Free NBA Picks For Today 10/21/2022
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Charlotte Hornets NBA Pick Prediction 10/21/2022
Pelicans at Hornets—New Orleans core are healthy. Ball out for the Hornets. New Orleans moves to 1-0 after their 130-108 road win at Brooklyn. Pelicans crushed the Nets on the glass by pulling down 22 more rebounds. They shot 49% in victory.
Charlotte comes off the 129-102 road win at San Antonio. Strong shooting performance for the Hornets converting on 50% from the field and limiting the Spurs to 39%. Both teams nailed their three point shots. With the Hornets performance on both ends of the court will take the points here. Play Charlotte +6.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Indiana Pacers NBA Pick Prediction 10/21/2022
Spurs at Pacers—San Antonio healthy. Theis and Turner are out for Indiana. Jalen Smith questionable. San Antonio fell to 0-1 after their 129-102 home defeat to the Charlotte Hornets. Spurts shot just 39% in the defeat while giving up 50% to the Hornets.
Spurs sat 28th of all teams in their opener in offensive efficiency by averaging 97.1 points per 100 possessions while giving up 120.6 per 100 to the Hornets. Indiana 0-1 with their 114-107 home defeat to the Washington Wizards.
Pacers hit only 40% in defeat but made 15 of 42 from three. Defensively they allowed 46% shooting to the Wizards. Prefer the Pacers behind Hield, Haliburton and Duarte. Play Indiana -3.
Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards NBA Pick Prediction 10/21/2022
Bulls at Wizards—Ball and LaVine are out for Chicago. Avdiga questionable for the Wizards but expected to start. Chicago is 1-0 after their 116-108 road win at Miami. Bulls shot 44% in the win with 13 of 36 from three. They forced 19 Miami turnovers.
Washington sits 1-0 after their 114-107 road win at Indiana. Wizards converted 46% from the floor in the win while holding the Pacers to 40% and 15 of 42 from three. Bench came through with scoring for Washington.
Bulls got good production out of their bench as well in victory and must give them the edge in quality of victory. Play Chicago -1.
Orlando Magic vs. Atlanta Hawks NBA Pick Prediction 10/21/2022
Magic at Hawks—Fultz, Harris, Isaac and Wagner out for the Magic with Anthony questionable. Bogdanovic out for the Hawks. Orlando fell to 0-1 after their 113-109 road defeat at Detroit.
Rookie Paolo Ranchero made a case for rookie of the year by pouring in 27 points and pulling down nine rebounds. Magic shot 49% in the win with 11 of 30 from three. But the team committed 18 turnovers and allowed 37% from three. Atlanta is 1-0 after their 117-107 home win to Houston Rockets.
Hawks a 50% shooting performance in the win. They were crushed on the glass by 16 boards. They did limit Houston to 43% shooting and 9 of 35 from three. Orlando 106.9 points per 100 possessions in their opener and the Hawks couldn’t separate enough to cover against Houston with poor rebounding. Play Orlando +8.5.
Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets NBA Pick Prediction 10/21/2022
Raptors at Nets—Birch and Boucher questionable for the Raptors with Porter out. Curry and Warren are out for the Nets. Toronto 1-0 after their 108-105 home victory to Cleveland Cavaliers. Three point shooting carried the Raptors to the win hitting 43%. They did finish 42% overall shooting.
Raptors did allow the Cavs 49% from the floor but the Raptors managed to get to the line 32 times. Brooklyn 0-1 with their 13—108 home defeat to the New Orleans Pelicans. Nets fell behind by 19 after one period. Defensively they surrendered 49% shooting with 12 of 26 from three.
Poor three point shooting night for Brooklyn converting 10 of 33. Brooklyn sat last in defensive efficiency of the 29 teams that have played by allowing 127.5 points per 100 possessions. This Raptors core can defend, and Brooklyn is not a good home favorite the past two seasons. Play Toronto +2.5.
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Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat NBA Pick Prediction 10/21/2022
Celtics at Heat—Gallinari and Williams are out for Boston. Oladipo out for the Heat. Boston 1-0 after their 126-117 home win to the Philadelphia 76ers. Boston converted 56.1% from the field in their victory. They did give up 50% shooting and 38.2% from three to the 76ers.
