Free NBA Picks For Today 1/2/2022
New York Knicks vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Pick Prediction 1/2/2022
Knicks at Raptors—Laundry list of injuries for the Knicks as out are Randle, Rose, and Noel and many reserves. Fournier is questionable with an ankle but played on Friday through it. On the Toronto side Scottie Barnes is probable.
New York had their three game win streak snapped in a 95-80 road defeat at Oklahoma City. They have gone under in four straight. They are last in offensive efficiency in this period scoring 98.7 points per 100 possessions while on defense surrendering 94.7 per 100 and best on that side of the court.
Toronto broke a two game losing streak after their 116-108 home win to LA Clippers. Toronto got many of their sidelined players back in this win. The core is healthy for the Raptors. Play Toronto -7.
Orlando Magic vs. Boston Celtics NBA Pick Prediction 1/2/2022
Magic at Celtics—Still may out for Orlando. Mo Bamba is questionable with conditioning off COVID. On the Celtics side Jayson Taum is questionable as is Robert Williams. Orlando has lost four straight after their 136-118 home defeat to Milwaukee Bucks. In that four game period the Magic are allowing 119.9 points per 100 possessions while scoring 106.7.
Boston broke a three game losing streak off their 123-108 home win to Phoenix Suns. Celtics current shooting form not good past five games as they are shooting 42.7% along with 30.4% from three and sitting 19th in offensive efficiency in this period. Play Orlando +11.
Indiana Pacers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Pick Prediction 1/2/2022
Pacers at Cavaliers—Indiana will be without Brogdon, Duarte Lamb and several reserves. Several of their core are healthy. Cavs without Garland and Rondo. Both Rubio and Sexton out for the season. Indiana has lost three straight after their 108-106 home defeat to Chicago Bulls. They did cover despite losing on a buzzer beater to a hot team. it is now six losses in their past eight games. They sit 24th in defensive efficiency in this period by allowing 114.6 points per 100 possessions while scoring 109.1.
Cleveland has lost three straight following their 121-118 home loss to Atlanta Hawks. Cavs sit 25th in defensive efficiency in this period surrendering 119.4 points per 100 possessions. They lost Rubio for two of those games and in game in the other. Rubio injury huge for Cleveland. Play Indiana +4.
Miami Heat vs. Sacramento Kings NBA Pick Prediction 1/2/2022
Heat at Kings—Out for Miami are Adebayo, Morris and several reserves. On the Kings side Richaun Holmes out with COVID. Miami has won seven of eight following their 120-110 road win at Houston Rockets. In this eight game period the Heat fourth in offensive efficiency with 115.2 points per 100 possessions.
On defense they sit sixth surrendering 106.7 per 100. Sacramento has lost four of six following their 112-96 home defeat to Dallas Mavericks. Kings in this period sit 21sts in defensive efficiency by allowing 113.4 points per 100 possessions while 29th and second last on the offensive side scoring 102.1 per 100. Play Miami -2.5.
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Phoenix Suns vs. Charlotte Hornets NBA Pick Prediction 1/2/2022
Suns at Hornets—Phoenix is without Ayton, Crowder, Kaminsky and several reserves. For Charlotte Bridges questionable as is Washington. Phoenix has lost three of four following their 123-108 road defeat at Boston Celtics. They have failed to cover four of five sitting 19th in defensive efficiency by allowing 112.2 points per 100 possessions. On the offensive side they sit 10th scoring 113.5 per 100.
Charlotte has won three straight following their 116-108 road win at Indiana Pacers. Hornets third in defensive efficiency in this span by allowing 101.3 points per 100 possessions. Charlotte has covered 11 of 13 at home. Play Charlotte +3.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Pick Prediction 1/2/2022
Mavericks at Thunder—Dallas expected to have Luka Doncic return. Porzingis is expected to rest on Sunday. Burke and Knight are out as are several reserves. On OKC out are Gilgeous-Alexander, Robinson-Earl and Bazley. Dallas is 2-2 on this road trip following their 112-96 road win at Sacramento. They sit fourth in offensive efficiency on this road trip by scoring 117.9 points per 100 possessions and allowing 110.6 on defense.
Oklahoma City broke a two game losing streak after their 95-80 home win to an illness and injured New York Knicks team. Without Alexander the Thunder lost by 22 at Phoenix and suffered that humiliating 152-79 road defeat at Memphis. Play Dallas -7.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. LA Lakers NBA Pick Prediction 1/2/2022
Timberwolves at Lakers—Minnesota are without their best players in Towns and Russell. Vanderbilt and Prince are questionable. Lakers are without Davis and Nunn. Minnesota has lost four of five following their 120-108 road defeat at Utah Jazz. In this five game period the Timberwolves 25th in offensive efficiency and 22nd defensively.
LAL has won two of three following their 139-106 home win to Portland Trailblazers. Lakers have covered three straight as they sit 2nd in offensive efficiency scoring 124.2 points per 100 possessions and post a net rating of +11.7. Play LA Lakers -7.5.
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