Free NBA Picks For Today 1/16/2023
Boston Celtics vs. Charlotte Hornets NBA Pick Prediction 1/16/2023
Celtics at Hornets—Brown and Gallinari out for the Celtics with White probable. Oubre out for Charlotte with Hayward doubtful. Boston improved to 32-12 with their 122-106 road win at Charlotte Hornets. Celtics shot 47% with 36% from three. Jayson Tatum had 33 points and nine rebounds. Malcolm Brogdon had 30 points and three assists. Charlotte shot 47% with 30% from three. LaMelo Ball had 31 points with nine assists. Terry Rozier contributed with 21 and four rebounds. Hornets were held to just 40 points in the second half after putting up 66 in the first half. Six straight wins for the Celtics sitting second in defensive efficiency allowing 106.8 points per 100 possessions while scoring 120.2 per 100. Hornets have lost seven of eight and failing to cover six of those. They sit 27th in defensive efficiency in this span by allowing 120.4 points per 100 possessions while scoring 112.7 per 100. Play Boston -8.
Indiana Pacers vs. Milwaukee Bucks NBA Pick Prediction 1/16/2023
Pacers at Bucks—Haliburton out for Indiana with Turner and Bitadze questionable. Theis and Brown probable. Ibaka, Ingles and Middleton out for Milwaukee. Portis, Holiday and Giannis probable. Indiana fell to 23-21 with their 130-112 home defeat to the Memphis Grizziles. Pacers shot only 37% with 23% from three. Chris Duarte had 25 points and three assists. Bennedict Mathurin had 16 points and three rebounds. Indiana allowed 55% shooting to the Grizzlies with 38% from three. Haliburton and Turner missed the game. Milwaukee fell to 27-16 with their 111-95 road defeat to the Miami Heat. Bucks were outrebounded by 19 after 22 in the game prior. Bucks shot 40% with 40% from three. Bobby Portis had 15 points and seven rebounds. Pat Connaughton had 14 points and eight rebounds. Both team missed rotational players. Giannis and Middleton out for Milwaukee. Herro, Lowry and Robinson out. Pacers have lost three straight sitting 28th in offensive efficiency by averaging 107 points per 100 possessions while allowing 114.9 per 100. Bucks past five home games averaging 112.6 points per 100 possessions while allowing 113.9 per 100. Play Indiana +10.5.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Pick Prediction 1/16/2023
Pelicans at Cavaliers—Ingram, Williamson and Liddell out for New Orleans with Jones questionable. Wade out and Windler doubtful for Cleveland. New Orleans is 26-17 after their 116-110 road victory to the Detroit Pistons. Pelicans shot 49% with 35% from three. Jonas Valanciunas had 33 points and sixteen rebounds. They allowed 48% shooting to the Pistons with only 7 of 30 from three. Cleveland is 27-17 following their 110-102 road defeat to the Minnesota Timberwolves. They lose despite pulling down nine more boards. Cavs shot 49% with only 8 of 28 from three. Jarrett Allen had 19 points and eight rebounds. Evan Mobley scored 19 with eight rebounds. Cleveland allowed 56% shooting to the Timberwolves with 32% from three. NOP has struggled in recent road games against playoff quality teams. Losses by 11 at Boston, 9 at Philadelphia and 15 at Memphis. Play Cleveland -6.5.
Toronto Raptors vs. New York Knicks NBA Pick Prediction 1/16/2023
Raptors at Knicks—VanVleet questionable for Toronto with the Knicks a clean injury report. Toronto fell to 19-24 with their 114-103 home defeat to the Atlanta Hawks. Raptors shot 41% with 24% from three. Scottie Barnes had 27 points with 12 rebounds. Pascal Siakam contributed with 15 and seven rebounds. On defense, they allowed 51% shooting to the Hawks with 41% from three. ATL built the 17 point lead after three quarter. NYK improved to 25-19 with their 117-104 road win at Detroit Pistons. They pulled down fourteen more boards than the Pistons. Knicks shot 45% with 40% from three. Julius Randle had 42 points and fifteen rebounds. Jalen Brunson scored 27 with five rebounds. New York allowed 45% shooting to the Pistons with 41% from three. Detroit was without scorer Bogdanovic and several rotational players as they had nine players available. NYK has won seven of eight sitting third in defensive efficiency by allowing 108.5 points per 100 possessions while scoring 116.4 per 100. Raptors have lost eight of ten against the division allowing 51% shooting. Play New York Knicks -3.
Golden St Warriors vs. Washington Wizards NBA Pick Prediction 1/16/2023
Warriors at Wizards—Thompson out for GSW with Wiseman and JaMychal Green doubtful. Kuminga and Iguodala questionable. Beal questionable for the Wizards. GSW fell to 21-22 with their 132-118 road defeat to the Chicago Bulls. Warriors shot 49% with 41% from three. Klay Thompson had 26 points and four assists. Stephen Curry had 20 points and ten rebounds. They turned it over 23 times. Golden St allowed 51% shooting to the Bulls with 38% from three. Warriors allowed 73 second half points and blew a fifteen lead after one quarter. Washington drops to 18-25 after their 112-108 home defeat to the New York Knicks. Wizards shot 39% with 31% from three. Kyle Kumzma had 40 points and seven assists. Kristaps Porzingis scored 21 with four rebounds. Washington allowed 45% shooting to New York with 28% from three. Warriors past seven road games allowing 119.6 points per 100 possessions while scoring 113.3. Back to back spot and Wizards with two days rest advantage. Always have to worry about Curry and Draymond Green play back to backs. Play Washington +3.
