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Denver Nuggets vs. New York Knicks NBA Pick Prediction 3/18/2023
Nuggets at Knicks—Gillespie out and Nnaji questionable for Denver. Brunson questionable for NYK. Denver improved to 47-23 after their 119-100 road win at Detroit Pistons. Nuggets pulled down ten more boards than the Pistons. Team shot 53% with 33% from three. They allowed Detroit 46% shooting with 44% from three.
Nuggets outscored Detroit 33-14 in the final quarter. Denver has won five of their past nine on the road shooting 50.6% with a +1.4 net rating by scoring 116.2 points per 100 possessions.
New York improved to 41-30 after their 123-107 road win at Portland Trailblazers. They pulled down fourteen more boards than the Trailblazers. Team shot 52% with 43% from three. NYK held Portland to 38% shooting with 38% from beyond the arc.
Knicks outscored the Trailblazers 74-52 in the second half. They did come back from a 16 point deficit. New York has won six of seven at home shooting 50.3%, 39.7% from three and at +14.1 net rating by scoring 125.9 points per 100 possessions. Nuggets have failed to cover five of six. Knicks enter with three days rest. Play New York +1.5.
Orlando Magic vs. LA Clippers NBA Pick Prediction 3/18/2023
Magic at Clippers—Suggs out for Orlando. Boston, Leonard and Powell out for LAC. Orlando fell to 28-42 with their 116-113 road defeat to the Phoenix Suns. Magic did pull down 12 more boards than the Suns. Team shot 50% with 29% from three and seventeen turnovers. They allowed 48% shooting to the Suns with 37% from three.
Magic has lost four of seven on the road shooting only 32.2% from three with a -3.4 net rating by scoring only 110.6 points per 100 possessions. LAC improved to 37-33 after their 134-126 home win to Golden St Warriors. Clips pulled down eight more boards than GSW. They shot 48% with 47% from three.
Clippers did allow 56% shooting to the Warriors, 47% from three and forced 16 turnovers. LA has won five of nine at home shooting 50.4%, 42% from three and a +1.5 net rating by scoring 119.8 points per 100 possessions. Clippers playing well on this home stand. Magic form makes them tough to back. Play LA Clippers -7.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Indiana Pacers NBA Pick Prediction 3/18/2023
76ers at Pacers—McDaniels out for Philadelphia. Duarte, Haliburton and Mathurin out for Indiana. Philadelphia improved to 47-22 after their 121-82 road win at Charlotte Hornets.
76ers pulled down 27 more rebounds than the Hornets. They shot 50% with 31% from three. They limited the Hornets to 34% shooting with 5 of 35 from three. 76ers held Charlotte to 28 second half points and starters sat in the fourth quarter.
Embiid had 38 points and sat the final 12 minutes. Team has won seven of eight on the road shooting 51.4%, 43.1% from three and a +12.4 net rating by scoring 126.9 points per 100 possessions.
Indiana improved to 32-38 after their 139-123 road win at Milwaukee Bucks. Pacers shot 56% with 48% from three. They did allow 53% shooting to Milwaukee with 34% from three. Indiana outscored the Bucks 84-59 in the second half.
Lopez, Grayson and Crowder were out for Milwaukee. Haliburton missed for Indiana. Pacers have lost four of six at home shooting 50% and a -2 net rating by allowing 122.9 points per 100 possessions. Play Philadelphia -6.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Pick Prediction 3/18/2023
Timberwolves at Raptors—Towns out with Nowell and Edwards questionable for Minnesota. Banton out for Toronto with Koloko questionable. Minnesota fell to 35-36 after their 139-131 road double overtime defeat to the Chicago Bulls.
T’Wolves shot 46% with 43% from three. The surrendered 54% shooting to Chicago with 46% from beyond the arc. Anthony Edwards suffered an injury early on. T’Wolves couldn’t hold a ten point fourth quarter lead.
Minnesota has won six of ten on the road shooting 50.9%, 41.1% from three surrendering and scoring 117 points per 100 possessions. Toronto improved to 34-36 after their 128-111 home win to Oklahoma City Thunder.
Raptors pulled down 20 more boards than the Thunder. Team shot 48% with 44% from three. They allowed 43% shooting to OKC with 42% from three. Toronto outscored the Thunder 35-24 in the fourth quarter.
Raptors have won seven of eight at home with a +7.5 net rating by scoring 118.2 points per 100 possessions. Both teams trending over. Play Minnesota and Toronto over 227.5.
