Free NBA Picks For Today 4/3/2022
Washington Wizards vs. Boston Celtics NBA Pick Prediction 4/3/2022
Wizards at Celtics—Out for Washington are Kuzma and Carey. Williams out for Boston. Washington has won four of five with their 135-103 home win to Dallas Mavericks. Wizards in this streak 13th in offensive efficiency scoring 116.7 points per 100 possessions while allowing 107.7 per 100.
Boston broke a two game losing streak following their 128-123 home win to Indiana Pacers. Celtics have played to cover in seven of eight sitting tops in offensive efficiency scoring 124.4 points per 100 possessions while allowing 111.9 per 100. Celtics missing a key big man down low to protect the basket. Play Boston and Washington over 220.5.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Milwaukee Bucks NBA Pick Prediction 4/3/2022
Mavericks at Bucks—Brown, Burke, Hardaway and Pinson out for the Mavs. Giannis probable. Dallas comes off the 135-103 road defeat to the Washington Wizards. Team has played to over in three straight sitting 24th in defensive efficiency allowing 123.5 points per 100 possessions while scoring 121.9 per 100.
Milwaukee dropped a 153-119 home decision to the LA Clippers resting many of their starters in a back to back spot. They had won and covered four of five prior to that loss to LAC. Team has gotten healthy now. Play Milwaukee -5.
Denver Nuggets vs. LA Lakers NBA Pick Prediction 4/3/2022
Nuggets at Lakers—Out for Denver are Murray and Porter. Davis and James questionable for LAL. Denver had their three game win streak snapped in a 136-130 home defeat to the Minnesota Timberwolves. They have failed to cover four of five sitting 25th in defensive efficiency allowing 123.7 points per 100 possessions while scoring 122.4 per 100.
LAL has lost five straight after their 114-111 home loss to New Orleans Pelicans. Lakers 26th in defensive efficiency in this period allowing 123.7 points per 100 possessions while scoring 113.6 per 100. Play LAL and Denver over 230.
Detroit Pistons vs. Indiana Pacers NBA Pick Prediction 4/3/2022
Pistons at Pacers—Bagley and Grant out for Detroit with Joseph doubtful and Cunningham questionable. McConnell and Duarte out for the Pacers with Brogdon as well as Bitadze questionable. Detroit has won two straight after their 110-101 road win at Oklahoma City Thunder.
Team has covered four straight scoring 112.3 points per 100 possessions while allowing 110.6 per 100. Indiana has lost six straight following their 128-123 road defeat to Boston Celtics. Pacers in this period last in defensive efficiency allowing 130.2 points per 100 possessions while scoring 114.2 per 100. Play Detroit +2.5.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Pick Prediction 4/3/2022
76ers at Cavaliers—Philadelphia has a clean injury report. Mobley and Allen doubtful for Cleveland with Rondo questionable. 76ers broke a three game losing streak after their 144-114 home win to Charlotte Hornets. In these four games the team is scoring 116.8 points per 100 possessions while allowing 114.6 per 100.
Cleveland comes off the 119-101 road win at New York Knicks. Team had failed to cover seven straight prior to that win. In those eight games the Cavaliers 24th in defensive efficiency allowing 118.1 points per 100 possessions while scoring 113.5 per 100.
In back to back games the 76ers score five points below overall average with the Cavs scoring five points below average. Philadelphia head coach Doc Rivers has said he would limit Embiid’s and Harden’s minute down the stretch. Play Cleveland +5.
New York Knicks vs. Orlando Magic NBA Pick Prediction 4/3/2022
Knicks at Magic—Out for NY are Noel and Randle with McBride and Grimes questionable. Suggs and Carter out for Orlando with Wagner, Schofield and Anthony questionable. New York has dropped two straight after their 119-101 home defeat to Cleveland Cavaliers. In this period NY 27th in defensive efficiency allowing 126.4 points per 100 possessions while scoring 110.3 per 100.
Orlando has dropped five straight after their 102-89 home defeat to Toronto Raptors. Magic last in offensive efficiency in this period scoring 101.2 points per 100 possessions while allowing 112.5 per 100. Rest advantage for the Magic and Knicks just recently eliminated from the playoffs so expect a lack of defensive intensity here. Play New York and Orlando over 215.