Miami Heat vs. Atlanta Hawks NBA Pick Prediction 1/16/2023
Heat at Hawks—Lowry, Robinson, Jovic and Yurtseven out for Miami with Martin questionable. Capela questionable for ATL with Young probable. Miami improved to 24-20 after their 111-95 home win to Milwaukee Bucks. Heat crushed the Bucks on the glass by a 51-32 margin. Team shot 52% with 50% from three. Gabe Vincent had 27 points and three rebounds. Bam Adebayo had 20 points and thirteen rebounds. Miami allowed 40% shooting to Milwaukee with 40% from three. There was no Giannis and Middleton for Milwaukee. Herro, Lowry and Robinson were out for Miami. Atlanta drops to 21-22 after their 114-103 road win to the Toronto Raptors. Hawks hit 51% with 41% from three. Trae Young had 29 points and nine assists. Dejounte Murray contributed with 27 and eight rebounds. Atlanta limited the Raptors to 41% shooting with 7 of 29 from three. Hawks built the seventeen point lead after three quarters. Heat have won six of eight sitting fifth in defensive efficiency allowing 109.5 points per 100 possessions while scoring 114.6 per 100. Heat division form outstanding in their back to back wins against Milwaukee. Play Miami -1.
Utah Jazz vs. Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Pick Prediction 1/16/2023
Jazz at Timberwolves—Olynyk out for Utah with Markkanen and Gay questionable. McLaughlin and Towns out for Minnesota. Edwards, Gobert and Prince questionable. Utah fell to 22-24 with their 118-117 home defeat to the Philadelphia 76ers. They did pull down 11 more boards than the Jazz. Team shot 48% with 30% from three. Jordan Clarkson had 38 points and nine rebounds. Talen Horton Tucker had 20 points and six rebounds. They allowed 45% shooting to the 76ers with 44% from three. Jazz gave up the game winning shot by Joel Embiid with five seconds remaining. Minnesota improved to 22-22 with their 110-102 home win to the Cleveland Cavaliers. They did pull down nine more boards than the Cavs. Timberwolves shot 56% with 32% from three. Anthony Edwards had 26 points and seven assists. Naz Reid had seventeen points and seven boards. Minnesota allowed 49% shooting to the Cavaliers, 29% from three and forced 18 turnovers. T’Wolves bench contributed with 56 points. Jazz have dropped 16 of 24 on the road. Jazz have dropped eight of eleven scoring and allowing 116 points per 100 possessions. Timberwolves have won six of seven averaging 117 points per 100 possessions while allowing 112.2 per 100. Play Minnesota -6.5.
Phoenix Suns vs. Memphis Grizzlies NBA Pick Prediction 1/16/2023
Suns at Grizzlies—Booker, Crowder, Johnson, Paul and Payne out for the Suns with Shamet questionable. Green out for Memphis with Morant and Konchar questionable. Phoenix is 21-23 with their 121-116 road defeat to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Suns shot 48% with 61% from three. Damion Lee off the bench had 31 points and six rebounds. Mikal Bridges scored 24 with six assists. They turned it over nineteen times. Phoenix allowed 52% shooting to the Timberwolves with 36% from three. Suns were without Paul, Booker, Payne, Johnson and Shamet. Memphis improved to 29-13 with their 130-112 road win at Indiana Pacers. Grizzlies hit 55% with 38% from three. Ja Morant had 23 points and ten assists. Desmond Bane contributed with 25 and eight boards. Memphis held Indiana to 37% shooting along with 23% from three. Grizzlies caught the Pacers without Haliburton and Miles. Suns have dropped nine of ten sitting 29th in offensive efficiency by averaging 106.6 points per 100 possessions while giving up 114 per 100. Ten straight wins for the Grizzlies averaging 116.9 points per 100 possessions and allowing 108.3 per 100. Play Memphis -9.5.
Houston Rockets vs. LA Lakers NBA Pick Prediction 1/16/2023
Rockets at Lakers— Porter questionable for the Rockets. Davis, Reaves and Walker out for LA with Beverly questionable. Houston fell to 10-33 after their 121-100 road defeat to the LA Clippers. Rockets shot 45% with 23% from three. Eric Gordon had 24 points and three rebounds. Kevin Martin has 22 and nine boards. They turned it over 20 times. Houston allowed 52% shooting to LAC with 44% from three. Rockets were outscored 30-10 in the final quarter. LAL fell to 19-24 with their with the 113-112 home defeat to Philadelphia 76ers. Lakers shot 55% with 30% from three. LeBron James had 35 points and ten assists. Russell Westbrook off the bench had 20 points fourteen boards and 11 assists. They allowed 51% shooting to the 76ers with 35% from three. Westbrook had a chance at the game winner but lost control of the basketball in the closing seconds. Rockets have lost fourteen of fifteen sitting last in offensive efficiency by scoring 107.4 points per 100 possessions while allowing 120.5 per 100. Lakers in the better form in this period sitting with a +12 net rating variance with the Rockets. Play LA -6.5.