Free NBA Picks For Today 10/28/2022
Atlanta Hawks vs. Detroit Pistons NBA Pick Prediction 10/28/2022
Hawks at Pistons—Bogdanovic out for the Hawks. Bagley and Burks out for Detroit with Ivey questionable. Atlanta improved to 3-1 with their 118-113 road win at Detroit Pistons. Hawks shot 49% in the win going 8 of 22 from three. Trae Young had 35 points and six assists going 9 of 21 and making 16 of 17 at the free throw line. Collins chipped in with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Pistons shot 46% and made 14 of 32 from three point range. Bogdanovic had 33 points with Cunningham contributing with 26 points. Pistons sit 28th in defensive efficiency allowing 118.5 points per 100 possessions. They are surrendering 49.1% shooting with 37% from three point range. Detroit shooting only 42.4% from the floor. Hawks top half defensively in the league allowing 109.4 points per 100 possessions. Play Atlanta -6.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Orlando Magic NBA Pick Prediction 10/28/2022
Hornets at Magic—Martin and Rozier doubtful for Charlotte with Ball out. Anthony, Fultz, Harris, Isaac, Suggs and Wagner out for the Magic. Charlotte 2-2 after their 134-141 road overtime defeat at NY Knicks. Hornets shot 49% from the field in defeat making 42% from three. Hayward had 21 points with nine rebounds. Hornets bench had 54 points. They did allow 54% shooting to the Knicks with 11 of 30 from beyond the arc. Orlando fell to 0-5 with their 103-92 road defeat at Cleveland Cavaliers. Magic hit just 43% from the field with 6 of 24 from three point distance. Team turned it over sixteen times. Paolo Banchero led the team with 29 points. Wagner scored 22 points. Bench contributed with only 13 points. Magic did hold Cleveland to 41% from the floor and 10 of 33 from three. Charlotte shooting well this season converting 49.5% overall and 41.7% from three. Perimeter defense has been good limiting teams to 28.5% from three. Charlotte sits fourth in offensive efficiency scoring 117.7 points per 100 possessions with a +6.6 net rating. Magic sit 28th in offensive efficiency averaging 105 points per 100 possessions and have a net rating of -8.4. This is a variance of +15 for the Hornets and they are laying only -3 in this game. Play Charlotte -3.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics NBA Pick Prediction 10/28/2022
Cavaliers at Celtics—Garland, Rubio and Windler out for Cleveland. Gallinari, and both Williams are out. Cleveland improved to 3-1 after their 103-92 home win to Orlando Magic. Cavs shot only 41% in the win going 10 of 33 from three point range. Mobley led the team with 20 points with Allen contributing with 18. Cavs limited the Magic to 43% from the floor along with 6 of 24 from three. Boston moved to 3-1 after their 120-102 road defeat at Chicago. Celtics shot only 37% in defeat with 38% from three. Tatum led the team with 26 points with Brown contributing with 21. On defense they surrendered 48% shooting to the Bulls with 10 of 21 from beyond the arc. Defensively Boston allowing 471% from the field with 40.7% from three. Cleveland is a good shooting team converting 47.1% and 40.5% from three. Celtics sit 25th in defensive efficiency allowing 117 points per 100 possessions. Cavs second in the league in defensive efficiency holding teams to 102 points per 100 possessions and a net rating of +12.4. Celtics have a net rating of +1.3. Play Cleveland +5.5.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Pick Prediction 10/28/2022
76ers at Raptors—Philadelphia healthy. Porter out for the Raptors with Barnes questionable. Philadelphia fell to 1-4 with their 119-109 road defeat to Toronto Raptors. 76ers shot 51% in defeat with 44% from beyond the arc. Joel Embiid had 31 points and so did Maxey. Toronto shot 55% in victory converting 43% from three. Gary Trent Jr. led the team with 27 points and Siakam wit 20 and 13 boards. 76ers have failed to cover seven straight on the road against a team that wins better than 60% at home. In their two road games 76ers 29th in defensive efficiency allowing 128.8 points per 100 possessions and a net rating of -9.9. On the season Toronto holding teams to 109.6 points per 100 possessions. Play Toronto -1.
