Free NBA Picks For Today 12/18/2021
Houston Rockets vs. Detroit Pistons NBA Pick Prediction 12/18/2021
Rockets at Pistons—Jerami Grant and Kelly Olynyk remain out for the Pistons. For Houston Kevin Porter and Jalen Green are both out. Christian Wood is questionable with tendinitis in his knee which has forced him to miss the past two games. Armani Brooks questionable with an ankle. Houston has lost four of five with the 116-103 home defeat to the NY Knicks.
Defense has been very poor for the Rockets in that five game period by surrendering 124.4 points per 100 possessions which is 30th and last in the league. Their offense is producing 112.9 per 100. Pistons have lost thirteen straight with their 122-113 road defeat to Indiana Pacers.
Team sits 29th in offensive efficiency in that period by allowing 101.6 points per 100 possessions. On the defensive side they give up 112.3 per 100 ranking 21st. Rockets defense trending poorly in this five game period by allowing 50.6% shooting and 41.5%. Play Detroit -1.5.
New York Knicks vs. Boston Celtics NBA Pick Prediction 12/18/2021
Knicks at Celtics—Boston will be without Dennis Schroder, Al Horford, Romeo Langford, Jabari Parker and Grant Williams. On the Knicks side RJ Barrett is questionable. Derrick Rose is questionable with an ankle. New York had lost six of seven prior to their 116-103 road win at Houston Rockets.
In this eight game period the Knicks sitting 26th in defensive efficiency by allowing 116.6 points per 100 possessions. Boston is on a back to back after their 111-107 home defeat to Golden St Warriors.
Celtics have lost four of five. Boston sits 26th in offensive efficiency in this span scoring 106.3 points per 100 possessions. Celtics missing several reserves so depth is an issue in this back to back with Knicks having rest advantage. Play New York +4.5.
Orlando Magic vs. Brooklyn Nets NBA Pick Prediction 12/18/2021
Magic at Nets—Laundry list of injuries for both teams. Out for Brooklyn are Durant, Harden, Aldridge, Harris, Millsap and several reserves. Claxton is questionable with a wrist. David Duke probable. Orlando continues to be without Carter-Williams, Fultz, Isaac, Moore and Suggs. Wagner, Bamba and Ross also out. Wendell Carter doubtful with leg injury.
Orlando has lost seven straight after their 115-105 home defeat to Miami Heat. In this period the Magic 28th in defensive efficiency with 120.3 points allowed per 100 possessions. Team sits 24th on the offensive side with 108.2 per 100. Nets have won four straight with the 114-105 home win to Philadelphia. Nets seventh in defensive efficiency in that span by allowing 106.5 points per 100 possessions. Play Brooklyn -2.
Golden St Warriors vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Pick Prediction 12/18/2021
Warriors at Raptors—Jordan Poole is out with COVID protocols. On the Raptors side OG Anunoby practices on Thursday and is questionable with a hip. Achiuwa questionable with COVID. Goran Dragic out. Khem Birch is doubtful. Golden St has won five of six with the 111-107 road win at Boston Celtics on Friday.
Warriors sit third in defensive efficiency in this six game period by allowing 101.9 points per 100 possessions. Toronto two game win streak snapped in a 131-129 road overtime defeat to Brooklyn Nets. Raptors have won four of six. They sit seventh in defensive efficiency in that period holding teams to 105.2 points per 100 possessions. Play Golden St and Toronto under 209.5.
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LA Clippers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Pick Prediction 12/18/2021
Clippers at Thunder—Paul George for the Clippers questionable with his elbow. He has missed four games in a row. Nicolas Batum is questionable with an ankle injury. OKC guard Luguentz Dort is questionable with an ankle. Clippers four game win streak snapped in a 124-103 road defeat to Utah Jazz.
LAC in that five game period sitting 19th in offensive efficiency with 109.2 points per 100 possessions. They are tenth on the defensive side with 106.5 points per 100 points allowed. OKC has lost three straight with their 113-110 home defeat to New Orleans Pelicans. It is eight losses in ten games for the Thunder. Oklahoma St 29th in offensive efficiency with 101.2 points per 100 possessions and a net rating of -13. Play LA Clippers -4.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Milwaukee Bucks NBA Pick Prediction 12/18/2021
Cavaliers at Bucks—Collin Sexton out for the season for the Cavs. Evan Mobley is questionable with a hip. He did participate in practice on Friday. Landry list of injuries for Milwaukee. Out are Lopez, DiVincenzo, Giannis, Middleton, Portis and Matthews. Cleveland has won five straight and nine of eleven following their 124-89 home win to Houston Rockets.
In that eleven game period the Cavs are second in defensive efficiency by allowing 100.4 points per 100 possessions. They are seventh on the offensive side scoring 114.9 points per 100 possessions. Milwaukee comes off the 116-112 road overtime loss to New Orleans Pelicans on Friday. Bucks have failed to cover five of seven and in on a back to back here. Bucks net rating in this period is +3.5 and Cleveland +12.7. Cavs have two days rest here. Play Cleveland +1.5.
Washington Wizards vs. Utah Jazz NBA Pick Prediction 12/18/2021
Wizards at Jazz—Washington core is healthy. Donovan Mitchell for Utah is questionable with an illness. Washington has lost seven of eight following their 118-98 road defeat on Thursday to the Phoenix Suns. Wizards have failed to cover seven straight with a push. In this period Washington 28th in defensive efficiency by allowing 118.3 points per 100 possessions.
On offense they are converting 106.6 per 100. Utah had their eight game win streak snapped in a 128-126 home defeat to San Antonio Spurs. In this eight game span the Jazz best in offensive efficiency with 127.4 points per 100 possessions which is best in the league. Net rating in this period +18.9 and Wizards -11.8. Play Utah -11.
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