Free NBA Picks For Today 4/18/2022
Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers NBA Pick Prediction 4/18/2022
Raptors at 76ers—Barnes and Young questionable for the Raptors. 76ers core are healthy. Philadelphia takes the 1-0 series lead off their 131-111 victory in Game 1. Toronto allowed 34 or greater points in the first three quarters.
This is the adjustment game, and the Raptors will be all in to avoid the 0-2 deficit. Toronto is a good defensive team sitting fifth in efficiency since the All Star Break. By comparison the 76ers were 12th surrendering 112.6 per 100.
Raptors are not in a hopeless situation behind defensive culture and good coaching. Philadelphia under James Harden has shown vulnerability on the defensive end. 76ers were hot from three and were wide open for many of those shots. Defensive adjustment tightens this game. Play Toronto +7.5.
Utah Jazz vs. Dallas Mavericks NBA Pick Prediction 4/18/2022
Jazz at Mavericks—Hardaway and Ntilikina out for the Mavs with Doncic questionable. Forrest questionable for the Jazz. Utah jumps to the 1-0 series lead with their 99-93 road win.
Jazz dominated the glass by 19 boards, with Dallas shooting 38% from the floor, 28% from three and the point spread was still decided in the closing seconds. Bojan Bogdanovic was hot in the first half. Mavs looking to avoid an 0-2 deficit on the home court are all in here.
Dallas defended well in this game and with adjustments can make this a tighter outcome if not put themselves in position to win against a Jazz team that allowed 112.6 points per 100 possessions post All Star Break. Play Dallas +5.5.
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Denver Nuggets vs. Golden St Warriors NBA Pick Prediction 4/18/2022
Nuggets at Warriors—Murray and Porter out for the Nuggets. Warriors have a clean injury report. Golden St jumped to the 1-0 series lead off their 123-107 home win to Denver Nuggets.
Warriors shot 52% from the floor and 46% from three in the win. With the injuries to Murray and Porter the Nuggets are behind the eight ball much like they were against the Phoenix Suns in the playoffs last year. This is a horrible matchup for the Nuggets based on their weakness at the guard position to defend.
Post All Star Break the Nuggets were 19th in defensive efficiency allowing 115.4 points per 100 possessions and they needed Game 81 to clinch a spot in the playoffs. Jokic is a great player but can’t make up for the Nuggets glaring weakness. Play Golden St -7.
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