Indiana Pacers vs. Washington Wizards NBA Pick Prediction 10/28/2022
Pacers at Wizards—Theis out for Indiana. Kispert and Wright out for Washington. Indiana falls to 1-4 with their 124-109 road defeat at Chicago Bulls. Pacers shot 43% from the floor with 16 of 40 from three. Buddy Hield led the Pacers with 25 points. Haliburton had 17 points and 11 rebounds. Defensively the Pacers surrendered 53% shooting to the Bulls with 53% from beyond the arc. Washington moves to 3-1 after their 120-99 home win to Detroit Pistons. Wizards converted 52% from the field but only 10 of 33 from three. Kyle Kuzma had 25 points with six boards. Porzingis chipped in with 20 points and seven rebounds. On defense they held the Pistons to 41% overall and 8 of 28 from three. Washington is shooting 49.6% from the floor and holding opponents to 41.4% from the field along with 33.1% from three. They sit sixth in defensive efficiency holding teams to 105 points per 100 possessions and carry a net rating of +4.7. Pacers sit 27th in defensive efficiency by allowing 118.4 points per 100 possessions and a net rating of -6.0. It’s worse on the road as the Pacers net rating is -15.4 as they allow 124.5 points per 100 possessions. Play Washington -6.
New York Knicks vs. Milwaukee Bucks NBA Pick Prediction 10/28/2022
Knicks at Bucks—Grimes out for NYK. Connaughton, Ingles and Middleton out for the Bucks. NY improved to 3-1 following their 134-131 home win in overtime to the Charlotte Hornets. Knicks shot 54% from the floor and hit 37% from three. Jalen Brunson led the team with 27 points and 13 assists. RJ Barrett had 22 points and 8 rebounds. They did surrender 49% shooting to the Hornets with 42% from three point range. Milwaukee moved to 3-0 following their 110-99 home victory to the Brooklyn Nets. Bucks converted 44% from the field with 10 of 36 from three. Giannis led the team with 43 points. Portis off the bench had 20 points. They limited the Nets to only 40% shooting and 7 of 27 from three. Team railed down 12 midway through the third quarter. NYK have covered 11 of their past 12 on the road. New York sits 5th in offensive efficiency averaging 116.6 points per 100 possessions and a net rating of 8.5. Bucks sit 24th in offensive efficiency with 109.1 per 100 but holding teams to 98.3 per 100 and net rating of +10.7. Knicks are limiting opponents to 30.3% from three. Play New York Knicks +6.5.
LA Lakers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Pick Prediction 10/28/2022
Lakers at Timberwolves—Westbrook doubtful for LAL with Bryant, Schroder and Swider doubtful. Anderson probable for Minnesota with Garza out. LA Lakers fell to 0-4 with their 110-99 road defeat at Denver Nuggets. Lakers shot only 44% from the floor and 8 of 30 from three in defeat. Anthony Davis had 22 points and 14 rebounds with LeBron James scoring 19. Defensively they allowed 46% shooting to Denver but only 9 of 34 from three. Minnesota is 3-2 after their 134-122 home win to San Antonio. Timberwolves a 65% shooting night hitting 59% from three. Edwards had 34 points and Nowell off the bench had 23. They allowed 45% shooting to the Spurs along with 44% from three. LA is last in offensive efficiency averaging only 96.9 points per 100 possessions with a net rating of -7.1. Timberwolves 10th in offensive efficiency scoring 113.7 points per 100 possessions and a net rating of +3.5. T’Wolves needed a Herculean shooting performance to cover as a -9.5 favorite to the Spurs. LAL are fourth in defensive efficiency holding teams to 104 per 100. Play LA Lakers +8.5.
