Free NBA Picks For Today 1/5/2023
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Orlando Magic NBA Pick Prediction 1/5/2023
Grizzlies at Magic—Green out for Memphis with Clarke questionable. Moritz Wagner, Okeke and Isaac out for the Magic with Bol Bol doubtful. Suggs questionable.
Memphis improved to 24-13 with their 131-107 road win at Charlotte Hornets. Grizzlies pulled down fifteen more boards than the Hornets. Team shot 50% with 30% from three. Ja Morant had 23 points and eight assists. Desmond Bane had 19 and eleven rebounds.
Memphis held the Hornets to 40% shooting along with 29% from three. Grizzlies built the 76-47 halftime lead. Orlando improved to 14-24 with their 126-115 home win to the Oklahoma City Thunder. They grabbed sixteen more boards than the Thunder. Orlando shot 52% with 39% from three.
Paolo Banchero had 25 points and eight rebounds. Gary Harris had 18 and three boards. Magic held Oklahoma City to 40% shooting with 41% from three. Magic won with nine players due to injuries and suspensions. But Orlando had rest advantage against OKC who was on a back to back.
Memphis has won four straight sitting tops in defensive efficiency by allowing 102.7 points per 100 possessions while scoring 117.8 per 100. Magic had lost four straight prior to catching OKC on a back to back. Play Memphis -6.
Boston Celtics vs. Dallas Mavericks NBA Pick Prediction 1/5/2023
Celtics at Mavericks—Gallinari out for the Celtics. Finney-Smith, Green and Kleber out for the Mavs. Boston fell to 26-12 with their 150-117 road defeat to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Team shot 45% with 30% from three. Jaylen Brown had 29 points with two assists.
Jayson Tatum scored 27 with six boards. They turned it over 17 times. Boston allowed 59% shooting with 50% from three. No Shai Gilgeous Alexander for OKC. Boston allowed 40 second quarter points and 48 in the third. Dallas improved to 22-16 with their 111-106 road win to the Houston Rockets. Mavs shot 42% with 30% from three.
Luca Doncic had 39 points and 12 rebounds. Christian Wood scored 21 with seven boards. Mavs allowed 46% shooting to the Rockets with 31% from three. Dallas overcame a second half 18 point deficit. Celtics have failed to cover five straight on the road averaging 110.7 points per 100 possessions while allowing 130.6 per 100.
Mavericks have won seven straight sitting seven in offensive efficiency by scoring 121.8 points per 100 possessions and allowing 115.9 per 100. Play Dallas +2.5.
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Utah Jazz vs. Houston Rockets NBA Pick Prediction 1/5/2023
Jazz at Rockets—Tate out for Houston with Sexton out for the Jazz. Utah fell to 19-21 after their 117-115 home defeat to the Sacramento Kings. Jazz shot 43% with 30% from three. Lauri Markkanen had 28 points with eight rebounds. Jordan Clarkson scored 24 with three rebounds. Team committed 16 turnovers.
On defense, Utah allowed 53% shooting to the Kings with 28% from three. Jazz allowed a layup from Fox with under a second left in defeat. Houston fell to 10-28 with their 119-108 road defeat to the New Orleans Pelicans. Rockets pulled down eight fewer boards than the Pelicans. Team shot 44% with 32% from three.
Jalen Green had 16 points and four assists. Kenyon Martin scored 16 with two boards. They allowed 46% shooting to New Orleans with 37% from three. Rockets fell behind 45-22 after one quarter. Williamson and Ingram did not play.
Rockets have lost ten of eleven sitting last in offensive efficiency by scoring 108 points per 100 possessions while giving up 118.2 per 100. Houston in back to backs averaging six points below overall average.
Jazz on a five game losing streak scoring 116.3 points per 100 possessions while allowing 119 per 100. With rest advantage and close losses will take Utah -6.
LA Clippers vs. Denver Nuggets NBA Pick Prediction 1/5/2023
Clippers at Nuggets—George questionable for the Clippers with Batum out. Green, Watson and Gillespie out for the Nuggets. LA Clippers fell to 21-18 with their 110-100 home defeat to the Miami Heat. Clips were outrebounded by 14 in defeat. Team shot 43% with 41% from three.
Paul George had 25 points and seven assists. Marcus Morris scored 14 with seven rebounds. Clippers allowed 46% shooting to the Heat with 33% from three point range. Kawhi sat with an illness. Heat held the Clips to 17 fourth quarter points and scored 29.
Denver fell to 24-13 with their 124-111 road defeat to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Nuggets shot 46% with 38% from three. Nikola Jokic had 24 points with nine assists. Michael Porter had 18 with two boards. On defense, Denver allowed 52% shooting to the Timberwolves with 36% from three.
Nuggets allowed a 15-2 run by the Timberwolves to close out the first half. Nuggets have won eight of nine at home scoring 118.7 points per 100 possessions while allowing 111.3 per 100. Clippers on a three game losing streak surrendering 120.2 points per 100 possessions while scoring 114.9 per 100. Play Denver -4.5.
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