Free NBA Picks For Today 4/16/2022
Utah Jazz vs. Dallas Mavericks NBA Pick Prediction 4/16/2022
Jazz at Mavericks—Forrest questionable for Utah. Doncic and Hardaway out for the Mavericks with Ntilikina as well as Brown questionable. Jazz closed the regular season winning four of six but fell short of earning home court advantage in this series. They have dropped seven of their past eleven as they suffered through a last season five game losing streak.
Over this period the Jazz averaged 115.9 points per 100 possessions while allowing 114.3 per 100. Dallas closed strong to end the regular season winning seven of eight. They were tops in offensive efficiency in this period scoring 126.2 points per 100 possessions while allowing 115 per 100.
In their four meetings each team won at home but the Mavs covered each game. Doncic missed a ten game stretch from December 12th through December 31st. Jazz defense on the road this year surrendered 46.2% with 34.3% from three. Can’t get there with Utah based on how they defended this year. Play Dallas +5.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Memphis Grizzlies NBA Pick Prediction 4/16/2022
Timberwolves at Grizzlies—Prince questionable for the Timberwolves. Minnesota got past the LA Clippers 109-104 in the play in round to quality for the playoffs. They overcame a ten point fourth quarter deficit. Defense was an issue for the Timberwolves down the stretch but held the Clippers to 44% overall shooting.
Memphis clinched the second seed in the West early so had nothing to play for late in the season. This combination of Morant, Brooks, Jackson and Adams are healthy. The building in Memphis will be loud and will provide a strong home court advantage.
Timberwolves sat 25th in road defensive efficiency allowing 115.3 points per 100 possessions. Grizzlies were third in home offensive efficiency scoring 116.3 points per 100 possessions while allowing 107.4 per 100. Play Memphis -6.5.
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Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers NBA Pick Prediction 4/16/2022
Raptors at 76ers—Toronto has a clean injury report. Millsap questionable for the 76ers. Raptors played well since the All Star Break to finish as the fifth seed in the East. They sat 10th in defensive efficiency allowing 111.1 points per 100 possessions while scoring 117.6 per 100.
76ers did see some dip defensively adding James Harden via trade as the team post All Star sat 19th in defensive efficiency allowing 113.5 points per 100 possessions while scoring 119.1 per 100.
Raptors have won both meetings post All Star break against the 76ers and have covered all four of their meetings this season. Harden went 3 for 12 and 5 for 12 in those two games as the Raptors defended well. Play Toronto +4.5.
Denver Nuggets vs. Golden St Warriors NBA Pick Prediction 4/16/2022
Nuggets at Warriors—Murray, Porter and Campazzo out for the Nuggets. Curry and Wiggins expected to play for the Warriors. Denver landed in the sixth seed in the Western conference clinching the sixth seed in their win against Memphis in Game 81.
Defense has been a major concern for the Denver Nuggets as they sat 28th in defensive efficiency since the All Star Break allowing 119.5 points per 100 possessions while scoring 117.6 per 100. By comparison since the All Star Break the Warriors third in the league in defensive efficiency allowing 109.2 points per 100 possessions while scoring 112.1.
Nuggets struggled against elite guard play as evidenced by their elimination by Phoenix in the playoffs last season. Warriors should be able to exploit the Nuggets guards. Play Golden St -6.
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