Free NBA Picks For Today 10/23/2022
Portland Trailblazers vs. LA Lakers NBA Pick Prediction 10/23/2022
Trailblazers at Lakers—Payton, Sarr and Watford out for Portland. Byrant, Schroder and Swider out for the Lakers. Portland moves to 2-0 after their 113-111 home overtime win to the Phoenix Suns. Damian Lillard a strong performance with 41 points in the win. Bench contributed with 18 points in the win. They finished the game hitting on 44% and 34% from three. Defensively Portland allowed 46% shooting to the Suns with 37% from three. LAL 0-2 following their 103-97 home defeat to LA Clippers. Lakers a poor shooting performance connecting on 35% from the field and 9 of 45 from three. Davis, James and Walker combined for 71 points and the remainder of the team scored in single digits. Westbrook 0 of 11 night and Beverly 1 of 7. Lakers allowed 46% shooting to the Clippers and just 31% from three. Lakers are last in offensive efficiency as they average just 94.5 points per 100 possessions in their first two games. Portland is at 108.6 per 100 and a net rating of +3.8 compared to the Lakers -8.7. Play Portland +3.5.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Atlanta Hawks NBA Pick Prediction 10/23/2022
Hornets at Hawks—Ball out for the Hornets with Rozier and Martin doubtful. Bogdanovic out for Atlanta. Charlotte fell to 1-1 after their 124-112 home defeat to New Orleans. Hornets were crushed on the glass by 16 rebounds. Hornets shot 45% with 38% from three. Hayward had 26 points and Rozier with 23. On defense they allowed 47% shooting to the Pelicans with 8 of 22 from three. Atlanta is 2-0 with their 108-98 home win to Orlando. Hawks a good night from three converting on 42%. Trae Young with 25 points and Murray contributes with 20 points and nine rebounds. They held the Magic to 41% shooting and 8 of 34 from three. So far in the first two games the Hawks lead the NBA in defensive efficiency holding teams to 99 points per 100 possessions. Hornets have shot the ball well this year at 48.2% and 41.3% from three and has a +6.6 net rating. Play Charlotte +10.5.
Washington Wizards vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Pick Prediction 10/23/2022
Wizards at Cavaliers—Kispert out for Washington with Carey questionable. Garland and Rubio out for Cleveland with Winder probable. Washington with a 2-0 start after their 102-100 home victory to the Chicago Bulls. Strong shooting performance for Washington converting on 51% overall. Kuzma had 26 points and Beal with 19. They limited the Bulls to 42% from the floor and 7 of 27 from three. Cleveland 1-1 following their 128-96 road win at Chicago on Saturday. Cavaliers connected on 56% from the floor along with 59% from three. Donovan Mitchell had 32 points with nine boards and eight assists. Lopez and Love good contributions from the bench. Cleveland held the Bulls to just 40% shooting and 7 of 29 from three. It is a back to back for Cleveland. Wizards holding their opponents to 103 points per 100 possessions and have rest advantage in this spot. Play Washington +4.5.
Utah Jazz vs. New Orleans Pelicans NBA Pick Prediction 10/23/2022
Jazz at Pelicans—Azubuike out for the Jazz. Pelicans core healthy. Utah 2-0 after their 132-126 road overtime win at the Minnesota Timberwolves. Jazz converted 40% from three in the win. Markkanen with 24 points and 13 rebounds and Clarkson poured in 29 points with six assists. Sexton and Beasley came off the bench and combined for 26 points. New Orleans is 2-0 with their 124-112 road win at Charlotte. Pelicans shot 47% in victory. Valanciunas poured in 30 points with 17 boards. Ingram scored 28 with nine boards. They did allow 45% shooting to Charlotte with 38% from three. Pelicans averaging 123.3 points per 100 possessions and Utah is at 118.1 per 100. Both teams in the upper part of the league in pace. Play Utah and New Orleans over 230.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Pick Prediction 10/23/2022
Timberwolves at Thunder—Garza and Anderson out for Minnesota. Williams out for OKC. Minnesota is 1-1 with their 132-126 home defeat to Utah in overtime. Timberwolves a 46% shooting night but just 11 of 33 from three. Good scoring from Towns, Edwards and Russell. Gobert pulled down 23 rebounds. Minnesota had 20 turnovers and allowed 40% shooting from three to the Jazz. OKC fell to 0-2 with their 122-117 road defeat at Denver. Thunder shot 45% overall but drained 39% from three. Gilgeous Alexander had 28 points and the team got scoring from their bench. They did surrender 49% shooting to Denver with 53% from three but forced 18 turnovers. Thunder did cover Saturday and had rest advantage with the Nuggets on a back to back. OKC did cover their meeting on opening night with Minnesota on the road posting good defensive numbers. Home opener for the Thunder. Play Oklahoma City +7.5.
Sacramento Kings vs. Golden St Warriors NBA Pick Prediction 10/23/2022
Kings at Warriors—Sacramento is healthy. Warriors core healthy. Kings fall to 0-2 after their 111-109 home defeat on Saturday to the LA Clippers. Kings shot well at 47% and 40% from three. Missing 9 of 26 free throw was costly. Fox led Sacramento with 36 points. On defense they surrendered 51% shooting and 41% from three to LAC missing Leonard and Wall. Golden St is 1-1 with their 128-123 home defeat to Denver Nuggets. Warriors shot 48% in the loss and went 34% from three. They turned the ball over 18 times. Curry scored 34 points and the bench contributed well scoring wise. Nuggets were hot from the field making 53% and 44% from three but turned it over 20 times. Warriors playing at the fastest pace in the league after two games. With rest advantage and coming off a loss will side with the Warriors here. Defense the concern for the Kings allowing such high shooting numbers with the Clippers missing two key players. Play Golden St -9.5.
Phoenix Suns vs. LA Clippers NBA Pick Prediction 10/23/2022
Suns at Clippers—Crowder out, Johnson questionable and Shamet probable for the Suns. Both Wall and Leonard were rested on the front end of their back to back and expected to return Sunday. Phoenix 1-1 after their 113-111 road defeat at Portland Trailblazers in overtime. They pulled down seven fewer rebounds in defeat. Suns shot 46% and 37% from three in the loss. Booker had 33 points and Ayton with 26. Defensively they held Portland to 44% shooting and 34% from three. Suns lost the rebounding battle by eight boards and Damien Lillard scored 41. Clippers on a back to back after their 111-109 road win at Sacramento. Clippers shot 51% in the win with 9 of 22 from three. George played 38 minutes and Powell 32. There is a lot of depth on this Clippers team. LAC third in defensive efficiency holding teams to 101 points per 100 possessions. Leonard and Wall returning and rested the key here. Play LA Clippers -2.