Free NBA Picks For Today 12/31/2021
Phoenix Suns vs. Boston Celtics NBA Pick Prediction 12/31/2021
Suns at Celtics—Phoenix will be without Ayton, Crowder and Kaminsky. Boston out is Tatum and Schroder. Phoenix broke a two game losing streak after their 115-97 home win to Oklahoma City Thunder who played without their best player Alexander.
Boston has lost three straight after their 91-82 home loss to an injury and illness riddled LA Clippers team. In this three game window the Celtics 27th in offensive efficiency by scoring 103.8 points per 100 possessions and allowing 109.3 per 100. Booker, Bridges and Paul healthy. Play Phoenix -3.5.
Chicago Bulls vs. Indiana Pacers NBA Pick Prediction 12/31/2021
Bulls at Pacers—Out for Chicago are Ball, Caruso and several reserves. On the Pacers side out are Lamb, Brogdon, Duarte and TJ McConnel. Chicago has won five straight after their 131-117 home win to Atlanta Hawks. Bulls best in offensive efficiency in this period scoring 125.4 points per 100 possessions while surrendering 114.7 per 100.
Indiana has lost five of seven with their 116-108 home defeat to Charlotte Hornets. Pacers 25th in defensive efficiency in this span by allowing 115.7 points per 100 possessions. Play Chicago -3.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Sacramento Kings NBA Pick Prediction 12/31/2021
Mavericks at Kings—Sacramento has a clean injury report. Out for Dallas are Doncic, Hardaway, Kleber, Burke and many reserves. Dallas has lost five of seven with their 95-94 road defeat to Sacramento Kings. Sacramento has won two straight after beating Dallas on Wednesday.
This is Game 2 of the two game series between these teams in Sacramento. After their 25 point home loss to Memphis the day after Christmas the Kings head coach Alvin Gentry went off on his team for their poor effort. Since they have responded covering both games. Mavericks have lost three of four on the road surrendering 113.7 points per 100 possessions. Play Sacramento +1.
Miami Heat vs. Houston Rockets NBA Pick Prediction 12/31/2021
Heat at Rockets—Miami a laundry list of injuries as out are Adebayo, Tucker and several reserves. Jimmy Butler questionable with an ankle. Kyle Lowry could return from quarantine. Houston is without Tate and Mathews. Miami has won six of seven following their 119-112 home win to Washington.
In this seven game period the Heat fifth in offensive efficiency with 115 points per 100 possessions while giving up 106.5 per 100. Houston has dropped seven of eight with their 132-123 home defeat to LA Lakers. Rockets last in defensive efficiency in this span surrendering 124.9 points per 100 possessions with a net rating of -15. Play Miami -4.5.
Atlanta Hawks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Pick Prediction 12/31/2021
Hawks at Cavaliers—Atlanta is without Bogdanovic, Huerta, Hunter and Wright. Gallinari is in protocol and questionable. Cleveland is without Collin Sexton and Ricky Rubio for the season. Jarrett Allen is questionable in protocol. Darius Garland is out. Atlanta has lost five of six with their 131-117 road defeat to Chicago Bulls.
Hawks 27th in defensive efficiency in this period by allowing 118.4 points per 100 possessions. On offense they are scoring 107.8 per 100. Cleveland has lost and failed to cover three of four dropping a 110-93 decision at Washington. Back to back for the Cavaliers and a day or rest for the Hawks. Trae Young, Cam Reddish and Clint Capela healthy for the Hawks. Cavs average only 99 points per game in back to backs which is 8 points below overall average. Play Atlanta +1.
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LA Clippers vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Pick Prediction 12/31/2021
Clippers at Raptors—LAC a laundry list of injury and illness. Out are Batum, Georgia, Hartenstein and Zubac. Reggie Jackson is questionable as he cleared protocols but had conditioning concerns. Toronto expects to have VanVleet, Anunoby, Barnes and Birch return. Clippers come off the 91-82 road win at a Boston team dealing with illness and injury.
Clippers have lost five of seven. LA 29th in offensive efficiency in this period scoring only 103.2 points per 100 possessions. Toronto has lost three of four following their 114-109 home defeat to Philadelphia But the Raptors have covered seven of nine sitting mid-pack in both offensive and defensive efficiency. Returning players for Toronto could be a big rusty and Clippers in poor offensive form. Play LA and Toronto under 210.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Memphis Grizzlies NBA Pick Prediction 12/31/2021
Spurs at Grizzlies—On the Spurs side out is Murry and Walker is questionable with a knee. Dillon Brooks out for Memphis as are several reserves. The Grizzlies core are healthy. San Antonio had their three game win streak snapped in a 110-104 home defeat to Utah Jazz. Spurs have three days rest and have covered four straight. San Antonio fourth in offensive efficiency in this span scoring 118.4 points per 100 possessions.
Tops on defense surrendering 99.8 points per 100. Memphis carries a three game win streak following their 104-99 home win to the LA Lakers. Grizzlies were rested and caught the Lakers in a back to back plus failed to cover. During this win streak Memphis third in offensive efficiency scoring 116.9 points per 100 possessions. Play Memphis and San Antonio over 225.5.
New York Knicks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Pick Prediction 12/31/2021
Knicks at Thunder—New York is without Rose, Noel and Randle. Evan Fournier is questionable with an ankle. Several reserves out. Oklahoma City Shai Gilgeous Alexander questionable with an ankle as soreness forced him to miss the game to Phoenix. New York has won four of five following their 94-85 road win at Detroit Pistons.
In this five game period the Knicks second in defensive efficiency by allowing 100 points per 100 possessions. OKC has lost three of four following their 115-97 road defeat to the Phoenix Suns. No Alexander for the Thunder in defeat. They have covered six of eight by holding teams to 107.7 points per 100 possessions good for ninth in the league in this period. Randle illness key here. Play Oklahoma City +7.5.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Utah Jazz NBA Pick Prediction 12/31/2021
Timberwolves at Jazz—Minnesota will be without Towns and Russell. Anthony Edwards is questionable and told media he plans to play. Jarred Vanderbilt questionable and may need conditioning prior to his return. For Utah Conley and Paschall are out. Joe Ingles questionable with a back.
Minnesota has lost three of four with their 96-88 home defeat to New York Knicks. Minnesota 23rd in offensive efficiency in this period scoring 107 point per 100 possessions while on defense surrendering 113.4 per 100 which is 21st. Utah has won five straight after their 120-105 road win at Portland. Jazz have failed to cover six of seven. They sit 13th in defensive efficiency in this period by allowing 108.8 points per 100 possessions. Play Minnesota +10.5.
Portland Trailblazers vs. LA Lakers NBA Pick Prediction 12/31/2021
Trailblazers at Lakers—LAL is without Davis, Nunn and Rondo. Avery Bradley is questionable. Trevor Ariza may play. For Portland out are CJ McCollum, Covington and Nurkic plus several reserves. Portland has lost eight of ten following their 120-105 home defeat to Utah Jazz. Trailblazers 26th in defensive efficiency in this span by allowing 114.2 points per 100 possessions.
LA has lost six of seven with their 104-99 road defeat on a back to back to the Memphis Grizzlies. Lakers 28th in offensive efficiency in this period by averaging 104.2 points per 100 possessions while surrendering 114.5 per 100 on defense. Trailblazers have lost 12 of 14 on the road. LAL net rating of -10.3 in this period makes it tough to lay nearly two possessions. Play Portland +5.5.
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