Free NBA Picks For 12th March

Free NBA Picks For 12th March

March 11, 2019

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It’s a tight race for playoff positions in the Eastern Conference so we’ve got to focus on the Pistons / Nets game first.

The upcoming game against the Nets could prove pivotal to the Pistons playoff chances and bookmakers are predicting a close contest.

Detroit Pistons vs. Brooklyn Nets @ Barclays Center

Past Meetings And Stats

The Pistons and Nets have played each other three times this season but all three meetings came in 2018. Nets were victorious on two occasions, winning the most recent game by 120-119 in overtime.
In the three contests to date this season, there has been only six points between them combined. They are very equal in regards to ability and that’s evident with the statistics.

Detroit are riding a five-game winning streak after beating the Chicago Bulls 131-108 on Monday and they have recent wins over the Timberwolves and Raptors.

That holds them in good stead for the rest of the season but standing in their way are the Nets, which are riding a three-game winning streak. Recent wins have come over the Mavericks, Cavaliers and Hawks. All three of those teams are much opposition to face but they were good performances all the same.

Verdict

Bookmakers have sided with the Nets, albeit narrowly with a –2 line. Despite the Nets having a 20-16 home record, we think the Pistons could come into New York and extend their winning streak to six games.

The 34-31 team is eyeing a playoff spot and scoring a win over the Nets would help bridge that gap. Go with the Pistons in a tight contest.

Detroit Pistons vs. Brooklyn Nets Free Pick
Pistons +2 @ 1.93 MoPlay, RedZone

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Utah Jazz @ Vivint Smart Home Arena

It has been a tough stretch for the Thunder, which looked good earlier this season and it’s not about to get any easier as they face the Utah Jazz at home on Tuesday.

The Jazz are going about their business this season and bookmakers are siding with the home team here.

Past Meetings And Stats

This is the fourth meeting between the Thunder and Jazz this season, with the Thunder taking all three games to date. That includes a 148-147 overtime win in dramatic fashion last month.

The Jazz have been relatively consistent towards the latter stages of the season, posting wins over the Pelicans, Bucks, Nuggets and Clippers. All four wins are quality and they are much better performances than the Thunder have been producing of late.

Thunder fans will be concerned about their losses to the Clippers, Timberwolves, Spurs and 76ers already this month. The slide has seen them fall down the Western Conference rankings and a much better effort will be needed here.

Jazz do have injury concerns but they are trending in the right direction.

Verdict

The Thunder is a side which could get hot at any time throughout the season but we’re going with the form side as of now.

Utah have been consistent throughout the 2018/2019 season and with home advantage, that should be enough to get them over the line.

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Utah Jazz Free Pick
Jazz -3.5 @ 1.93 MoPlay, Marathon, RedZone

Boston Celtics vs. LA Clippers @ STAPLES Center

With the LA Lakers out of playoff contention, focus in LA turns to the Clippers, which could take a big scalp on Tuesday.

Past Meetings And Stats

These two teams don’t meet often but they did play last month when it was the Clippers coming out on top 123-112 in Boston. The away win will give the Clippers confidence coming into this game and that’s something Boston is starting to get back.

Boston have been average for most of the season but they have scored three wins in a row entering this game. They came over the Kings, Lakers and a big upset win over the Warriors, defeating the champions by 33 points.

The Clippers have been equally impressive of late, winning games over Kings, Knicks, Lakers and Thunder. They are clearly the better team in LA and they should see the Lakers’ fans coming out to STAPLES Center in support.

We’re not surprised to see bookmakers framing this market as a close contest and it shouldn’t disappoint.

Verdict

Bookmakers have the Celtics as –1.5 favorites but we can see the Clippers scoring a minor upset. They own a 19-12 home record and Boston have been far from excellent on the road.

This game could have a big impact on the playoffs and we believe a loss for the Clippers will have a bigger impact on their playoff position than it will for the Celtics.

Based on that, we’re going with the home side in what should be one of the better NBA games this week.

Boston Celtics vs. LA Clippers Free Pick
Clippers @ 2.00 WilliamHill, Bet365, Sportingbet, Betway

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