NBA Free Picks & Predictions: February 21 - 23

NBA Free Picks & Predictions: February 21 - 23

Last night saw a return to the NBA regular season, after awe-inspiring tribute to the late Kobe Bryant at this years’ NBA All-Star event.

The Rockets, 76ers and Bucks all continue their win streaks, while a hard-fought win for the Hawks over the Bulls ended 129-124, with Trae Young putting up a career-high 50 points, 8 assists and 2 rebounds.

We kick things off this weekend, as the Slovenian All-Star Luka Doncic and the Mavs travel to Florida to face the Orlando Magic. As well as that, the weekend features 76ers vs Bucks, Jazz vs Rockets, and more.

Can the 76ers overcome the Eastern leaders the Bucks?

 

Dallas Mavericks (2.40) @ Orlando Magic (1.61)

The Mavericks have been pretty flat in their recent games, though they did have Luka back in the last and he seemed to steady the ship. The Mavericks is winning considerably more games when Luka plays than when he doesn’t.

Dallas is 33-22 for the season and is still comfortably in the Playoff places, but there are teams catching up quickly. Dallas is achieving the third-highest points per game average in the league, putting up 116.4ppg, while allowing 110.5ppg.

The Magic will enter this one having won their last two games, against the Pistons and Hawks and they go 24-31 overall. They’re just inside the Playoff positions, though they go 3-7 in their last ten and will need to improve if they are to make it.

Orlando may not be too hot offensively, but they boast one of the best defensive records in the league. At present, they’re allowing just 103.9 points per game on average, the second-highest in the league.

They’ll need that defence tonight if they are going to stop the formidable Luka Doncic, who is putting up an average of 28.9 points per game and assisting an average of 8.7 per game. Although the NBA betting odds favour Orlando, we peg the Mavs to win.

Take the Mavericks to win.

Dallas Mavericks To beat Orlando Magic
2.40
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Philadelphia 76ers @ Milwaukee Bucks

Both the 76ers and Milwaukee Bucks will go to the NBA Finals this year, having put excellent performances throughout the regular season. Philadelphia is 35-21 for the season so far, while the Bucks go 47-8 outright.

The 76ers faced the Brooklyn Nets in their first game back after the All-Star break, winning the game 112-104. They struggled in the second, but an excellent third-quarter performance saw them over the line.

Joel Embiid stole the show once again, putting up 39 points, 2 assists and a colossal 16 rebounds. Despite Embiid’s efforts this season, Philly is averaging just 108.7ppg. However, defensively they’re the third-strongest in the league, allowing just 106.2ppg.

The Bucks, who are top of the Eastern Conference, going 47-8 overall, were back to winning ways in their first game back, overcoming the Pistons 126-106. Giannis was excellent once again, picking up 33 points, 4 assists and 16 rebounds.

Pick the Bucks to win here.

Milwaukee Bucks To beat Philadelphia 76ers
TBA
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Houston Rockets @ Utah Jazz

This is the biggest clash in the Western Conference this weekend, and as such, we made this our NBA free pick of the weekend. Houston enters this game, looking to make it a third-straight victory, as they look to overtake Utah and go into fourth in the West.

The Rockets overcame the Warriors in their first game back, with the game ending 135-105. James Harden (29p,10a,3r), Russell Westbrook (21p,10a,5r) and Robert Covington (20p,1a,5r) were the standout players in the win for Houston.

Houston is putting up an average of 118.5ppg, while the Jazz is managing just 111.3ppg. Though these teams differ greatly, one functioning as a defensive unit and the other designed to outscore their opponents.

Though Mitchell Donovan and Bojan Bogdanovic aren’t exactly slackers on offence. They are averaging 24.3 and 21.0 points per game, respectively. It will be a real test for both teams, as they expose one another’s weaker aspects of their overall team performance.

Expect the Rockets to win again.

Houston Rockets To beat Utah Jazz
TBA
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Boston Celtics @ Los Angeles Lakers

The Boston Celtics will travel the STAPLE Center on Sunday, to face the league leaders in the Western Conference, the Los Angeles Lakers. The Celtics enter this one with two wins on the bounce, while the Lakers look to make it 5 wins in five.

The Lakers go 41-12 for the season and sit second in the NBA power rankings, just behind the Milwaukee Bucks. They’re averaging 114.7ppg, with Anthony Davis leading the scoring tables for the Lakers, putting up an average of 26.6ppg.

The Celtics will arrive in California with a lot of momentum having won eight of their last ten games. The Celtics boast the second-best defensive record in the season so far, allowing an average of 106.2ppg.

The Celtics have a consistent group of players putting up the points. The likes of Jayson Tatum (averaging 22.4ppg), Kemba Walker (averaging 21.8ppg), Jaylen Brown (averaging 20.2ppg) and Gordon Hayward (averaging 17.3ppg) will be relied upon again by Brad Stevens this weekend.

Given that these two teams are fairly evenly matched, the odds will be quite tight. Although, when this game's betting odds are released, they will probably favour a win for the Lakers.

Pick The Lakers to win in front of the home crowd.

Los Angeles Lakers To beat Boston Celtics
TBA
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