a knee. Bucks have won seven of ten with their 114-99 home win to Indiana Pacers. Bucks sit eighth in offensive efficiency in that period scoring 114.4 points per 100 possessions.
New Orleans comes off the 113-110 road win at Oklahoma City. Pelicans have failed to cover four of five. In that period Pelicans allowing 46% shooting. Bucks have won two of three without Giannis in the lineup. Play Milwaukee -3.
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San Antonio Spurs vs. Utah Jazz NBA Pick Prediction 12/17/2021
Spurs at Jazz—Reserve Lonnie Walker is questionable. The Jazz core is healthy. San Antonio has lost four of six with the 131-115 home defeat to Charlotte Hornets. Spurs had two days rest and no travel for this game. In that six game period Spurs sit 25th in defensive efficiency with 117.8 points per 100 possessions.
Jazz in streak is eight following their 124-103 home win to LA Clippers. During this streak Jazz tops in offensive efficiency with 127.4 points per 100 possessions. On defense the team sits sit ninth by allowing 108.5 points per 100. Spurs defensive current form horrible as in past five games allowing 48.7% along with 43.2% from three. Play Utah -11.5.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Portland Trailblazers NBA Pick Prediction 12/17/2021
Hornets at Trailblazers—Lonzo Ball is questionable with COVID protocols but could return here. For Portland CJ McCollum, Cody Zeller and Tony Snell out. Reserve Dennis Smith questionable. Charlotte comes off the 131-115 road win at San Antonio. Hornets have played to over in nine of ten. In that span they sit tops in offensive efficiency with 123.1 points per 100 possessions. They are last on the defensive side giving up 124.2 per 100.
Portland has lost seven straight with their 113-103 home defeat to Memphis Grizzlies. During this losing streak the Trailblazers allowing 114.3 points per 100 possessions. On offense they are scoring 100.1 per 100 possessions worst in the league. Play Charlotte +2.
LA Lakers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Pick Prediction 12/17/2021
Lakers at Timberwolves—Minnesota has a clean injury report. For the Lakers out are Westbrook, Bradley, Nunn, Howard, Horton-Tucker and Ariza. LeBron James expected to play through his ab issue. Davis expected to go with his knee. LA has won three straight six of eight with their 107-104 road win to Dallas Mavericks. In that seven game span the Lakers holding teams to 103 points per 100 possessions good for fourth in the league.
Under has come in six of those games. Minnesota has won two straight with their 124-107 road win at Denver Nuggets. Timberwolves have won both games with Russell back in the lineup as they are shooting 48% from the floor along with 44% from three. Play Minnesota +1.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Sacramento Kings NBA Pick Prediction 12/17/2021
Grizzlies at Kings—Grizzlies remain to be without Morant, Merrill and Clarke. On the Kings side Bagley, King and Davis are out. Richaun Holmes is doubtful. Haliburton questionable with a back. Fox and Len with COVID protocols are doubtful. Meto questionable with knee. Kings interim coach Gentry out with COVID.
Memphis has won nine of ten with their 113-103 road win at Portland Trailblazers. In that ten game period, Grizzlies best in defensive efficiency by allowing 96.6 points per 100 possessions. On offense they are putting up 115.2 per 100. Sacramento defensive form poor as in their past five games allowing 50.5% shooting with 37.4% from three. Play Memphis -4.
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