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Sacramento Kings vs. Washington Wizards NBA Pick Prediction 3/18/2023
Kings at Wizards—Holmes, Huerter and Lyles questionable for Sacramento. Cooks out for Washington. Sacramento improved to 42-27 with their 101-96 road win at Brooklyn Nets. They pulled down 16 more boards in victory. Kings shot 39% with 32% from three.
Sacramento limited the Nets to 41% shooting with 36% from three. Big night for Sabonis with 24 points and 21 rebounds. Kings have won six of seven on the road shooting 49.7%, 39.4% from three and a +3.1 net rating by scoring 119 points per 100 possessions.
Washington fell to 32-38 after their 117-94 road defeat to Cleveland Cavaliers. Wizards shot 46% with 35% from three and sixteen turnovers. They allowed 55% shooting to the Cavs with only 21% from three. Wiz core were healthy in defeat.
Kuzma returned after being sidelined with knee soreness and not on the injury report as of this writing. Wizards have dropped five of seven at home shooting 49.8% but a +0.4 net rating by scoring and allowing 113 points per 100 possessions.
Rest advantage for a hot Kings team that has won five of six. Back to back for Washington that has lost four of five. Play Sacramento -2.5.
Miami Heat vs. Chicago Bulls NBA Pick Prediction 3/18/2023
Heat at Bulls—Zeller out for Miami with Lowry questionable. Green doubtful for Chicago. Miami improved to 38-33 with their 138-119 home win to Memphis Grizzlies. Heat shot 60% with 45% from three. They did allow 51% shooting to Memphis, 39% from three and forced sixteen turnovers. Heat built a 28 point lead after three quarters.
Morant, Adams and Clarke missed for the Grizzlies. Heat have lost four of six on the road shooting 42.7%, 30.4% from three and a -8.3 net rating by scoring only 104.1 points per 100 possessions. Chicago improved to 32-37 with their 139-131 double overtime home win to Minnesota Timberwolves.
Bulls shot 54% with 46% from three. They did allow 46% shooting to Minnesota with 43% from beyond the arc. Chicago overcame a ten point deficit after three quarters to force overtime. DeRozan had 49 points.
Bulls have dropped five of eight at home with a +3.5 net rating by allowing 112.1 points per 100 possessions. Chicago scores 5.4 points below overall average in back to back games. Heat two days rest. Play Miami -3.5.
Golden St Warriors vs. Memphis Grizzlies NBA Pick Prediction 3/18/2023
Warriors at Grizzlies—Wiggins, Payton, Jerome and Iguodala out for GSW. Adams and Morant out for Memphis with Williams questionable. Golden St fell to 36-35 with their 127-119 road defeat to the Atlanta Hawks. They did pull down nine more boards than the Hawks.
Warriors shot 48% with 28% from three and seventeen turnovers. They allowed ATL 47% shooting with 39% from three. Ten straight road losses for Golden St. Draymond Green missed the game due to a suspension after receiving his 16th technical the game prior.
GSW past seven road games, all losses, a net rating of -11.2 by allowing 125.3 points per 100 possessions. Memphis improved to 42-27 with their 126-120 road win at San Antonio Spurs. Grizzlies shot 49% with 37% from three and seventeen turnovers. They limited SAS to 40% shooting, 38% from three and forced 19 turnovers.
Grizzlies stormed back from a 29 point deficit early in the third quarter. Memphis past six home games, all wins, shooting only 33.5% from three and a +14.3 net rating by allowing 103.9 points per 100 possessions. Warriors road form poor and always have to worry about players sitting for this game on back to backs. Play Memphis -4.5.
Boston Celtics vs. Utah Jazz NBA Pick Prediction 3/18/2023
Celtics at Jazz—Brogdon, Pritchard, Williams and Gallinari out for Boston. Sexton out for Utah with Clarkson questionable.
Boston improved to 49-22 after their 126-112 road win at Portland Trailblazers. They pulled down fifteen more boards than the Trailblazers. Team shot 47% with 36% from three but sixteen turnovers. They did allow 48% shooting to Portland with 37% from three and eighteen turnovers.
Celtics have won five of nine on the road with a +0.7 net rating by scoring 116 points per 100 possessions. Utah fell to 33-36 after their 119-115 road defeat to the Miami Heat.
Jazz did pull down 11 more boards than Heat. Team shot 48% with 42% from three and eighteen turnovers. They did allow 47% shooting to Miami with 41% from beyond the arc.
Jazz have dropped three of five at home shooting 42.6^ and 29.1% from three with a -5.6 net rating by scoring only 108.9 points per 100 possessions. They do have four days rest. Massive rest advantage for the Jazz here with Boston on a back to back on Game 5 of this 6 game road trip. Play Utah +6.
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