Free NBA Picks For Today 12/26/2021
Orlando Magic vs. Miami Heat NBA Pick Prediction 12/26/2021
Magic at Heat—Still a laundry list of injuries for the Magic. Cole Anthony is questionable with an ankle and has missed three straight. Wendell Carter also questionable with a leg. Heat decimated with injury and illness as out are Lowry, Adebayo and Morris. Jimmy Butler is questionable with a tailbone missing eight games. PJ Tucker is questionable with a leg and has missed the past two games.
Orlando broke a two game losing streak with their 110-104 home win to New Orleans Pelicans. They have played to under in five of seven as they sit 25th in offensive efficiency with 105.5 points per 100 possessions. Miami has won four of five following their 115-112 home win to Detroit Pistons. Heat fifth in offensive efficiency in this span scoring 114.9 points per 100 possessions as they are shooting 46.5% along with 41.4% from three in this period. Play Miami and Orlando over 206.5.
Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Pick Prediction 12/26/2021
Raptors at Cavaliers—Toronto is without VanVleet, Anunoby, and Trent. Siakam and Birch are questionable. On the Cleveland side notables Mobley and Jarrett Allen out. Toronto last played on December 18th with their 119-100 home win to Golden ST. They had VanVleet, Anunoby and Trent in the lineup in the win. Today they are not.
Cleveland had their six game win streak snapped in a 111-101 road defeat on Wednesday to the Boston Celtics. Past seven games Cavaliers sit third in offensive efficiency with 115 points per 100 possessions posting a net rating of +16.3. Play Cleveland -8.5.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Washington Wizards NBA Pick Prediction 12/26/2021
76ers at Wizards—Out for Philadelphia are Milton, Green and Drummond. Maxey is questionable with protocols as in Niang. Bradley Beal is out for the Wizards as is Caldwell-Pope. Philadelphia has lost four of five following their 98-96 defeat to injury and illness riddled Atlanta Hawks.
Past five games Philadelphia 29th in offensive efficiency with 103.1 points per 100 possessions. They are giving up 112.9 per 100 on defense with a net rating of -9.8. Washington carries a two game win streak off their 124-117 road win at NY Knicks. This was without Beal in the lineup as Kuzma, Gafford, Holiday and Dinwiddie scored in the double digits and were able to get two off their bench contribute for 29 points. Play Washington +3.5.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Sacramento Kings NBA Pick Prediction 12/26/2021
Grizzlies at Kings—Memphis core are healthy with the recent return of Ja Morant to the lineup. For Sacramento De’Aaron Fox questionable with protocols. Grizzlies has lost three straight after their 113-104 road defeat to Golden St Warriors on Thursday. During this streak the Grizzlies averaging 103.8 points per 100 possessions while allowing 110 per 100.
Sacramento has lost six of eight following their 105-89 home defeat to LA Clippers. Kings 24th in offensive efficiency in this eight game span scoring 106.8 points per 100 possessions while allowing 115.5 per 100 that adds up to a -8.6 rating. Play Memphis -4.5.
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New Orleans Pelicans vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Pick Prediction 12/26/2021
Pelicans at Thunder—OKC has a clean injury report. Valanciunas is out for New Orleans. New Orleans has won four straight following their 110-104 road win at Orlando Magic. In this four game period the Pelicans seventh in offensive efficiency with 113.9 points per 100 possessions. On defense they are holding opponents to 107.6 per 100 for a net rating of +6.3.
Oklahoma City had their three game win streak snapped in a 113-101 road defeat to Phoenix Suns. Despite the loss the Thunder was on a back to back in that spot and has covered five straight. They are third in defensive efficiency in this period by allowing 105.5 points per 100 possessions. Play New Orleans and Oklahoma City under 210.5.
Detroit Pistons vs. San Antonio Spurs NBA Pick Prediction 12/26/2021
Pistons at Spurs—Detroit scorers remain out in Jerami Grant and Cade Cunningham as well as a boatload of reserves. On San Antonio McDermott is probable and that makes their injury report clean. Pistons have lost 16 of 17 after their 115-112 road defeat to injury and illness riddled Miami Heat. Past fifteen games, Grant has missed six games. In that span they are averaging 104.3 points per 100 possessions.
San Antonio has won three of four on their completed road trip following their 138-110 road win at LA Lakers. Spurs tops in offensive efficiency in this win streak scoring 121.6 points per 100 possessions with a net rating of +11.2. Play San Antonio -10.
Indiana Pacers vs. Chicago Bulls NBA Pick Prediction 12/26/2021
Pacers at Bulls—Indiana starters Brogdon questionable with an Achilles and Sabonis with a calf. Alex Caruso out for Chicago with Zach LaVine expected to play but could be on a minutes restrictions or need conditioning by not playing since December 11th. Indiana has won two of three with their 118-106 home win to Houston Rockets.
In those three games Pacers 27th in defensive efficiency by allowing 119.4 points per 100 possessions. Chicago carries a two game win streak with their 133-116 home win to Chicago Bulls. Two straight wins on this home stand with their offense producing 127.2 points per 100 possessions and on defense allowing 116.9 per 100. Play Chicago and Indiana over 218.5.
Denver Nuggets vs. LA Clippers NBA Pick Prediction 12/26/2021
Nuggets at Clippers—On the Denver side Anthon Gordon is probable with a hamstring. The rest of their core is healthy. Paul George and Reggie Jackson out. Denver has lost three of four with their 115-107 home defeat to Charlotte Hornets. In that period the Nuggets allowing 113.2 points per 100 possessions.
LAC broke a three game losing streak after their 105-98 road win at injury and illness riddled Sacramento Kings. In that four game span the Clippers last in offensive efficiency with 102.5 points per 100 possessions. Play Denver -4.
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