Free NBA Picks For Today 12/19/2021
Miami Heat vs. Detroit Pistons NBA Pick Prediction 12/19/2021
Heat at Pistons—Out for Detroit are Jerami Grant and Kelly Olynyk. Ban Adebayo out for the Heat. Jimmy Butler is questionable with a back on Sunday. Herro is questionable with a quad. Miami has won four of five with the 115-105 road win at Orlando Magic on Friday. Heat ninth in defensive efficiency in this period by allowing 106.4 points per 100 possessions. On offense they sit seventh with 115.1 per 100. It is now a twelve game losing streak for Detroit with the 116-107 home defeat to Houston Rockets on Saturday. They are in a back to back. Pistons last in offensive efficiency in this span by scoring 100.7 points per 100 possessions. Past five games Pistons allowing 47.4% shooting. In that period the Heat shooting 48.2% along with 43.5% from three. Play Miami -5.
Portland Trailblazers vs. Memphis Grizzlies NBA Pick Prediction 12/19/2021
Trailblazers at Grizzlies—CJ McCollum and Cody Zeller are out for the Trailblazers. On the Memphis side Ja Morant, Sam Merril and Brandon Clarke are out. Memphis has won 11 of 12 with the 124-105 road win at Sacramento Kings. Grizzlies in that twelve game period first in defensive efficiency by allowing 99.7 points per 100 possessions. They are scoring 114.2 in that span. Portland broke a seven game losing streak with the 125-116 home win to Charlotte Hornets. Portland 28th in offensive efficiency during this eight game span scoring just 103.2 points per 100 possessions. They have lost 11 of 12 on the road sitting last in defensive efficiency on the highway by allowing 117.7 points per 100 possessions. Play Memphis -4.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Sacramento Kings NBA Pick Prediction 12/19/2021
Spurs at Kings—San Antonio has a clean injury report. For Sacramento out are Bagley, Fox, Len, Davis, Mitchell and King. Richaun Holmes is questionable. San Antonio has won six of ten with the 128-126 road win at Utah on Friday. Spurs sit third in offensive efficiency in that ten game period with 116.5 points per 100 possessions. Sacramento has lost four of five with the 124-105 home defeat to Memphis. Kings are 25th in defensive efficiency in that five game period by allowing 116.2 points per 100 possessions. They sit 21sts on the offensive side. Play San Antonio -3.5.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Atlanta Hawks NBA Pick Prediction 12/19/2021
Cavaliers at Hawks—Evan Mobley is out for the Cavaliers. On the Hawks side D’Andre Hunter is out. Trae Young questionable with soreness. Bogdan Bogdanovic is questionable. He has missed a month and could be on a minutes limit. Cleveland is on a back to back after facing Milwaukee on Saturday. They had won nine of eleven as they took to court to battle Milwaukee ranking second in defensive efficiency allowing 100.4 points per 100 possessions. They sit seventh on the offensive side in that period scoring 114.9 per 100. Cavs have covered four of five in back to backs. Play Cleveland +5.5.
Denver Nuggets vs. Brooklyn Nets NBA Pick Prediction 12/19/2021
Nuggets at Nets—The core players for the Nuggets are healthy. It is a laundry list of injuries and illness for the Nets. Out for Brooklyn are Durant, Harden, Harris, Millsap, Aldridge and many reserves. Blake Griffin is questionable with knee tightness. Brooklyn comes off the 100-93 home defeat to Orlando. Denver has won three of four with the 133-115 road win to Atlanta Hawks. Nuggets sit fourth in offensive efficiency in that period with 117.9 points per 100 possessions. Play Denver.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Philadelphia 76ers NBA Pick Prediction 12/19/2021
Pelicans at 76ers—Other than Zion the Pelicans are healthy. For Philadelphia reserves Korkmaz and Niang out. Joel Embiid questionable with ankle soreness. Tyrese Maxey is questionable with a quad. New Orleans has won three of four after their 116-112 home overtime win to injury riddled Milwaukee Bucks. Pelicans sit ninth in defensive efficiency in this four game period allowing 106.2 points per 100 possessions. It is three straight defeats and four of five for Philadelphia with their 114-105 road defeat to Brooklyn Nets. 76ers in this period second last in offensive efficiency with 102.5 points per 100 possessions and on defense allowing 115.7 per 100 which is 23rd. They have failed to cover six of seven. Play New Orleans +6.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Pick Prediction 12/19/2021
Mavericks at Timberwolves—Doncic remains out as do several reserves. Anthony Edwards is out for Minnesota. Timberwolves have won three straight with the 110-92 home win to LA Lakers. Team is fourth in defensive efficiency in this period allowing 100.6 points per 100 possessions. On offense they are scoring 114 per 100. Dallas comes off the 107-104 home defeat in overtime Wednesday to the LA Lakers. They have lost five of eight sitting 26th in offensive efficiency with 106.3 points per 100 possessions. Mavs have gone under in eight straight. Play Minnesota and Dallas under 214.5.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Phoenix Suns NBA Pick Prediction 12/19/2021
Hornets at Suns—Charlotte has a clean injury report. Frank Kaminsky out for the Suns. Devin Booker is questionable as he returned to practice on Saturday. He has missed seven games and could have a minutes restriction. Charlotte has lost seven of ten with the 125-116 road defeat to Portland Trailblazers. Hornets have played to over in eight of ten with a push. In that ten game stand the Hornets last in defensive efficiency allowing 125.6 points per 100 possessions. On offense they sit second scoring 122 per 100. Phoenix has won eight of ten with the 118-98 home win to Washington Wizards on Thursday. Suns are putting up 109.3 points per 100 possessions in that period. Charlotte past five games hitting 50.1% with 39.5% from three. On defense Hornets allowing in this span 48.4% along with 39.5% from three. Play Phoenix and Charlotte over 226.5.
LA Lakers vs. Chicago Bulls NBA Pick Prediction 12/19/2021
Lakers at Bulls—LA will be without Davis, Bradley, Nunn, Reaves and Horton Tucker. For Chicago Zach Lavine out as are several reserves. The remainder of the core are healthy for the Bulls in Ball, Green, DeRozan and Vucevic. Lakers come off the 110-92 road defeat to Minnesota Timberwolves. They have failed to cover both games on this road trip as they are averaging only 94.3 points per 100 possessions. Chicago returns home with a two game losing streak with their 118-92 defeat at Miami Heat eight days ago. Bulls were sidelined with COVID breakout. Bulls lone layoff they could be rusty. Lakers on this trip allowing 100 points per 100 possessions. Play LA and Chicago under 216.5.