Miami 0-1 with their 116-108 home defeat to the Chicago Bulls. Heat shot well hitting 46% and 43% from three. The nineteen turnovers were costly.
Celtics knocked the Heat out of the playoffs in seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals. Heat will clean up the turnovers will prefer them at home getting points. Play Miami +2.5.
Detroit Pistons vs. New York Knicks NBA Pick Prediction 10/21/2022
Pistons at Knicks—Bagley, Burks and Livers out for the Pistons. Grimes out for the Knicks. Detroit is 1-0 after their 113-109 home win to Orlando. Piston a strong shooting game from three converting 37%. They did allow 49% shooting to the Magic but forced 18 turnovers.
New York fell to 0-1 after their 115-112 road overtime defeat to Memphis. Knicks a brutal shooting performance hitting 40% with 9 of 37 from three. They did defend the Grizzlies surrendering 39%. Knicks shooting the concern. Play Detroit +6.5.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Houston Rockets NBA Pick Prediction 10/21/2022
Grizzlies at Rockets—Green, Jackson and Williams out for the Grizzlies. Brooks is doubtful. Take and Washington out. Memphis moves to 1-0 with their 115-112 home overtime win to the New York Knicks. Grizzlies did pull down ten more boards than the Knicks.
Grizzlies shot only 39% in the win and missed 9 of 23 free throws. They did limit the Knicks to only 40% and 24% from three. Houston 0-1 with their 117-101 road defeat at Atlanta.
Rockets a poor shooting night at 43% and 26% from three. They did allow 50% to the Hawks and got the cover because Atlanta made only 7 of 25 from three. Injuries to supporting cast the concern laying the points with the Grizzlies. Play Houston +6.
Utah Jazz vs. Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Pick Prediction 10/21/2022
Jazz at Timberwolves—Minnesota healthy and Azubuike out for Utah. Utah a 1-0 record with their 123-102 home win to Denver. Jazz a strong shooting performance with their new look hitting 51% with 42% from three. They did pull down eight more boards than the Nuggets.
Jazz limited the Nuggets to just 5 of 22 from three and forced 21 turnovers. Minnesota opened the season with their 115-108 home win to Oklahoma City.
Timberwolves poor shooting night hitting 41% with 10 of 38 from three. They did limit OKC to just 38% and 14 of 45 from three. Jazz strong offensive numbers with 119.4 points per 100 possessions in the opener. Play Utah +8.5.
Denver Nuggets vs. Golden St Warriors NBA Pick Prediction 10/21/2022
Nuggets at Warriors—Murray questionable for the Nuggets with Jokic probable. Denver is 0-1 with their 123-102 road defeat at Utah. Nuggets pulled down eight fewer rebounds than the Jazz. It was a cold three point shooting night as Denver hit 5 of 22 from three in defeat.
Jamal Murray played 26 minutes and looked like he needed conditioning. Golden St 1-0 with their 123-109 home win to LA Lakers. Warriors shot 45% in the win with 36% from three. Turnovers rearing its ugly head again with 18.
Warriors forced 21 Lakers turnovers and 10 of 40 from three. Warriors held LAL to just 97.3 points per 100 possessions. Concern is for Murray being out so long and getting back to game shape against this fast Warriors team. Play Golden St -5.5.
Phoenix Suns vs. Portland Trailblazers NBA Pick Prediction 10/21/2022
Suns at Trailblazers—Crowder and Shamet out for the Suns. Payton, Sarr and Watford out for the Trailblazers. Phoenix 1-0 after their 107-105 home win to Dallas. Suns shot well in the win with 47% and 8 of 22 from three. Good bench contributions with 27 points. They did give up 47% shooting to the Mavs with 40% from three.
Suns fortunate that the Mavs missed 13 of 34 free throws. Portland is 1-0 following their 115-108 road win at Sacramento. Good three point shooting night for the Trailblazers with 39%.
Starting five contributed with Lillard, Grant, Hart and Simons. Trailblazers sharp outing offensively with this new starting five with 113.9 points per 100 possessions. Play Portland +4.5.
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