Free NBA Picks For Today 12/22/2021
Orlando Magic vs. Atlanta Hawks NBA Pick Prediction 12/22/2021
Magic at Hawks—Huge injury list for the Magic. Usual suspects are out. Add Mo Bamba and Moritz Wagner. Cole Anthony is questionable with an ankle and has missed two games. Wendell Carter is questionable with a lower leg injury. On the Atlanta side Trae Young is out as is Gallinari, Hunter and Capela. Bogdan Bogdanovic is probable after missing eight games.
Orlando broke a seven game losing streak after their 100-93 road victory on Saturday to the Brooklyn Nets. Magic have gone under in four of five. In that period the Magic sit 28th in offensive efficiency with 103.7 points per 100 possessions. Hawks have lost five of seven following the 133-114 home defeat on Friday to the Denver Nuggets.
Hawks sit 25th in defensive efficiency in that seven game span allowing 115.8 points per 100 possessions. These teams met a week ago combining for 210 points. Play Orlando and Atlanta under 219.5.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics NBA Pick Prediction 12/22/2021
Cavaliers at Celtics—Celtics do have their core healthy. Horford and Parker are out. For Cleveland Evan Mobley is out. Also, notable out is Jarrett Allen. Cleveland ran their win streak to six straight following their 119-90 road win at Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday. They have covered 13 of 14.
Cavs sit fifth in offensive efficiency in that span scoring 114.7 points per 100 possessions. Defensively they sit second giving up 102 points per 100. Boston has lost five of seven following their 108-103 home defeat to Philadelphia 76ers. Boston 22nd in offensive efficiency in that period scoring 107.2 points per 100 possessions. Play Cleveland +6.5.
Toronto Raptors vs. Chicago Bulls NBA Pick Prediction 12/22/2021
Raptors at Bulls—Notable outs for Toronto are VanVleet, Trent, Siakam and Achiuwa. Khem Birch Questionable with a knee. On the Bulls side notables out are Caruso and Derrick Jones. Zach LaVine is doubtful. Toronto has won three of four with their 119-100 home win to Golden ST Warriors.
Chicago has won six of eight with their 133-118 home win to Houston Rockets. Bulls sit third in offensive efficiency in that eight game period scoring 115.6 points per 100 possessions. Too many impact players out for Toronto. Bulls have the better starting five with notables DeRozan, Vucevic, White and Ball. Play Chicago -8.5.
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Houston Rockets vs. Milwaukee Bucks NBA Pick Prediction 12/22/2021
Rockets at Bucks—Out for Houston are Kevin Porter and Jalen green. Christian Wood questionable with a knee in this front end of a back to back. Giannis, DiVencenzo, Lopez and Portis are out. Rockets have lost six of eight with their 133-118 road defeat to Chicago Bulls.
Rockets sit last in defensive efficiency during this period allowing 121.9 points per 100 possessions. Milwaukee has dropped three of for following their 119-90 home defeat to Cleveland Cavaliers. Bucks 23rd in offensive efficiency in this span scoring 105.3 points per 100 possessions. Milwaukee a net rating of -4.5 in the three games during this Giannis illness. Play Houston +10.5
Denver Nuggets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Pick Prediction 12/22/2021
Nuggets at Thunder—Aaron Gordon for the Nuggets questionable with a hamstring. The rest of the core for the Nuggets will play. The Thunder core is healthy. Denver has won three of four with their 133-115 road win at Atlanta Hawks. Nuggets second in offensive efficiency in this four game period scoring 117.9 points per 100 possessions.
OKC has won two straight after their 102-99 road win at Memphis Grizzlies. Thunder has covered five of seven. But OKC offense is 28th in offensive efficiency in this span scoring 105.7 points per 100 possessions. Look at the past five games for Nuggets they are shooting 49.1% with 39.8% from three with the Thunder shooting only 41.8% along with 31.9% from beyond the arc. Play Denver -5.
LA Clippers vs. Sacramento Kings NBA Pick Prediction 12/22/2021
Clippers at Kings—LA Clippers core are healthy. For Sacramento out are Fox, Bagley and Len along with several reserves. Richaun Holmes questionable with an eye as he has missed the past seven games. Clippers have lost three straight after their 116-92 home defeat to San Antonio Spurs. In those three games LAC 28th in offensive efficiency with 100.3 points per 100 possessions.
Sacramento has lost five of seven following the 113-98 road defeat to Golden St Warriors. Kings 26th in defensive efficiency in this period allowing 116.3 points per 100 possessions. Sacramento past five surrendering 49.9% from the floor along with 39.7% from three. Clips in the better defensive and three point shooting form as they are hitting 39.2% in this period. Play LA Clippers -6.
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