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Miami Heat vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Pick Prediction 4/3/2022
Heat at Raptors—Strus questionable for the Heat. Flynn and Watanabe questionable for Toronto. Miami has won three straight after their 127-109 road win at Chicago Bulls. In this stretch the Heat third in defensive efficiency allowing 105.5 points per 100 possessions while scoring 121.9 per 100.
Toronto carries a five game win streak after their 102-89 road win at Orlando Magic. In that span the Raptors tops in defensive efficiency allowing 101.6 points per 100 possessions while scoring 120.2 per 100. Heat in back to back games surrender eight points greater than overall average. Play Toronto -2.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Houston Rockets NBA Pick Prediction 4/3/2022
Timberwolves at Rockets—Beasley questionable and McDaniels out for the Timberwolves. Houston shows a clean injury report. Minnesota broke a two game losing streak with their 136-120 road win at Denver Nuggets. They had failed to cover four of five prior to that win. Over this period Minnesota 23rd in defensive efficiency allowing 119.4 points per 100 possessions while scoring 114.4 per 100.
Houston has dropped three straight on this home stand with their 122-117 home defeat to Sacramento. Rockets in this span scoring 113.8 points per 100 possessions while allowing 118.1 per 100. T’Wolves still have hopes for a sixth seed with four games remaining. Play Minnesota -12.5.
Phoenix Suns vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Pick Prediction 4/3/2022
Suns at Thunder—Booker, Ayton, Crowder and Kaminsky out for the Suns. Manny and Williams out for OKC with Robinson-Early questionable. Phoenix had their nine game win streak snapped in a 122-114 road defeat to the Memphis Grizzlies. They have failed to cover three of six surrendering 113.5 points per 100 possessions while scoring 117.6 per 100.
OKC has dropped three of four with their 110-101 home defeat to Detroit Pistons. Over this period Thunder scoring 111.4 points per 100 possessions while allowing 116.9 per 100. Suns have clinched top seed in west and overall best record in NBA. They have nothing to play for. Play Oklahoma City +14.5.
Portland Trailblazers vs. San Antonio Spurs NBA Pick Prediction 4/3/2022
Trailblazers at Spurs—Hart and Winslow out for the Trailblazers. McDermott out for the Spurs with Murray questionable. Portland has lost six straight after their 130-111 road defeat at San Antonio Spurs. In this period the Trailblazers 29th in defensive efficiency allowing 125.2 points per 100 possessions while scoring 107.3 per 100. San Antonio with that victory has won five of six.
In this period the Spurs third in offensive efficiency scoring 121.8 points per 100 possessions while allowing 110.5 per 100. These teams have met twice the past two weeks with wins by San Antonio by 37 on the road and 19 at home. Spurs hold a one game lead plus tiebreaker on the Lakers with five to play for the tenth and final seed in the playoffs. Play San Antonio -14.5.
Golden St Warriors vs. Sacramento Kings NBA Pick Prediction 4/3/2022
Warriors at Kings—Curry out for the Warriors. Sabonis, Fox and Davis out for the Kings with Len questionable. Golden St broke a four game losing streak after their 111-107 home win to Utah Jazz. Over this period the Warriors 28th in offensive efficiency scoring 108.9 points per 100 possessions while allowing 116.1 per 100.
Sacramento has won four of five with their 122-117 road win at Houston Rockets. Kings in this span scoring 112.1 points per 100 possessions while allowing 113.1 per 100. Lots of question marks as to whether the Warriors will sit Green and Thompson plus other rotational players in this back to back spot. Play Sacramento +6.5.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. LA Clippers NBA Pick Prediction 4/3/2022
Pelicans at Clippers—New Orleans core healthy. Powell out for the Clippers with Batum, Morris and George questionable. Pelicans have won six of eight after their 114-111 road win at LA Lakers. New Orleans in this period third in defensive efficiency holding opponents to 108.1 points per 100 possessions while scoring 117 per 100.
LAC defeated a resting Milwaukee team 153-119. They had lost six of seven prior to that win. Over that period Clippers 27th in defensive efficiency allowing 122.2 points per 100 possessions. Offensively they are scoring 116.9 per 100 but skewed due that result against the Bucks. Pelicans trying to host sudden death play in game or move up to the eighth seed with five remaining games. Play New Orleans +3.
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