Free NBA Picks
In my pre-season prediction of each team’s record, I believe I had the Jazz in the mid-50s and the 3-seed in the Western Conference. Even with Donovan Mitchell’s objectively putrid shooting splits, I didn’t anticipate Utah slipping down as far as they have. But there’s evidence that a heel turn is on the horizon. Will that be today? Read our free pick.
After limping out of the gate with an 0-4 start, the Thunder have reclaimed their status as a Western Conference powerhouse by downing 14 of their last 17 opponents. Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but Russell Westbrook is currently 0.2 assists per game shy of averaging a triple-double, and the Thunder are 8-2 in games when he’s taken the floor. More importantly, OKC has cobbled together a competent supporting cast for Westbrook for the first time in his post-Durant life. The names don’t fly off of the page – Hamidou Diallo, Jerami Grant, Nerlens Noel, Dennis Schroder – but they play hard and try on defense, and with Westbrook puppeteering the rest of the show, it’s a recipe for success. Will the Westbook Train get the -1 cover for sports bettors?
If it weren’t for the Kings and the Hawks and their recklessly quick offenses, the New Orleans Pelicans would be playing at the fastest pace by an NBA team in the last 25 years. But unlike those two teams, the Pelicans rank in the top-7 in Offensive Rating, and Alvin Gentry has finally found a formula to tap into Anthony Davis’ true potential. It turns out that revolving every personnel decision and offensive scheme around one of the five most athletic and talented forwards in NBA history might be a good thing for the Pelicans. They’ve got the scoring part down – Can they do it at the Hornets pace? KC has your NBA pick!
The Boston Celtics have been playing better basketball over their past couple of games, and this will be the first real test that the Timberwolves will face in their post-Butler season. Go ahead and ask Sixers fans what they think about Covington versus Boston. Spoiler alert: it ain’t pretty. Instead, look for Minnesota to run through their workhorse Karl-Anthony Towns. He has his warts, but his talent is undeniable, and I like his chances of feasting on a Boston frontcourt that features a hobble Al Horford, the Man-Bun Aron Baynes and Fatter Draymond Guerschon Yabusele. Can Minnesota’s depth create a situational advantage with Boston on a back to back?