Free NBA Picks For Today 12/29/2021
New York Knicks vs. Detroit Pistons NBA Pick Prediction 12/29/2021
Knicks at Pistons—Derrick Rose and Nerlens Noel are out. On the Detroit side out is Jerami Grant and many reserves. Cade Cunningham is questionable with COVID protocols. New York has won two of three with their 101-87 home win to Atlanta Hawks. On their completed home stand the Knicks sat seventh in defensive efficiency allowing 105.6 points per 100 possessions. Detroit has dropped 16 of 17 following their 144-109 road defeat to San Antonio Spurs. Grant has missed seven games and Pistons averaging only 103.5 points per 100 possessions and surrendering 112.8 per 100. Play New York Knicks -6.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Indiana Pacers NBA Pick Prediction 12/29/2021
Hornets at Pacers—Out for Charlotte is Bridges and Washington. Malcolm Brogdon is questionable with an Achilles for the Pacers. Charlotte has won two straight after their 123-99 home win to Houston Rockets. Hornets have covered seven of ten. But they sit 28th in defensive efficiency in this period by allowing 117.4 points per 100 possessions. Charlotte is 29th in defensive efficiency on the road. Indiana has lost four of six following their 113-105 road defeat to Chicago Bulls. Pacers 28th in defensive efficiency in this period by allowing 116.4 per 100 possessions. Play Charlotte and Indiana over 227.5.
LA Clippers vs. Boston Celtics NBA Pick Prediction 12/29/2021
Clippers at Celtics—Laundry list for the Clippers as out are George, Batum, Jackson as well as a lot of reserves. For Boston out is Tatum and Marcus Smart questionable with a handful of reserves. LAC has lost five of six following their 124-108 home defeat to Brooklyn Nets. Clippers 29th in offensive efficiency in this period scoring only 103.4 points per 100 possessions while on defense surrendering 111.3 per 100. Boston has dropped four of six following their 108-103 road defeat to Minnesota Timberwolves. Celtics in efficiency scoring and surrendering 109 points per 100 possessions but showing a better net rating than the Clippers. Play Boston -5.
Atlanta Hawks vs. Chicago Bulls NBA Pick Prediction 12/29/2021
Hawks at Bulls—Bogdanovic, Gallinari, Hunter and Collins are out as several reserves. Trae Young plays his second game back from illness. For Chicago out are Ball, Caruso and several reserves. Atlanta has lost six of eight with their 130-118 home defeat to Chicago Bulls. Hawks sit 26th in defensive efficiency in this period by allowing 114.9 points per 100 possessions. Chicago has won four straight following their 130-118 road win at Atlanta. Bulls best in offensive efficiency during this streak scoring 124.9 points per 100 possessions. Play Chicago -8.5.
LA Lakers vs. Memphis Grizzlies NBA Pick Prediction 12/29/2021
Lakers at Grizzlies—LAL continues to be without Davis, Ellington, Bazemore, Ariza, Nunn, Reaves and Rondo. LeBron James has been playing through an ab injury. Dillon Brooks along with several reserves out for the Grizzlies. Memphis wins two of three on their road trip following the 114-113 road win to Phoenix Suns coming on a back to back. On the trip the Grizzlies were fifth in offensive efficiency scoring 116.6 points per 100 possessions. Lakers are on a back to back after facing the Rockets in Houston on Tuesday and coming out with a win. This broke a five game losing streak for the Lakers as they sat last in offensive efficiency scoring 99.4 points per 100 possessions prior to their win. Play Memphis -3.5.
Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs NBA Pick Prediction 12/29/2021
Heat at Spurs—Miami continue to be without Adebayo, Tucker and Lowry as well as many reserves. Dejounte Murray out for the Spurs. Miami has won eight of ten following their 119-112 home win to Washington Wizards. Heat in those ten games fourth in defensive efficiency allowing 104.9 points per 100 possessions. San Antonio had their three game snapped in a 110-104 home defeat on a back to back to the Utah Jazz. Spurs did cover and has covered four straight. In this span the Spurs fifth in offensive efficiency scoring 118.4 points per 100 possessions. On defense San Antonio sits second on the defensive side allowing 99.8 points per 100. Play San Antonio -2.5.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Phoenix Suns NBA Pick Prediction 12/29/2021
Thunder at Suns—Tre Mann and Josh Giddey are out along with several reserves for the Thunder. On the Suns side out are Ayton, Crowder and Kaminsky. As they traveled to Sacramento the Thunder had won four of five covering six straight. OKC dropped a six point decision as an underdog of six. They do sit fourth in defensive efficiency in this period by allowing 105.7 points per 100 possessions. Phoenix has lost two straight after their 114-113 home defeat to the Memphis Grizzlies. They have lost two of three on this homestand failing to cover all three. Suns in this period 18th in defensive efficiency by allowing 112.6 points per 100 possessions. Play Oklahoma City +15.
Utah Jazz vs. Portland Trailblazers NBA Pick Prediction 12/29/2021
Jazz at Trailblazers—Donovan Mitchell is out for Utah. On the Portland side McCollum, Covington, Blevins, Nurkic, Zeller and several reserves are out. Utah has won four straight following their 110-104 road win at San Antonio Spurs. Jazz have failed to cover six straight. OKC dropped a six point decision at Sacramento In this span Jazz 10th in defensive efficiency by allowing 108.9 points per 100 possessions. Portland has lost eight of ten following the 132-117 home defeat to Dallas Mavericks. Portland sits 26th in defensive efficiency in that period of ten games by surrendering 116.6 points per 100 possessions. Play Portland and Utah over 229.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Sacramento Kings NBA Pick Prediction 12/29/2021
Mavericks at Kings—Reserves Len and Mitchell are out for the Kings. On the Dallas side out are Doncic, Hardaway and Burke. Kleber also out. Dallas had dropped four of five prior to their 132-117 road win at Portland Trailblazers. Over has come in four of five. Mav scoring 116.1 points per 100 possessions in this period while surrendering 113.6 per 100. Sacramento is on a back to back after facing Oklahoma City on Wednesday. Kings had lost seven of nine entering that game. They have failed to cover four of six in back to back games. Dallas broke a two game losing streak after their 132-117 road win at Portland Trailblazers. On this road trip Mavs scoring 123.4 points per 100 possessions while giving up 117.3 per 100. Play Dallas -1.