NBA Picks and Predictions for 4/28/21 - Free NBA Picks
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It’s a loaded Wednesday of basketball across the NBA with 20 different teams in action. As the playoffs get closer, every game becomes more and more important, especially with the expanded playoff field this season. Let’s break down and give a free pick on each game n the schedule.
Orlando Magic at Cleveland Cavaliers (3.5) Total: 210.5
The Orlando Magic and Cleveland Cavaliers are two of the worst teams in the NBA and this game could actually have more impact on the draft position rather than playoff position. This is a pieced-together Magic team and this is going to be another game that they have some issues scoring. The Cavs offense is also inconsistent and that will lead to this game staying under the total. Back the under.
Pick: Under 210.5
Atlanta Hawks at Philadelphia 76ers (-8) Total: 215
The Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers are both fighting for playoff positioning. One of the big questions heading into this season for the Hawks is the status of Trae Young who had to miss Monday’s game and it’s unclear if he is going to be able to go in this game. Even if Young doesn’t play, I think that actually opens up more value with the Hawks.. Look for the Hawks offense to find enough success to keep this game close and they will come away with a cover of the spread.
Pick: Hawks +8
Los Angeles Lakers at Washington Wizards (+1.5) Total: 228.5
The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to get Anthony Davis back in this game, but this is probably a game he will be in for limited minutes. Even without their star players, the Lakers have stayed above water, and their defense is going to be the difference in this game. The WIzards will struggle to score and the Lakers will come away with a win and a cover of the spread.
Pick: Lakers -1.5
Charlotte Hornets at Boston Celtics (-6) Total: 215
The Charlotte Hornets and Boston Celtics will both be playing their second game in as many nights. These two teams just faced off on Sunday and it was the Hornets that were able to win 125-104. The Hornets had four different players score at least 20 points, but in this game I don’t expect they are going to have as balanced of an attack. Back the Celtics to come away with the cover of the spread.
Pick: Celtics -6
Chicago Bulls at New York Knicks (-4) Total: 209.5
The Bulls are coming off a win against the Miami Heat on Monday while the Knicks were defeated by eight points against the Suns. The Knicks have been known for their defense this season but they weren’t as strong in the last game and the Bulls are going to take advantage. The pace of this game is going to be quick and the over is going to cash with ease.
Pick: Over 209.5
San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat (-4.5) Total: 213
The Miami Heat have had some real issues so far this season but they did play the Spurs four games ago and the defense locked down in that game giving up only 87 points and that led to the blowout victory. The Heat’s defense is going to lock down again in this game and the Spurs will have no answer. Back the Heat to cover the spread.
Pick: Heat -4.5
Portland Trail Blazers at Memphis Grizzlies (-1.5) Total: 240
The Grizzlies and Trail Blazers faced off on Sunday and it was Memphis that was able to come away with a 120-113 victory. The Trail Blazers don’t play a whole lot of defense but they are happy to play at a fast pace. Look for both teams to lack any sort of defense and for the over to cash.
Pick: Over 240
New Orleans Pelicans at Denver Nuggets (-4) Total: 230.5
The Nuggets are still adjusting to life without Jamal Murray but they have still found success with him on the bench. In the last game against the Grizzlies, the defense was elite giving up only 96 points. The Pelicans have been a good offensive team, but in this game, they are going to struggle to score against a strong Nuggets defense. Back the Nuggets to win this game and cover the spread.
Pick: Nuggets -4
Los Angeles Clippers at Phoenix Suns (-4) Total: 221.5
This is an enormous game for both the Clippers and Suns as they sit only a game apart from each other in the standings.The biggest issue for this Suns team has been with their inconsistency and they had lost two games in a row before winning their last game against the Knicks. The Clippers are coming off a loss though against the Pelicans and they are banged up. Kawhi Leonard will be out for this game and Paul George is questionable. The Clippers will struggle to score and the Suns will cover the spread.
Pick: Suns -4
Utah Jazz (-8.5) at Sacramento Kings Total: 222.5
The Utah Jazz are still the best team in basketball but for some reason they have had all kinds of issues against the Timberwolves, losing each of their last two games. This isn’t the Wolves though, and the Jazz are going to get back on the right track. The Kings still don’t play any defense and the Jazz will take advantage. Back the Jazz against the spread.
Pick: Jazz -8.5