Chicago Bulls vs. San Antonio Spurs NBA Pick Prediction 10/28/2022
Bulls at Spurs—Ball out and LaVine questionable for the Bulls. Vassell and Primo out for San Antonio. Chicago improved to 3-2 with their 124-109 home win to Indiana. Bulls shot 49% in the win and 16 of 30 from three. Zach LaVine led the team with 28 points. DeMar DeRozan chipped in with 17 points. Bench contributed with 43 points. Bulls limited the Pacers to 43% but 40% from three. San Antonio fell to 3-2 after their 134-122 road loss at Minnesota. Spurs shot 45% in the loss but went 44% from three. Keldon Johnson led the team with 27 points with Doug McDermott contributing with 19 off the bench. They did surrender 65% shooting to the Timberwolves with 20 of 34 from three. Spurs allowing 50.4% shooting and going deep into their rotation. But they are 11th in offensive efficiency averaging 113.7 points per 100 possessions. Bulls sit 20th scoring 110.1 per 100. Play San Antonio +4.5.
Utah Jazz vs. Denver Nuggets NBA Pick Prediction 10/28/2022
Jazz at Nuggets—Gay out for the Jazz with Sexton and Kessler questionable. Caldwell-Pope, Porter and Reed questionable for the Nuggets. Utah moves to 4-1 with their 109-101 home win to Houston Rockets. Jazz shot just 42% with 13 of 45 from three. Lauri Markkanen led the Jazz with 24 points and nine rebounds. Jordan Clarkson had 20 points. Defensively they held the Rockets to 38% shooting with 28% from three. Denver improved to 3-2 after their 110-99 home win to LA Lakers. Nuggets hit 46% in the win and made 9 of 34 from three. Jokic led the team with 31 points and 13 boards. Bruce Brown had 18 points. They held the Lakers to 44% with 8 of 30 from three. Utah the better defensive team holding teams to 105.6 points per 100 possessions and a net rating of +5.6. Nuggets are 23rd in defensive efficiency allowing 116.1 points per 100 possessions and a net rating of -4.2. Variance is +9.8 in favor of Utah and the Jazz are getting +9 points. Play Utah +9.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Phoenix Suns NBA Pick Prediction 10/28/2022
Pelicans at Suns—Ingram, Lewis and Liddell out for the Pelicans with Alvarado, Daniels, Jones, McCollum and Williamson questionable. Crowder out for Phoenix. New Orleans 3-1 after their 113-111 home win to Dallas. Pelicans shot 58% in the win with 44% from three. Trey Murphy led New Orleans with 22 points. Naji Marshall had 15 points. They did allow the Mavericks 50% shooting but only 12 of 39 from three. Phoenix improved to 3-1 after their 134-105 home win to Golden St. Suns converted 51% with 41% from three. Devin Booker had 34 points and seven assists. Mikal Bridges had 17 points and six rebounds. They allowed 45% shooting to the Warriors but only 10 of 35 from three. Too many injuries on the Pelicans side. Defensively the Suns holding teams to 44.8% shooting and 32.8% from three. Phoenix are third in defensive efficiency holding teams to 103.5 points per 100 possessions. Pelicans are allowing 111 per 100 and will be short handed here. Play Phoenix -6.5.
Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trailblazers NBA Pick Prediction 10/28/2022
Rockets at Trailblazers—Fernando and Washington are out. Lillard and Sarr out with Payton and Watford questionable. Houston 1-4 following their 109-101 road defeat at Utah Jazz. Rockets shot just 38% with 11 of 40 from three. Kevin Porter led the team 24 points. Eric Gordon had 16. On defense they limited the Jazz to 42% shooting and 13 of 45 from three. Portland fell to 4-1 after their 119-98 home defeat to Miami Heat. Trailblazers shot 44% in the loss with 32% from three. Damian Lillard led the team with 22 points. Shaedon Sharpe off the bench scored 15 points. Defensively they allowed the Heat 51% shooting with 39% from beyond the arc. Rockets 27th in offensive efficiency averaging only 106.4 points per 100 possessions as they shot only 41.9% overall. Trailblazers play at a low pace. No Lillard a concern for the Trailblazers offense. Play Houston and Portland under 225.5.